Allsortz Open Mic, January 13 2014

Written by Izara B

Our very first edition of Allsortz Open Mic 2014 started with a bang. We had just a few acts on the lineup, but as they say, ‘quality over quantity’.

We couldn’t start our 2014 edition without getting James déCosta back on stage. Needless to say, he won the crowd over with his stand out performance, with assistance from his acoustic guitarist and bassist, and even had the whole crowd chanting ‘one more’.

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(James déCosta and team, winning the crowd over)

Next up we had Coco DeParis and her guitarist take to the stage with a touch of Jazz.

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((Coco DeParis and guitarist)

We also had rapper SB Entertainer, who brought a new meaning to the word energy whilst showing us exactly why he loves what he does.

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(SB Entertainer on the Rich Mix stage)

Our only WildCard of the night was myself, Izara B. I performed my latest piece, which I recently performed at parliament, ‘Heads or Tails’.

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(Izara B, me, sharing another story)

Last but not least, we had the one and only Infecta. He finished the night on a high with his infectious energy which had the crowd taking part too.

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(Infecta bringing the night to a close)

Thank you to everyone who made it down to support all the great acts.

The next date for you diaries is Monday 10th February and our theme is…….LOVE: the good, the bad and the ugly. (all performers must include this theme in at least one of their performances.

If you’re interested in performing email us on: allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk or sign up on the night (before 8pm) for a WildCard slot.

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Allsortz Open Mic 9-12-13

Another month, another Allsortz Open Mic…and what an evening it was!

We kicked off the night with an unusual performance from the People’s Palace Project. The group of inspiring young people performed a live video mix of images and music on a range of subjects close to their hearts. It sounds a little complex, but the best way to describe it is, spoken word without speaking!

Smithingo Shawts, all 5′ 2″ ( or is that 4’10” – lol) took to the stage with his charming, vibrant and highly entertaining mix of rap. His energy really warmed the crowd up on what was a pretty cold evening.

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(Shawts working the crowd)

Deelee joined the Allsortz stage for the first time and soothed all our troubles away with what we think is one of the best renditions of ‘At Last’ originally by Etta James.

We had more spoken word from Nairobi Thomson who took us all to school with her lyrics. Our Allsortz family member, Lea Rogers accompanied the beautiful voice of Sarah Marie-Gayle. And we had some amazing covers by first time performer, Parisi – Hope to see you both back again). We were also blessed to see rappers, Strive and Drama back on stage after a few months away working on new material.

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(Deelee performing Etta James’ ‘At Last’)

And let’s not forget our WildCards, Saif, Natavann and Resonance. We hope you’ll all return soon for a main slot!

Ending our night we were truly spoiled by the voice of Rhea Monet. She is a star in the making and we’re very happy to have her on our Allsortz stage. If you don’t know, then you better get to know….as we once heard in a movie or something.. 🙂

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(Rhea Monet treating the crowd to her beautiful tones)

You catch catch clips of all our performers on our YouTube Channel – please subscribe! And remember if you missed the night you can watch it via our Ustream Channel.

Lucky people – we have our Christmas Concert on Thursday 19th December from 6pm at Rich Mix. We’ve got some real treats for you including support acts from the Mayor of London’s Peer Outreach Team! So come and enjoy yourself, dance away the cold and get some of the Allsortz Christmas spirit!

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Follow us on Twitter (@Allsortz1) and Facebook (Allsortz). If you’re interested in performing in the new year then email us – Allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk. All our 2014 dates are on the website. Look out next year, we’ve got big plans!

Have a great Christmas and festive season and a very Happy New Year!

Allsortz Open Mic 11-11-13

Written by Izara B

It’s a new month so that could only mean Allsortz is back!! This time accompanied by cold wet weather but that didn’t stop the show from going on.

Getting the crowd warmed up was one of our first acts, Ak Rekz. Taking to the stage with his contagious energy, it wasn’t too long before he had everyone laughing and singing along to his lyrics.

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(Ak Rekz getting the crowd warmed up)

Throughout the night we had a few WildCards from previous shows come back but this time for a main slot. Ella CR joined the happy Monday vibes once again along with her soulful voice that had the audience’s attention from the very first note and of course Calm the Poet who shared with us more of his heartfelt poetry, which kick started a night full of UK poetry. However, we also had a special American treat to this evening full of UK talent. Sisi, a poet from the states, got up on stage with her hard hitting poetry.

Stand out performance of the night was by Nairobi as she gracefully and skilfully laid her lyrics on stage for anyone who was listening. The honesty which she projected into the crowd was apparent by everyone’s reaction (a whole lot of clicking fingers).

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(Nairobi pouring the truth out onto the stage)

The talent from our WildCards was unbelievable. First up we had Ara Solo who came out of her shell as soon as she began to sing; one of our very own Jolade didn’t resist swapping a camera for a mic to share his thoughts with us; we also had the pleasure of having a rapper by the name of Oscar perform for us; Natavann who peformed for the very first time in front of a live audience last month at Allsortz came back for more and last but not least for the WildCards, Unique Sistar speaking on one of the most courageous topics for a young woman to talk about in this day and age.
Bringing the show to an end was one of last month’s WildCard, Handles. Once again the audience couldn’t help but be on their feet during his performance. At one point, he even performed laying down on stage (no wonder why they call him the UK Kanye West).

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(Handles bringing this edition of Allsortz to an end)

As always, thanks to all of our acts and of course the audience for coming down and supporting the talent despite the bad weather.
Whilst you’re here, don’t forget we have two dates next month: Monday 9th and Thursday 19th December

You can watch interviews and clips from our performers on our YouTube Channel – click here

If you’re interested in performing email: Allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk or turn up on the night and sign up to be a WildCard.

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Allsortz Open Mic 14-10-13

By Izara B

Back on the Rich Mix stage spreading happy Monday vibes was of course Allsortz and some of the best London talent!

Getting the evening started differently this time around were local videographers from DessyMak Productions and Freelance Films who shared their short films.

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(With the mic in his hand, Allsortz founder Dekan Apajee gets the show started)

With a long talented line up, we had performances from Carol Jack and of course her guitarist, Lea Rogers; Steven Lue who left the poetry at home this time and showed us that he can sing too; we also had Katie J White who owned the stage with her powerful voice and the beautifully husky Irish voice of Sample Answer with his amazing presence on stage.

Stand out performance of the night was by one of our wildcards, spoken word artist Ollie O’Neill who showed us exactly why she is 1 of 6 winners of SLAMbassadors 2013. To see Ollie and the rest of the winners, join them on 1st November from 4-7pm at the Clore Ballroom, Royal festival hall.

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(Ollie O’Neill lyrically engaging the audience)

We had more WildCards who jumped up to share their talents with our audience. Natavan who is a young poet bravely grabbed the mic and performed for the very first time in front of a live audience; Ella CR blessed the stage her soulful voice; Shawts who brought a bit of hip hop to the stage and Calm who shared a love poem.

Back on the Allsortz stage was Soultanna who took us all back in time with her amazing lyrics, unique tone and extremely visual performance. All of this whilst accompanied by her guitarist who switched it up throughout the set. If you haven’t seen her perform, you need to get onto the Allsortz YouTube Channel!

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(Soultanna entertaining the crowd)

We also had an Amy Winehouse cover performed as an acapella by Alysa; followed by the most energetic performance of the night by Handles who is described as the UK Kanye West – needless to say he had the whole crowd on their feet and last by not least Mr Allsortz cameraman himself Jolade who ended the night on a high note with a poem about change.

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(Jolade bringing the night to a close)

You can watch clips from the night on our YouTube Channel here:

Thanks to all of our acts and of course the audience for keeping the love meter high which definitely made this a happy Monday.
Whilst you’re here stick the next date in your diary is Monday 11th November.

If you’re interested in performing email: Allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk or turn up on the night and sign up to be a WildCard.

Remember:

Got a Talent? Share your Talent!

Allsortz Open Mic 08-07-2013

Written by Izara B

The sun was shining so that could only mean one thing… we brought the freshest talent in London to the Rich Mix stage for our summer gig!

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(Allsortz organiser Dekan Apajee, getting the show started)

During the first half we really got the happy Monday vibes going with performances by: Rajiv who confidently took to the stage to show us exactly what he can do vocally and also gave us a treat when Mr Arch surprised the audience by joining him. Next up, Shade, a poet who surprisingly has only been performing for 3months, yet truly inspired the crowd with her words.

Up next on the mic was our stand out performance of the night, Mr Harris. The intensity of his set was felt by all as everyone attentively listened to every word which he honestly shared. His last poem which questioned ‘Have you ever?’ was a reflection of the depth of situations from his personal life and really got the audience thinking about their own experiences.

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(Mr Harris captivating the audience with his heart felt poems)

With the love meter running high throughout the night, we also had wildcards take to the stage and own it! Lydia Maddix was first up along with her acoustic guitar, Angeline who performed for the very first time in front of a live audience by doing an acapella of a Rihanna song and Jamie Leo also took on a cover performing acapella, but this time of Frank Ocean’s track ‘Thinking about you’.

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(Dark Phonix performing their set)

After a few months away from our stage, three-piece band Dark Phonix were back strapped with their guitars and exploiting their distinctive sound, with lyrics that has a great storytelling element to it.
During our second half, we had the pleasure of having on stage: Mr Arch joining us for the second time who received a nonstop applause for his energetic performance and Sistersidney (who are really sisters) captivating the audience with their mellow sound.

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(Sergio ending our summer gig)

We can’t forget Sergio who of course brought the evening to an end with an engaging performance which was extremely rhythmic and prided itself on honesty.
After all the amazing performances, we couldn’t just end the night on that note. YES – we got behind the camera once again to conduct short interviews with our features! Keep your eyes peeled if you want to find out more about our great acts.

Thanks to all of our acts who took to the big stage and last but not least, the audience for keeping the love meter high which definitely made this a happy Monday.
You can check out video interviews of our main acts from this other shows and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here

If you haven’t heard yet, we will be taking a break over August so the next date to stick in your diary is Monday 9th September.

If you’re interested in performing email: Allsortz01@hotmail.co.uk or turn up on the night and sign up to be a WildCard.

Remember:

Got a Talent? Share your Talent!