“Two years ago, a friend of mine asked me to say some MC rhymes…”
NOT really, but a few months ago a friend asked if I planned to see an MC, Sage Francis at his Cardiff show.
Sage Francis peforms Jah Didn’t Kill Johnny
So I said ‘not sure’ as Francis wasn’t a rapper I’d checked for but come last Sunday night, (October 19) a hip hop gig at a local venue was too good to turn down. Continue reading
“Like Earth Wind and Fire/Never will retire”
TRUE to their word the Jungle Brothers are still touring more than 20 years on from hip hop’s golden age.
Mike G addresses the crowd
The Globe was still basking in that light on September 26 as the Jbeez were greeted by a circle admiring some of Cardiff’s regular breakers, who soon also had the attention of the Friday night headliners.
“I SING reggae music without apology,” declares Kenyatta Hill, now lead vocalist of Culture the vocal trio his late father Joseph Hill formed in Jamaica in the mid 70s.
BRITISH reggae band the Rasites have promised to ‘bang up’ Blaenau Ffestiniog when they play the town’s Cellb venue tonight.
Talliss of the Rasites at the Globe, Cardiff in the foreground with Kashta Menilek Tafari, far left
"It's the sport of kings, better than diamond rings/That's why we're here to sing, football/Sundays in the snow, referee's whistle blows/Weekend warriors toe-to-toe, football."
WHAT can better encapsulate the 1980s than an LL Cool J rap, a Goldie Hawn film and American Football? Ladies Love recorded his feelings for America's game in Football Rap, the theme tune to 1986 comedy Wildcats.
WALES has enjoyed one of its best ever Commonwealth Games but will female driven success mark a shift in perception of women’s sport in Wales?
Kirsty Wade (821) running the 1,500m at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games
The Olympic cyclist Nicole Cooke has previously said the BBC should be obliged to give equal coverage to women’s sports but another Welsh athlete who can lay claim to the title ‘Welsh sporting great’ has disputed what can appear to be an easily accepted notion that sportswomen receive less recognition than their male counterparts. Continue reading
REPUTATION can be a powerful thing as was evident as Misty In Roots took to the stage for a low-key Sunday evening gig at Cardiff’s intimate Globe.
Misty In Roots frontman Poko centre stage
The Southall reggae band have been together since the 1970s while the Roath venue, over the past four years, has played host to an impressive roster of classic reggae acts. On Sunday the reputation of both ensured a healthy crowd had assembled at the converted Albany Road cinema to greet one of British reggae’s most enduring acts. Continue reading