Both Eyes Blind
single out now
The Tribunes are a fiercely political up-and-coming jazz act. They combine music with spoken words to create what band member Gary Duke describes as 'a head-on collision between The Streets and John Coltrane'.
Their new single, Both Eyes Blind, has now been picked up for distribution by Honest Jons, a leading Afrobeat and jazz label run by Blur frontman Damon Albarn.
The single's title track features The Tribunes' lead vocalist Murdoch delivering an angry and urgent polemic against alienation and consumerism.
His insistent and at times menacing words contrast starkly with the laid back jazz backing.
'Murdoch grew up in a pit village in Derbyshire and it's his reflections on society,' says Gary. 'We've also worked with Makola Mayambika's poetry, evolving the music around that.'
Gary adds that The Tribunes are planning another single before releasing their album at the end of the year.
The band is also busy helping out the Love Music Hate Racism campaign to mobilise the music scene against the fascist BNP.
Battle for the Ballot
People's History Museum
Bridge Street, Manchester
until 30 September
A new exhibition has opened at the People's History Museum in Manchester looking into the history of ordinary people's struggles to win the right to vote in Britain.
Battle for the Ballot covers movements such as Chartism, the birth of the Trades Union Congress, the Cooperative movement, socialism and the suffragettes. It includes posters, leaflets and early political cartoons.
The museum is also hosting a series of lectures, tours and family days to coincide with the exhibition. Entrance is free.