Homegrown Hits The Road with Ras Kwame Review By VJ
Curious as we were and trying to bring something new to the website, Tony & I set off to Birmingham on a wet Sunday afternoon, trying to anticipate what to expect, as in the previous few weeks we had covered so many events, that this was totally different in the terms of the genre of music & UK talent.
Punjab2000 team ventured this time not to a club (I hoped not as
day timers we don't do) , but to South Birmingham College.
Upon arrival going through some tight security we meet up with Indy from Radio1xtra who had told us about this event & invited Punjab2000 down to it.
She was really nice to meet & after all the formalities she explained and went through what was going to be happing that afternoon and what this whole event was all about.
So Tony & I walked into this event with an open mind.
The show began with Ras Kwame presenting his show 'Homegrown.
For the people who don’t know who Ras kwame is here is something that would sum him up;
Ras Kwame, 1Xtra's champion of UK talent, has a long and illustrious history in the UK Black music scene.
He worked in Hip Hop, R n B, UK Garage and Reggae as both
a DJ and producer since the mid 80s, making his name in the running and promoting of Kiss FM's Soul Survivors at London's Starlight Club.
He founded the Sugarshack label in 1993 and has worked with acts such as The Fugees, Gangstarr, London Posse and Keith Sweat.
BabyShack Recordings was formed in 1993 making several co-productions and re-mixes for the likes of Chante Moore, George McCrae and the 49ers. By 2000, the UK Garage/2 Step scene gave Kwame's career another boost by becoming one half of a production outfit called M-Dubbs. With collaborations including 'Over Here' featuring Ritche, 'Bump and Grind' featuring Lady Saw and the underground smash 'Body Killin' by The VincentAlvis Project.
In 2001, Kwame launched the International Rudebwoy Recordings operation. This label reflects a more urban flavour with a variety of styles ranging from hip hop to UK Garage. To date, Kwame has DJ'd all over the UK as well as internationally in places as far a field as Germany, Hong Kong, New York and even West Africa.
Ras Kwame's 1Xtra show '100 % Homegrown' is broadcast on Sundays at 6.00 to 9.00pm. It has a unique and highly-acclaimed music policy of playing onlyUK talent and talking to key industry figures. There has been a wide spectrum of artists supported, from fully established acts such as Lemar, to those still trying to get their demo heard – 3 new tracks from unsigned talent
are aired weekly in the regular 'Homegrown Cuts' slot.
The show featured talent from all across the uk,
Birmingham’s :Antourage, Bt&Candy, Midlands Mafia, The Heard, Soweto Kinch, Md7 & Badness.
Nottingham’s: C-Mone, Wrehasha,Shifty Spirit & Wariko
Coventry’s: C.O.V (C.O.V’s lead singer was from Coventry was born in the UK moved to America at the age of 3 that’s why he has a American accent and moved back in the 1990. People sometimes diss him because he is from here and talks in an American accent he went on to clear it all up), Soulful Choir Headed by Angela Baxi
(who also did a wicked appecalla of one of her songs & admits to
NEVER having any singing lesson’s what so ever) & Alex Blood
Leamington Spa’s Notorious Jatt
During the show, South Birmingham college students (aged 17-21) were behind the scenes, stage managing the show as part of their music course.
The show brought a mix style of music with a bit of every thing from
R N B/Grimm/Rap/Soul/Hip Hop/Jazz & Bhangra
All the performers were very good in their own way, to what I had seen and noticed, it wasn’t about who was good or not it was about giving support for the UK TALENT. Many people had turned up to see the live broadcast as well as supporting their friends performing on stage.
During the end of the show Ace & invisible made an appearance where Ras Kwame 'Homegrown' concept was handed over to these guys. They will be broadcasting live from 5 cities across the week and highlighting the local black music scene at every stop, collecting tunes along the way.
1Xtra's tour bus will be touring through cities such as Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool & Cardiff
So if you got talent to flaunt keep an eye out you could be a star or
send a demo to 1XTRA.
The show was well presented with a buzzing atmosphere the Punjab2000 team enjoyed the event look forward to the next one and covered something new and different for the website.
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Review By VJ ([email protected])