West London’s Under The Bridge has announced its Autumn live music programme, which features a varied selection of some of the finest acts from around the world.
Highlights include Secret Affair, Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2na; million-selling Britpop legends Dodgy; sublime US singer-songwriter Raul Midon; rising star rapper and producer Fuse ODG; the first show in 20 years from Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart; Brazilian star Ceu; and chart-topping '80s outfit Matt Bianco.
Jesse Boykins III
Alternative R&B singer Jesse Boykins III boasts a five-octave vocal range and a wide scope of inspirations that stretch from classic soul to the likes of Björk and Bilal. He has also soaked up the music of the various cultures to which he has been exposed, including reggae and salsa, but his output is rooted in R&B, occasionally accented with off-center electronics.
Roger Chapman, also known as Chappo, is an English rock vocalist. He is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney in 1966 and also the rock/R&B band Streetwalkers, formed in 1974. His idiosyncratic brand of showmanship led him to become a cult figure on the British rock scene.
Chali 2na has done it all. From his days growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Chicago’s south side, to his subsequent explosion onto Los Angeles’ burgeoning hip-hop scene, to his tenure as MC for seminal hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Chali epitomizes the portrait of a 21st century artist.
Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart feat. Aziz Ibrahim
This October, Jah Wobble celebrates 36 years in music with an ambitious career-spanning 6-CD box set entitled 'ReDux', and the release of brand new single ‘Let’s Go Psycho’. To launch this release he will be reforming his acclaimed group Invaders of the Heart for the first time in 20 years for a special one off concert.
Mamas Gun are a five-piece band who blend Motown, soul, funk and rock influences to stunning effect. Having released two critically acclaimed albums, toured with the likes of De La Soul, Raphael Saadiq and Beverley Knight, and played to tens of thousands of fans worldwide, their third offering, ‘Cheap Hotel’ is a landmark release that will surely take Mamas Gun to a whole new level.
Multi-award winning singer, producer and rapper Fuse ODG is the pioneer of a new wave of African pop music. Born in London and raised in Ghana, Fuse returned to London for his secondary education, and it was here he developed a passion for music, writing and producing songs that sought to amalgamate his African roots with a British urban pop sound. Fresh from the release of his chart-topping single ‘Dangerous Love feat. Sean Paul’, the MOBO Award-winning rapper/singer/producer uses this exclusive show to launch his debut album T.I.N.A.
One of the biggest bands of the ‘90s Britpop era, Dodgy sold over one million records, released three albums and had 12 top 40 singles including ‘Staying Out For The Summer’, ‘In a Room’, ‘If You’re Thinking of Me’ and the top 5 hit ‘Good Enough’.
Singer-songwriter Raul Midón stands at the soulful intersection of R&B, Latin, jazz, reggae and flamenco. His music is a beacon, a rhythmically melodic guide into a world where creative boundaries are erased. “Midón has a lovely voice, a beautifully controlled tenor that can express anything from tenderness to passion. And the guy can play”. The Guardian
Dreadzone recently celebrated 20 years in the game with the release of their 7th studio album ‘Escapades‘. Hit records, critical acclaim and a huge, devoted fan base are theirs, due in part to their unique blend of electro, dub and reggae and utterly storming live shows.
Shaun Escoffery & Avery*Sunshine DOUBLE BILL
The UK’s Shaun Escoffery, a singer with a glorious Curtis Mayfield falsetto whose classic hits ‘Space Rider’ and ‘Days Like This’ are enjoyed by clubgoers worldwide, is back with a new album. ‘In The Red Room’ combines gospel-tinged power – as on the single 'Nature’s Call' - with soulful subtlety.
Revered singer Avery*Sunshine burst onto the UK music scene in 2010 with her eponymous debut album, a blend of soul, jazz and R&B which featured the soul-shaking single ‘I Got Sunshine’.
Sao Paulo-born chanteuse with an alluring fusion of bossa nova, R&B and Brazilian pop. “Brazilian music has a new ambassador.” The Guardian
Formed from the ashes of Blue Ronda a la Turk in 1982, Matt Bianco had a string of top 10 UK hits in 1984 including 'Get out of your lazy bed’, 'Half a minute', 'More than I can bear' & 'Sneaking out the back door'. Spearheading the craze for jazz/pop alongside other acts such as Sade, Everything But the Girl, The Style Council and Working Week, Matt Bianco went on to have more hits and broke into the USA market in 1988 with their Emilio Estefan produced track 'Don’t blame it on that girl’. Expect a mixture of new and older material tonight at this exclusive London show.
'Glory Boys' 35th Anniversary Concert. Released in 1979 on I-Spy Records, 'Glory Boys' was the debut album from Secret Affair. The album featured the smash hit singles 'Time for Action' and 'Let your heart dance', and was a massive commercial and creative success.
Formed in the 1970s in North London, Buster Bloodvessel & Bad Manners became famous during the 2-Tone boom of the time and racked up 15 hit singles including ‘Ne-ne-na-na-na-na-nu-nu’, ‘Special Brew’, ‘Lip UP Fatty’, ‘Lorraine’, ‘Just a feeling’, ‘Can Can’, ‘Walking in the Sunshine’ and many more.
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