The last few years have taken Kanye West on an incredible journey.
Not only did he release the magnificent album The College Dropout in 2004, he also produced records for Talib Kweli, Brandy and Common. Kanye’s second album Late Registration doesn’t disappoint.
His beautiful soundscapes are enhanced by a series of rhymes which tackle serious issues.
The new single, Diamonds From Sierra Leone, is a polemic against the diamond trade and the power of big business. Crack Music is a stinging attack on George Bush.
This album represents everything hip-hop should be — daring, intelligent, creative and funny.
7.30pm, Sunday 11 September
Theatre 503, Battersea Park Road, south London.
This is a cracking piece of political theatre.
subVERSE consists of short pieces of new writing from the US and Britain which reflect artists’ responses to global conflict, commercialisation and their consequences.
The acting is superb. This is political satire as it should be.
Islam in Spain: the Final Solution
by Tariq Ali
7pm, Tuesday 6 September,
Genesis cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, east London, £4/£3.
Phone 08700 606 061
The celebrated author, film-maker and playwright Tariq Ali presents one of his films to launch Respect’s film nights.
Islam in Spain: The Final Solution uncovers some of the history of Islam in Europe. This is a unique chance to discover a little known piece of European history that had worldwide repercussions.