SAM BESTE is now old enough to drink in the places he’s been earning a fast growing reputation in. Other 18 year olds like Wayne Rooney or soul prodigy Joss Stone may be better known, but Sam’s is an equally impressive talent.
QUEIMADA, OR Burn!, has just been released on DVD (£13.99).
Was it a conscious decision to make your new book, Iron Council, very political?
SILENT CRY is a play about the death in police custody of Arif Ahmed. The dialogue takes place in and around the home of the young man’s family, and focuses on how this avoidable tragedy threatens to pull them apart. It is based on documented evidence and interviews, and the story begins as Arif’s life ends.
Radio 4, from New York, came to prominence with their second album Gotham in 2002.
A COLD and wet Sunday night—but Trafalgar Square was packed more densely than a rush hour tube.
ONE ISSUE has dominated the build-up to the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards at the end of this month—the viciously anti-gay lyrics of two of the original nominees.
When did all this begin?
Steve Earle’s new album is called The Revolution Starts Now. It’s country music, recorded in Nashville.
How are folk musicians responding to political events?
We set out on a wondrous journey in The Motorcycle Diaries.
Rock Against Bush Volume 2
Various artists, £8
CONSIDERING THAT it is only a few years since some right wing critics were proclaiming the death of political theatre, there is a surprising amount of it at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Ask any Marxist film fan (say, me) to name their top ten movies and I’d guarantee that Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard would be on it.
SkinnyMan has been a stalwart of the underground British hip-hop scene for years, working with his crew Mud Family.
In March Love Music Hate Racism organised a tremendously successful gig at London’s Astoria.
THE EDINBURGH Festival is the biggest arts event in the world.
THE EDINBURGH People’s Festival was set up two years ago by a diverse group of artists and political activists.