Sage Francis @ The Globe, Cardiff

“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

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

The Jungle Brothers @ The Globe, Cardiff

“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

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.
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Britain’s American Football Warriors

"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.

The South Wales Warriors (in green) prepare to punt to the London Olympians
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The Glasgow golden girls and Wales’ greatest athletes

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

Misty In Roots @ The Globe, Cardiff

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

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