Allsortz Open Mic 10-03-14

What an amazing way to start the week! First up if you missed this show, then you missed one of our best! But because we don’t hold a grudge, you can watch it all over again here via our Ustream links.  – http://t.co/cO7ty3JEkl and here http://t.co/lJs2b9gl7n Enjoy 🙂

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The evening was part of our celebration for International Women’s Day which was on Saturday 8th. To help us mark this day we partnered with the Youth Media Agency who hosted an insightful and energetic debate about the the roles of women in the media and the challenges they face. Search Twitter for #femaleshowreel to check out some of the conversation. An action packed start to our night and we hadn’t even really got out of first gear! Helping us kick our night of celebrating the amazing female performers we have in the capital was the dance group, ‘The Truth’ led by @LauraLiles . This amazingly talented trio of street dancers were joined on stage by some proper ‘lil men’ who simply took the crowd by storm and had us all cheering away! The Truth was followed by the beautiful words of @IAmMiday, the funky rap verses of @IAmThandi, the cool sophisticated voice of @LauraClemo.

If this wasn’t enough to get the audience dancing in their seats our all female line-up celebrating International Women’s Day moved into another gear when @LanaPeswani and then the lovely @LinahNambooze took the stage. Both had voices that lit up the room and had us all begging them to return.

@TaliaAJay swept us away with her beautifully sultry voice. Our penultimate artist was Ayshamar @aysha_nikita to look at her standing on stage you would not expect such a powerful, yet silky voice to literally reach out and grab you – That young lady has talent!

Finally our Allsortz Open Mic stage was blessed by our very own and very talented @Izara_B Having come straight from performing at City Hall, she dropped her latest verse on us and blew us all away! If you missed it – here it is – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzrIaaE9ndE

Because we are trying to do our bit to support and celebrate International Women’s Day this whole month of March we’re funding raising for the Global Giving project, ‘Voices of the Future’ which aims to lift and unite the voices of women to empower them to be the voice of change around the world. If you’d like to contribute please go to our JustGiving Page. All your support is always appreciated.

Just time to tell you that next month we’re on Monday 14th April, so stick the date in your diary and come and support us and London’s talented artists. If you’re interested in performing go here. (Please read the instructions carefully before submitting your email).

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Allsortz Open Mic, February 10th 2014

Written by Izara B

It was a Monday but not just any Monday, it was the second Monday of the month and that could only mean… Allsortz Open Mic was back.

Like no other open mic night, we were in the presence of allsorts (excuse the pun). First to grab the mic, was talented rapper Zuz Rock who, at one point, rapped over Marvin’s room beat with his unique flow. With his team present, the energy in the crowd was set off to a good start.

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@zuzrock @Allsortz1

(Zuz Rock getting the night started)

We were lucky to also welcome on stage a couple soulful acts. One of which was the funky blues sounds of Charl King and of course, back on the big stage the soulful three man strong team, better known as Soul Inc.
As well as all the main acts, the night wouldn’t be the same without Wildcards taking to the stage. James John Deacon was one of the first WildCards up with his acoustic guitar and we also welcomed back our very own Jolade, who performed a piece he memorised moments before going up on stage…that’s what we call skills.
Stand out performance of the WildCards was ½ of Sister Sidney, Claire Louise. From the very moment her fingers touched the guitar and her voice reached the audience’s ears, it felt like the room stopped. I’m pretty sure we could even hear a pin drop with such a beautiful tone like Claire’s captivating us all.

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@sistersidney @Allsortz1

(Hypnotising the audience…the one and only Claire Louise)

Moving back onto our main acts, we had Allsortz regular Natavan grace the stage with some more poetry. Singer songwriter Miss Sha also joined us and blew everyone’s minds with her incredibly powerful voice. I’m no vocalist coach but she definitely hit the right notes!
Our special treat of the night was from the cover band with no name who delivered a strong 5 piece set of great covers. Staying true to our happy Monday vibes, they even performed Pharrell William’s mighty successful track, ‘Happy’.

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@davidtalisman @Allsortz1

(cover band with no name sharing the happy Monday vibes)

Last but not least, we ended the night with three rounds of talented WildCards. Kirtis Franklyn shared his poetry with the audience (loads of clicking involved), then followed by rapper Boy Nash and last but not least a poet by the name of Kelvin who performed for the very first time.

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@KAD_95 @Allsortz1

(Kelvin ending the night with some thought provoking poetry)

For those who don’t know, we were also joined by our very first sponsor Ireland Nigeria – a fashion line for music lovers who want to make a statement. Yes – that’s why the team had great t-shirts on and also we gave out some pretty good prizes. Remember, you saw it at #AllsortzOpenMic first!!

Don’t forget!! Allsortz will be supporting some great causes across the year by raising money. For the Month of February, to mark World Cancer day, we’re raising money for MacMillan Cancer support. To donate please go to justgiving.com/allsortzopenmic
Thank you to everyone who made it down to support all the great acts.
The next date for you diaries is Monday 10th March and we’ll have an all-female line up to celebrate International Women’s Day.
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. Guys don’t be shy – Come and support some amazing female performers!

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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.

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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:

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Allsortz Open Mic 10-06-2013

Written by Izara B

Once again we brought all-sorts (excuse the pun) of great talent from across London to the big stage at Rich Mix to get our weeks started right!

With a jam packed evening of performances, Jerome LDN took to the stage to kick start this month’s edition of Allsortz with his melodic voice which had the audience captivated from the very beginning.

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(Jerome LDN getting the evening started)

Back on the Allsortz mic for a main slot were Wildcards from last month, Strive and Drama. Who individually delivered standout performances but also gave our audience an unexpected lyrical treat, by joining forces not once…but twice!!

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(from left to right: Drama and Strive , lyrically engaging the audience on the Rich Mix stage)

Throughout the night the quality remained consistently high with performances from: Howell James who got the laughs going, Be Right Back with their passionate performance, Regina O with her thought provoking words and Mila Falls who kept the energy going from the very start.

Standout performance of the night was by LA Salami, with his unique tone alongside image rich lyrics which had us all in a trance. All of this whilst equipped with a harmonica and acoustic guitar…of course!!

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(LA Salami showing us his musical skills)

Last but not least, James Decosta alongside his two talented guitarists and special guest brought the night to an end with a vocally powerful performance, which got us all ready for next month’s event!

But if that wasn’t enough, throughout the night we had short 60 second interviews with all our performers – so if you couldn’t make it down or want to know more about them, keep an eye out for that! And here they are!

Thanks to everyone who blessed the stage and of course, the audience who kept the support level high throughout the evening, making the atmosphere ideal for a happy Monday.

Stick next month’s date in your diary now and join us on Monday, July 8th.

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 13-05-13

Not just any open mic night – this was Allsortz Open Mic night, and what a special night it was!

The evening started with an exclusive press screening in association with the Youth Media Agency for Samuell Benta’s hit web comedy series, All About The Mckenzies . The main space at our home venue of Rich Mix in east London was jammed of fans, mainstream and youth press teams, as well as the odd celebrity and of course the cast of the series!

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Allsortz organiser Dekan Apajee with creator and star of All About the Mckenzies, Samuell Benta and Youth Media Agency Director, Susana Giner.

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Choice Fm’s Kat Boyce kicking the evening off

After watching the first episode which had the whole audience laughing away, it was time for more of London’s best talent to take to the stage and entertain us. And entertain us they did!

The first act up on stage was folk band, ‘Francis and Boyd’ – a group of under 23 year olds with talent and stage presence that surpassed their years! The energy from the band was contagious and before long the crowd were up, and they were dancing!

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Francis and Boyd driving the crowd wild

More great performers took to the stage including first time performer at #AllsortzOpenMic #Novea who seduced the crowd with sultry tones…

Next up was Joe Eyre who got us all laughing again with unique comedy, Nego True engaged our minds and got the audience wondering about ‘Sometimes’

The list of WildCards was long and some of the most talented we’ve seen this year. Samuel King, Strive, Drama, JC, Laid Down Lover, Jolade, Shadow, Alvin, Mica Penn and Stephanie braved the walk to the Allsortz stage and were rewarded for their efforts by nonstop applause. Hoping that we’ll see that all back here soon playing one of our main sets!

What a great night. If you weren’t there, then you definitely missed out on a very #happymonday

Stick next months date in your diary now and join us on June 10th.

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

Until next month!!!

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Allsortz Open Mic

It started in July 2011. An idea I had to create an environment where talented people from around London, and with a variety of talents including, singing, rapping, spoken word, dance and comedy had an inclusive and supportive place to perform.

Having dabbled in the music industry (well on the performance side including, Stage and Tour Management) over the last 15 years and with a 10 year background in mainstream media I created the Allsortz Open Mic Night.

In partnership with the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation in east London, it’s the only Open Mic night in the capital that brings different genres of music and talent under one roof, provides a highly professional set-up and allows performers to showcase to a live audience….and all for free!

So if you’ve got a talent and you’re ready to share it – Get in touch!

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