Archive | April, 2010

Contagious Celebration

20 Apr

Full of unique performances and astonishing talent, ‘Youth in Celebration’ was definitely a new experience!

Youth in Celebration has young teenagers from thirteen to nineteen with talents ranging from freestyle dancing to singers and poets – all of which were all individually gifted and creative!

The dancers livened up the place with their free styling and other unique choreographies, even pulling out laughs at some of the moves! The audience went wild with their enthusiasm and charisma and were engaged in every second of the performances!

The singers showed their passion in some incredibly moving songs and it was easy to hear the joy they were feeling whilst performing.

The young poet recited an original entitled ‘Trust’ which reached out to the crowd and left everyone wanting more!

Four young girls also created a short drama which had the crowd laughing their hearts out! It was witty, imaginative and downright hilarious!

All in all, the fun at Y.I.C was contagious!

by Iris Vasconcelos

Heart.

15 Apr

I am inspired…

I am compelled by all that I see…

I am entrusted with this vision…

I am blessed through no power of my own…

I am the sound of changing the sheets on a Sunday afternoon…

I am glad you knew me…

I am lucky to feel the way I do about everything…

I am insane…

I am happy…

I am torn between the things I imagine and the things that exist…

I am the desire to never lose…

I am the flesh of a felled apple…

I am the smell of freshly cut grass…

I am lucky to have been born…

I am surrounded by few yet very, very strong minded women (including the one editing this.)…

I am the taste of a cold glass of water at room temperature…

I am the breathing in your sleep…

I am the feeling of accomplishment after defeating fears…

I am the love you never knew…

I am a fan cheering you on when all else is gone…

I am the loyalty that always was…

I am yesterday’s triumphs…

I am today’s victories…

I am tomorrow’s epic win…

I am the UNKNOWN unknown…

I am grateful you’re still here…

I am the thank you that you wanted Mr. Bus driver…

I am knees deep in the water and still cannot swim…

I am excited by the rising tide…

I am the feeling of euphoria derided from seeing it come together for you, my friends…

I am successful in just being able to talk…

I am successful for putting her through school, college and university…

I am quiet…but still so loud through my facial expressions…

I am in love with love…

I am the fatigue from the onslaught of perseverance…

I am not telling you anything you don’t already know…

I am the end of this beginning.

By Lem Leon

What do politicians LOOK like?

14 Apr


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Originally uploaded by Whats Up Information

Ask people on the street what politicians look like and this is what you get. Been making me laugh all day. NOw read Kayla’s blog to get politics explained! http://www.kaylaz-world.blogspot.com

The story of a South London artist trying to make it big continues…

8 Apr

Regular blogger Alika is a musician with ambition. Catch up with the latest goings on as he strives for the record deal he wants so much.

The Red Bull Music Academy teamed up with The Youth of Today to find young musicians to record a new song with a positive message for today’s youth.

On Saturday the 27th of February I had one of the most exhilarating times in my music career experience so far.

Along with the Youth Of Today team I attended the Red Bull Music Academy to meet the winners of a competition we held in preparation of our live launch which took place on the internet.

It was at 11am when we met at London Bridge, and we made our way down to the Studio at a Secret Location. Hint: It looks like a posh pub.

After running around the building and surrounding area out of pure excitement for a while, into the lab we went with theCOOLkids.

UStudios Youth Music Project from Brighton won our competition, which aimed to find positive, talented people in the community. I think that explains just how positive, down to earth and… REAL thses guys and girls are.

We went on to record a positive track about child abuse/neglect in the same booth that was used just a day before by Mr. Hudson, and has been used by the likes of Estelle. I went from London Victoria to Portslade where we shot the video for this song on 7th and 8th April – so expect to see alot more come from this.

In the mean time just listen to the track on my MySpace page.

Written by Alika

Watch videos accompanying Alika’s blog here and here.

Musical menagerie

8 Apr

This art exhibition at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery is the perfect antidote for anyone who normally finds installation art pretentious, boring or just plain weird.

From the moment you walk into the gallery you are led on an exciting journey of sensory discovery, exploring an uncanny world of video, music, sand, grass and most bizarrely real live birds.

This exhibition is less art than experience, a subtle and serene encounter with sound, nature, and digital images.  It is one hundred percent accessible not only because it’s free, but because it is simply fun!  It would be hard not to enjoy visiting this peculiar space.

The artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot breaks the mould with an intriguing installation designed specifically for the Curve gallery. He explores the intermingled themes of daily life, survival, music, and entertainment with a subtlety which respects the intelligence of his visitors. He manages to be original without being offensive or rude.

The artist leads us through two unique spaces, the first of which is a dark corridor where video images of people playing guitars are projected onto black walls and a distant buzzing noise can be heard.

In the second space, the scene completely changes. The walls turn abruptly to white, and all over the floor are dotted about guitars and cymbals on stands. On these stands are possibly the most unlikely things to find in an art gallery, little birds called zebra finches.

The show’s highlight – the zebra finches – live and make music in this space.  Flitting, eating, tweeting and washing they go about their daily lives largely oblivious to the people experiencing their lives in the name of ‘art’.  The amplified sound they make landing to eat off a cymbal or roost on an electric guitar fills the space with spontaneous, eclectic sounds.

It is hard to tear yourself away from these adorable animals; building their homes, developing relationships, have little fights and even laying eggs!

This exhibition is a rare treat, worth visiting by anyone wanting something a bit different, even if you aren’t normally interested in art.  This is interactive art at its sweetest and most genuinely fun. 

Written by Letty

Tales from the musical frontline

6 Apr

Follow Alika as he strives to break into the music business.

“I had one of the most exciting times of my music, modelling and acting career on Saturday 6th March 2010, the Industry Takeover Event was so exhilarating and inspirational. Being in the same space as some of the COOL and most influential people in the UK Music scene right about now including names such as; Ras Kwame(BBC 1Xtra), Miss C (RWD Magazine), Master Shortee, Wretch 32, Ghetto, Griminal, & Princess Nyah etc.

good look to look good

The day started early in the morning with GrimeDaily, Flavour, Edutainment and more stools setting up Live in the Rich Mix Theatre Venue, then we kicked off with some of the finest talent I’ve heard/seen in a long while now on the open mic session then few performers showed how it’s done then the IFE (IFeelExperience) & I (Infecta) took to the stage and demonstrated how to have a good look AND make it look good modelling UK clothing lines like ‘Down Wid It’ and ‘BoxFresh’ plus exclusives from Master Shortee merchandise.

After being apart of the model team I had to make like Pharrell Williams and change clothes to crash the Fashion Show with a quick performance which went really well #just the FYI-BTW. Then strolled of to a few seminars with professional panels to learn how I’m going to Takeover the Industry.

I now have MY secret recipe on how to break into the scene and let the games begin… plus because being around so many positive people it made it easy to get motivated and keep this motivation moving.

By the time the event end came close I had supported; Tribal Man, Mc Versatile and also won an award for Best Male Dancer all on stage. AS IF!?. All this was not good enough I then was able to network with loads of companies, people and more including Producers such as Terra Danjah, Nocturnal etc.”

http://www.myspace.com/datswhoitis

Crackberry

6 Apr

Wotz Ur Addiction ;-)?

Lucid Lem is a feminist….

So on a day where things couldn’t seemingly get any worse – then came the one customer of the day that left me saying “WOW”.

Technology is all around us and makes us connect with anyone, anywhere at anytime. Infact, the mobile telephone that you carry around with you right now most likely contains more technology than the very tills I use to scan people’s goods. That shocking fact aside, it is commonplace for people to tweet about the latest celebrity fail, OMG moment of your day or what they had for lunch but at what price?

hamster

Where's my wheel? I feel sick

Now this customer was nothing out of the ordinary, 6ft male, aged 20 – 26 and on his phone…except what transpired was a truly astonishing moment and was something I had only ever read about and never experienced in real life. Feminists everywhere would have cheered loudly and sported their “I told you so” t-shirts proudly at the fact that the male in question…could not multi-task.

As I was attempting to get his attention to ask him if he wanted a bag, he looked at me blankly as I asked the question. The expression on his face was as if the hamster in the proverbial wheel had keeled over through exhaustion, balloted and was carrying through a union strike. All in 4 seconds.

Out of sheer amazement I then waved at him in the same fashion you would do to test one’s consciousness or ability to see, much to the amusement of the other customers in the line. With no response, I proceeded to speed scan the man’s items and even packed the bag for him to ease the tension of having to think too hard.

Then came the shocker of him terminating the one conversation to start another. All whilst I was waiting for payment! Next I asked for the money again…he then very slowly reached for his wallet and paced his card into the machine…slowly. Asked him if he wanted cash-back and the hamster straight up died right there. He looked me in the eye with as if I were Katie Price reciting PI to 36 digits.

I quickly completed his transaction by skipping that part and even had to forcibly put the bag in his hand for him to get a new hamster in the wheel and move along. So in this day and age with social networking being all the rage and technology rising to the challenge of keeping people connected to the world, its ironic when the lines blur that we can’t ultimately function in both.

He probably tweeted after that something along the lines of:

“Just done sum shopping, OMG how slow woz da till guy! LOLZ!!!”

And they wonder why its street name is a crackberry.