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Golden Globe Nominations v Finland Prime Minister #GoldenGlobes #SannaMarin

December 10, 2019

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Whilst Hollywood fails again to recognise that women exist on Planet Earth, Finland elects a new Prime Minister. Her name is Sanna Marin and she become the world’s youngest serving PM. The other four governing parties of Finland also have women leaders, flipping the script on what is deemed to be normal expectations in politics.

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Courtesy of ‘The Thinker

 

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Bollywood Fever 2019 – Pics and Video @BFI #BFIMusicals @ace_national

December 8, 2019

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On 23rd November 2019, Bollywood Fever celebrated 18 years of the epic LAGAAN: Once upon a time in India by bringing the movie back to the big screen.

Teaming up with Aakash Odedra Company & SHIAMAK UK, the screening was brought to life through live dance, expertly choreographed and performed.

Pre-event entertainment included a live music show from Shama, Chirag Rao, Nimesh Sanghoi and The 515 Crew, VR Cricket entertainment from IB Cricket, Face painting, Mehndi, Photo Booth fun and street food desi-style. Also courtesy of our media partners The Bharat Army, they were on hand to provide complimentary goody bags to all guests.

MEDIA PARTNERS:

The Bharat Army, Team India’s No. 1 Global Supporter Group & Sunrise Radio

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk with support from Arts Council England and Croydon Council.

For the full set of pictures then visit: www.bollywoodfever.co.uk 

Andrew Ashong brings live music to The Ends

December 6, 2019

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ANDREW ASHONG is a man who you either know, have seen or have heard through his music. If it is in fact none of the above, he is certainly someone where the conversation will flow as it did for us when we met up for a coffee.

GHANA – FOREST HILL – FLOWERS – THEO PARRISH – DJ – ARTIST – MUSICIAN – YOGA – COMMUNICATOR – FRIEND – THINKER – INSPIRED – INSTRUMENTALIST – SINGER

For those that have crossed paths or caught a conversation with him, any one of the above words can almost certainly be affiliated with him. Ironically after sitting down before his anticipated gig at one south London’s newest venues ‘The Front Room’ tonight, Friday 6th December, we discovered that like his music Andrew isn’t someone to be defined by labels. It is perhaps this openness and sense of freedom that comes through his music and attracts music lovers to his sound and infectious shows. Here is what went down when we spoke:

How has the year been for you and how is Andrew?

This last year I specifically embraced the word “no” and backed away from gigs. I put live performances and DJing on a back burner as:

I wanted to put myself back into the studio.

After years of doing loads of gigs, I wanted to make sure I was back on recording. I have always been recording so much music so I never felt the urgency to release it. But through doing so many gigs I realised I wasn’t doing enough writing and recording. Before this, everyday would involve some sort of music making so I’ve enjoyed getting back in to the studio.

The studio:

“In the studio you’re exploring things; indulging. All of my songs have been very immediate without too much overthought and have not been ‘over-laboured’. I press record and it would flow out”.

“Recordings are a moment in time. Then when you perform them they become a different thing”.

Now when I record, at the back of my mind is ‘we might be playing this live at some point‘ so that affects the mindset whilst in the studio.

Live shows:

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“Previously I had done so much of the indulging that the gigging was a whole new discipline. It took me a few years to get in to it fully and wholeheartedly but on stage the songs take a whole different life”.

If there was ever a reason to check out Andrew’s show this evening at The Front Room, it would be to see the songs evolve on stage in front of you. He performs with a band that he quite often rotates. With this in mind each musician will bring their own interpretation to the performance, which means that each show is different.

“All the stuff I’ve released it’s only me. That’s why when I play live it’s very much a different beast. It’s entirely exciting and spontaneous”.

You’re good to let that be?

“Absolutely. That’s what makes it interesting. Everything is an interpretation”.

As he says this, our minds wander back to when we caught Femi Kuti on stage earlier this year at Royal Festival Hall. It’s something special when you can witness an artist on stage almost acting like a conductor of an orchestra but in this case allowing a sense of freedom amongst the band so as to create something unique on each occasion.

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In constantly evolving times, how do you stay relevant to your fans and new audiences?

What is relevance? J Dilla’s appreciation shot up since his passing.

“You can shape yourself to be what you think is relevant but in reality relevance is always moving so we’re always playing catching.

A way to answer this question is to look at what just naturally happens. By saying this, I find that people reach out to me and just by being out and about, I do meet a lot of people and get in to conversation. People may reflect on a recent gig of mine they went to, or a song they could relate to.

Also I’ve been in the music scene for a while as it’s gone through it’s different iterations. I’ve been DJing since I was 15 years old and I’m constantly meeting people in this capacity, as a vinyl collector, at shows, after my shows”.

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It is such a ‘DIY’ home made thing I’m doing. Some time may go by and I almost forget what I did then someone recalls what a track meant to them. So it’s a real blessing to hear this“.

Music and his sound…

“It’s always felt quite personal. It’s particular people that related to it in a personal way. My sound has never really been part of a particular genre. Also even till now some people are not aware that I play all instruments on the records. I guess this is becoming more infrequent these days”…

Interacting with people and fans keeps Andrew relevant and creates that connection that is becoming all too less transparent in the world of social media. 

How do you retain your audience?

“Someone did come up to me at a record fair and congratulated me on ‘Flowers’ which in her world was one of the last tunes everyone was able to enjoy without any social media assistance at all. There was something that changed around that time.

“After 2012 I reluctantly went on it at the time. Social media now appears to be essential, which is also why it’s funny with my first release where people didn’t know who was behind it. It was good for me to see people respond to just the music”.

“The marker of whether is music connecting beyond skin, genre, local communities – this is where one can really resonate with the human condition”.

What can people to expect from The Front Room gig?

“I like the idea of every gig being a one off moment of presence. It’s only happening now so I tailor make  performances to that particular moment. The Front Room is set up to be a standing audience so I’m going to make sure the show will be lively”.

“Croydon as a destination is constantly evolving. It is so big in itself and is taking on a cultural shift, where it has all the makings of a self-contained scene where people stay local”.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

“I guess I relate to someone with the mind like Prince. There aren’t that many single instrument musicians out there. For me everything is about the collaborative sound. If there was the one individual for me to pick then it would have to be Jorge Ben – I just love his general musical sensibilities and how he approaches everything. The fact that he never really falls into one style sound or genre. He’s one of these guys that moves – He’s a bit of a Don”.

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What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Andrew pauses and properly contemplates here…

“A friend of mine that’s an A&R and a great musician and has been involved in some successful projects and with the best artists, said to me when I was first doing my live shows that…

“…you’re the artist and it’s up to you how you want to do the live show. You’re just showing you now. It hasn’t got to be what it will be in 5 years or 10 year’s time when you’ve built it into this beautiful unique thing. When you’re making a song all you’re doing is what you’re doing now. You mustn’t get too stifled or distracted on what it can be. You mustn’t be intimidated by the idea of ‘perfection’ It’s a snapshot – a photo of where you’re at today. They are coming to see you what you decide to present to them. It’s up to you and there aren’t any rules”.

“Anyone I meet who’s in the music game especially those on the rise, I try and remind them of this. It’s important to let go of the hunger for perfection”.

Catch ANDREW ASHONG performing tonight at:

V E N U E :  T H E  F R O N T  R O O M

A D D R E S S : 3 7 – 3 9  S T. G E O R G E S  W A L K, C R O Y D O N. C R 0 1 Y L

T I C K E T S :  C L I C K  H E R E

FOLLOW ANDREW ASHONG ON:

F A C E B O O K

I N S T A G R A M

Y O U T U B E

S O U N D C L O U D

Courtesy of ‘The Thinker

ANDREW ASHONG THE FRONT ROOM

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