THE Royal Welsh Show week is one of the busiest for journalists in Mid Wales and this year brought not only another chance to interview David Cameron but also former Swansea City player Lee Trundle.
Lee Trundle at the Royal Welsh Show (Peter Williams)
The Prime Minister last year visited the opening day of what is known as Europe’s biggest agricultural show, signalling the start of the Tory general election campaign in Wales. Trundle, now an ambassador for the club where he enjoyed his most high-profile period, admitted the Welsh based English Premier League side were on a similar charm offensive in rural Wales. Continue reading
“If you holding up the wall, then you missing the point”
THE force of energy that is Pharoahe Monch steps across the Globe stage to loud cheers with his DJ and small band having already built the sense of anticipation for the enigmatic Queens MC.
On a sweaty, humid July 1 night in the Welsh capital Monch will soon discard his ceremonial, military style jacket as he get straight into his no compromising set. Continue reading
“Old folks talking bout back in my day/But homie this is my day”
AFTER three months of talking Kanye West’s Saturday night headline slot on the Glastonbury Festival’s revered (by some) Pyramid Stage finally came.
The BBC, which is only occasionally insightful enough to see past a cheap talking point, had been lapping up the ‘hip hop shouldn’t headline Glastonbury’ so called debate from the moment its main 9.30pm coverage started. Top marks though to the researcher who’d dug out Kanye’s 2013 Radio One interview with Zane Lowe, where he firmly stated ‘Rap is the new rock and roll, we the rock stars’. Continue reading
“Whose the Black Sheep/What’s the Black Sheep?”
BILLED as the Black Sheep in reality this was only one half of the group whose 1991 classic LP ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ secured their place in hip hop’s hall of fame.
Dres of the Black Sheep
“Orignal south London trooper/Blak Twang, live from the big smoke”
DETTWORK SouthEast is an undisputed classic of UK hip hop – but until last year few people had heard the 1996 long player in full.
The cover of the remastered version of Dettwork SouthEast released in September 2014
Contractual disputes thwarted Tony Olabode, aka Blak Twang, from releasing his debut at the time he recorded it. A 12″ single release along with a few test pressings of the album and a handful of promo cassettes helped establish the legend of the ‘lost debut’.
“Raises more questions than John Kerry’s entire campaign.”
IN just one sentence, referring to ‘Why?’ by Jadakiss, the Source Magazine identified the failings of the eventually unsuccessful Democratic challenge to George Bush’s presidency in the 2004 US election.
With Britain currently going through the motions of another general election I find myself asking why does a hip hop show raise more questions than weeks of campaigning and TV debates or non debates by the various party leaders. Continue reading
DAVID Cameron’s election campaign rolled into Powys this week and with it the chance for me to interview the Prime Minister.
My picture, from the back of the room, as David Cameron addresses Welsh Tories near Builth Wells
When I say interview, I mean ask a question. Yes Dave finds the time to face the local press corps, six minutes to be exact. That works out as one question each for four newspaper reporters, including myself, and one radio journalist.