Live from east London it’s Allsortz Open Mic (April 2015)

Allsortz April 2015By Ayshamar (@Aysha_nikita)

This month’s Allsortz gig began with a lively atmosphere from the get go with audience members buzzing in anticipation of the some of London’s amazing talent. It was also great to see so many new faces. (See videos below)

Allsortz April 2015First to be introduced to the Rich Mix stage was rapper Lemzi, who kicked off with his piece “No Place Like Home”, touching upon the hard hitting theme of abuse and disruptive family relationships. The inspiration rapper also continued to perform his pieces “I Don’t Wanna See You Cry” and “Regulate Yours” which resulted in some friendly audience interaction really getting the crowd going. The set incorporated a range of styles including some modern jazz hip-hop, and an old school rap flow.

Following this was a beautiful set performed by the extremely talented Prizz alongside his guitarist James. Performing for the first time together, the duo warmed those present with some incredibly mellow vocals and unbelievable skill. The artist performed his songs “Simplicity” and “Stay” leaving the crowd moved.

Allsortz April 2015The next section of the night, saw the wonderfully brave wildcard acts perform after being inspired by acts they had seen on stage. First to take the spotlight was young rapper and black activist Lois Lane with some hard-hitting, passionate words of truth. Next up was Kyroe – a rapper from west London who performed a piece recently released on his mixtape, which demonstrated his lyrical creativity. The final wild card of the evening was brought to us by a group of international student singers from Norway who performed a powerful and melodious version of the recently released “Four Five Seconds” by Paul Mccartney ft Kanye West and Rihanna,

Resuming the main slots was the outstandingly gifted Kit Rice, who blew the audience away with his pieces “BYOB”, “You Really Need e”, “Rearview Mirror” and “So Gone”. Not only did he perform with great pizazz but also his original pieces really unveiled his diverse and impressive vocal skills.Allsortz April 2015

 

Next in line was Andre Bentley performing for the first time on the Allsortz stage. Thesinger performed alongside the highly energetic band Musical Minds; the smooth vocalist first began by nailing an acappella version of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” before moving on to perform his own tracks “Anything” and “I Want To Get Away”

Allsortz April 2015

Last but most certainly not least on stage were the very dynamic, stand out performers of the night OMG Collective, currently made up of five members. Together the group closed the night with their quirky lyrics, comical and highly interactive performance of their pieces “Facebook Thing” “Babble”, “Over Rated”, “Inhibitions” “Neyo Groove” and “Bounce”. A fantastic way to end an incredible evening of raw talent in London!

Check out the videos from our latest event here!

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Allsortz Open Mic does ‘Eargasm’ – August 2014

Written Ella Achola (@ella_achola)

“Vibrant, raw talent and enjoyable” is what Izara B, director and creative assistant of Allsortz Open Mic, hoped for Eargasm to be that night and full of talent it was indeed. Allsortz worked together with Lyrix Organix and 3 Styles to organise this event, bringing together a range of artists and designers to take over the Dalston Roof Park for a night of Eargasm. Host Dekan, Allsortz Open Mic founder, did not fail on his promise to showcase London’s best upcoming talent in exchange for love and support for the artists from the audience, which continuously filled the roof park as fears of rain and thunderstorms dwindled and the performers’ energy enveloped the beautiful roof space.

During the sound check I explored the fashion side of the event, swaying to the old school hip-hop tunes of DJ Olivia Au (gold). I left impressed by how many use fashion as a means to inspire and empower young people. Alongside The Bakery by Cakey, which uniquely combines cake, sweets and clothing, Strip Clothing, and Mayamada, an anime and manga inspired clothing brand, there was also Strut Daily, my favourite stall of the night. A female empowerment brand, Nadine and Toy go beyond pure fashion and also work with young girls in Hackney aged 13 to 16, facilitating so-called struta workshops in dance, drama and fashion to build the girls’ confidence.

Clinton Elvis(Clinton Elvis)

Clinton Elvis opened up the musical part of Eargasm with high notes and dance moves to the well-known hits of Michael Jackson. He was followed by the live human beatbox performance of Bass 6 who not only hit the audience with the most unusual of sounds but also personal beatboxed renditions of Benny Benassi’s ‘Satisfaction’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World.’

The atmosphere got cosier as the sky turned darker and one half of Sister Sidney took the stage, lulling us all in a performance sounding no less soulful than when the sibling duo performed together at the Great British Carnival, Claire’s beautiful vocals warming up the chilly roof park.

Sister Sidney

(Sister Sidney)

Next up was Allsortz favourite Ayshamar who owned the stage with a soul performance that was simple but spoke volumes nonetheless. Ayshamar is a singer/songwriter who started playing the piano when she was three years old. Speaking to her she told me she was inspired by everyday things she sees, the people around her, and her personal life journey, using her music as an opportunity to engage with her identity and allow for others to relate to it.

India Graye filled the terrace with a voice that hit each note crystal clear as she was accompanied by nothing more than her ukulele and followed performances of rapper Raptum and singer Jem Cooke before another Allsortz favourite, DC SCRIBBLA, a young rapper, got the crowd clapping and grooving to his old school tunes that remind of a musical era unfortunately long gone. He had just flown in from Texas, deciding to kick jet lag and travel fatigue to the curb and join us on the roof park with an energy that easily matched that of the older (and more rested) performers of the night. DC started making music when he was ten years old and quotes his influences as Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West. His main genre is hip-hop, which he likes to mix with other genres as he is inspired by life in London and being young.

Izara B was the only spoken word artist of the night, performing her piece ‘Materialistic Society’, which criticises a society in which the rich get richer and the poor strive for an illusion built by capitalist society’s expectations of what it means to be happy. She rightfully reminds us that fulfilling our needs should not be equated to having it all, and that materialism is not crucial to survival. She excelled in capturing the audience with nothing more than her voice, delivering her lines with passion and energy.

Miss Sha(Miss Sha)

Miss Sha’s performed some beautiful slow tunes about love and relationships before Shemzy closed Eargasm with a bang, switching up his hip hop set with some acapella “to get people’s attention”, which he did indeed.

Allsortz Open Mic, Lyrix Organix and 3 Styles succeeded in putting together a night of music and fashion that was engaging, stimulating and showcased a wide range of upcoming talent. Make sure to catch their next events in September!

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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