Focus Hot Summer Tour 2013
 
 
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I think long and hard about what it is I am actually trying to do, and then I kind of narrow my FOCUS into that. If I don't, I am too all over the place.
Billy Corgan
 
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Celebrating Sanctuary London and
Focus Organization present 
Africa Special!
Refugee Week UK

Friday June 21 (7pm to 1am)
@ Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA
£5 advance - £7 on the door
 
 
Ft: Harare / Diabel Cissokho / AJ Holmes DJ set


Celebrating Sanctuary London shines a spotlight on London's refugee communities and their essential, ever changing influence on the cultural life in the capital during Refugee Week UK (16-23 June). This year's edition of CSL consists of various events, including Africa Special! - the night of African music, which is co-presented with Focus Organization, London’s most exciting African music promoters.

Africa Special! focuses on celebrating  the invaluable contribution of African communities make to life in the capital with a night of good-time African grooves featuring two of London's most celebrated African acts Harare and Diabel Cissokho.

Harare – London’s most dynamic Zimbabwean African dance band formed by Kuda Matimba - a former member of the legendary Bhundu Boys. Harare combines different styles from Jit Jive to traditional hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (lamellaphone/thumb piano).

Diabel Cissokho - Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is part of the great line of
Cissokho griots. He enjoyed a long stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player, as well as performing with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Nuru Kane, Daby Balde, Omar Pene and Abdou Diop. Now well established in the UK, Diabel’s virtuosic talent, his “resonant voice and rocking kora style” (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican, where he performed alongside Femi Kuti, Cheikh Lo and Manu Dibango.

AJ Holmes (DJ set) - The afro-obsessed leader of British-Afro-eccentrics AJ
Holmes and The Hackney Empire will be spinning an essential selection of African musical treats from the last fifty years.

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*World Exclusive*

Afrobeets with Dj ZHAO
 
 
 
Summer party soundtrack with the World famous DJ Zhao 
Afro Beets is the hottest new musical genre in the world: it's like older African music, but made for our generation. LOL*
 
 
Tracklist:
01 Artquake - Alanta Instrumental Intro ** 02 P-Square - Trowey! ** 03 J Martins ft. Fally Ipupa - Jupa Global Remix ** 04 Nhyiraba Kojo ft. Sammy - Baba God ** 05 Ghana Blast - Odwa (Raggao) ** 06 Obour ft. Morris She & Batman - Konkonti Baa ** 07 Unknown - Unknown ** 08 FBS ft. Tinny - Oldman Boogey Remix ** 09 Bradez & Ephraim - Ego Bee ** 10 X-Pensive Nframa - Aunty Adoley ** 11 Baby Jet - African Woman ** 12 Side 1 - One By One ** 13 Ruff n Smooth ft. S.K. Blinks - Azingele ** 14 Bigiano - Eyin' Temi ** 15 Ephraim - Follow Follow ** 16 Stay J - Shashee Wowo (Kaxtro Remix) ** 17 D'banj - Oliver Twist ** 18 D'banj - Oliver Twist (Uhuru Remix) ** 19 Edem - Over Again ** 20 Joey B, Gary, and E.L. - Ice Cream Girl ** 21 Focus Allstars - Azonto Decale ** 22 P-Square - Danger ** 23 AQ - Wahala Dey ** 24 Sarkodie ft. E.L. - U Go Kill Me ** 25 Obumpa Rek, Austine B. Agaspa - U Go Kill Me Version
26 Olamide - First of All ** 27 Dr. Slim ft. Double - Seke (prod. by Eyoh Soundboy) ** 28 E.L. - Obuu Mo ** 29 Blaka - Tozo ** 30 E.L. ft. Appietus & Geelex - Bend Ya Body ** 31 Guru ft. Edja - Lapas Toyota ** 32 Guantoa - Asore Party ** 33 Double - Walai Talai ** 34 Unknown - K
35 Double 5.5 - Uhm Ahh ** 36 Dee Moneey - Kpokpo O Body ** 37 T.I.V. - Beremole
38 Lil Shaker - Pressure Sorrr ** 39 Kojo Antwi - Osebo
 
 
*Exclusive*
K-Melia Mokonzi
K-Melia
 
The Kora Awards Nominees are back with a brand new video: watch here: Bilokos
 
 
 
 
 
Focus proudly Supports
Funmi Olawumi @Jazz Cafe'
 
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O2 Shepherd Bush Empire, London
 
Tuesday 25 June 2013
7pm £27.50 Stalls / £32.50 Circle
 
The legendary Jimmy Cliff announces an exclusive London date
 Jimmy Cliff was born in Jamaica in 1948 as James Charmers. He adopted the nom-de-plume of Cliff to express the heights he intended on reaching.
After his first few singles he was discovered by Derrick Morgan who hooked him up with Leslie Kong.
Their first collaborative single "Hurricane Hattie" was a huge hit and they followed this up with "King of Kings", "One eyed Jacks", "Pride & Passion" which set the ska scene alight.

In 1968 Jimmy Cliff relocated to London after signing with Chris Blackwell's Island Records label. His first album "Hard Road" sold well but it was the following year's "Wonderful world, Beautiful people" which became his first international breakthrough release. The Cat Stevens cover from this album "Wild World" was a massive worldwide hit. In 1970 Desmond Dekker hit the number one spot with the Cliff composition "You can get it if you really want".

The soundtrack to the film "The Harder they come" followed but it's release was delayed until 1975. In the meantime, Jimmy Cliff signed to Reprise Records releasing great albums such as "Struggling man" and "Brave Warrior". He stayed with them until 1981 before moving to Columbia Records. In the 80's he toured with Peter Tosh and recorded with Kool and the Gang.

In 2004 the "Black Magic" album featured guest slots from Sting, Joe Strummer & Wyclef Jean.

2012's "Rebirth" was produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong and received worldwide acclaim.
 
Focus Recommend
Saturday 29th June 2013
 
                                           
 
This month’s Bombo Tropical brings you Kasai Masai; a live injection of sounds from the Congo, via London. Kasai Masai marry Soukous vintage grooves for the dance-floor with a new twist, mixing the sound of the countryside with the city. They've toured internationally, but are now here in our intimate tropical hideaway.

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Resident DJs K-Starr, DVS, Junior Otoman will be spinning the old and new tropical Afro, Latin and Tropical Bass tunes to get you warmed up!

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£5 £4 Ritzy Members
 
 
Joyful Noise and Arts Concil England Present
 
The 11th London African
Music Festival
11th - 22nd SEPTEMBER 2013
12 Venues - 40+ Artists - 12 Days
 
 
Venues involved:
 
*Queen Elizabeth Hall *Cargo *Jazz Cafe' *Rich Mix *New Empowering Church *The Flyover Portobello *Hackney Attic *The Hideaway *The Vortex Jazz Club *The Forge *Upstairs Brixton Ritzy *Bar 414
 
Artists involved:

**Osibisa (Ghana) **Guy Schalom and The Baladi Blues Ensemble (Egypt)
 
**Malick Pathe' (Senegal) **Sow and Bao Sissoko (Senegal) *Modou Toure' (Senegal)
 
**Family Atlantica (VARIOUS) **Adjoa (UK/Ghana) **Orlando Julius and the Heliocentrics
**M3NSA (Ghana/UK) **Akim El Sikameya (Algeria) *Miryam Solomon (Eritrea)
 
**Elmi Ali (Somalia) **Namvula (Zambia/UK) **The Venus Bushfires (Nigeria/UK)
 
**Jaqee (Uganda) **Kasai Masai (Congo) **Queen Salawa Abeni and The Yoruba Women Choir (Nigeria)
 
**Words in Motion with Innua Ellams, Breis, Helen Oyeyemi, Taiye Selasi **Sister Fa (Senegal)
 
Lekan Babalola and The Afrobeat Messengers (Nigeria) **Muntu Valdo and The Sawa Bues Band (Cameroon)
 
**The Fontanelles **Atongo Zimba (Ghana) **Fredy Massamba (Congo)
 
**Tunday Akintan (Nigeria/UK) **Tony Kofi's Future Passed Trio (UK/Ghana)
 
**Son Yambu (Cuba) **Fofoulah / Minn Jiarabi **Cleveland Watkiss and The Heads and Feet House Band
 
**Hanisha Solomon (Ethiopia) **King Masco (Sierra leone) **Niran Oba
 
 
 
 
 
      
 
Focus Organization is a group of dynamic London-based music promoters that brings together international musicians – afrobeat, soukous, ska, hiphop and reggae artists – to create a series of culturally enriching events, putting the spotlight on music from the African diaspora and edutainment through the arts.
 
We're always looking for music to promote, so if you have any suggestions, or would like to get involved, please drop us a line.
 
Thanks for reading.
Team Focus
   
Focus Organization is a Limited Company registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 7527948