It looks like we do stop, or at least pause… The ever evolving Covid-19 has struck and following today’s announcement by the PM, the venue has decided that upcoming events will be cancelled. And we’re completely ok with that, because this virus is bigger than us and we have to do our part – (a very small part).
So no Allsortz Open Mic on Sunday 29th March! Apologies for any inconvenience. We’ll let you know when we return – maybe for a ‘We Beat Covid-19’ gig at some point.
In the meantime do watch some of our favourite performances on our YouTube Channel!
Allsortz Open Mic was back this month with yet another fantastic line up of performers and artists at East London’s Rich Mix.
The night was kicked of with singer Shaquille Brown who first performed for Allsortz last September. He began with an acoustic soul version of Bob Marley’s – No Woman No Cry, then following on to sing Stupid Girls – Jasmine Sullivan and Breaking the Law – Emeli Sande. The young performer serenaded the Sunday crowd with his incredible vocal techniques. After speaking with Shaquille, he described his style as Progressive soul allowing the vocals to stylistically remain the same as the original however leaving space for the music to progress and develop. I later spoke with Shaquille about his performing and his journey with Allsortz:
“I have been singing in church all my life, Allsortz [has given] me the chance to learn more about performing and audience interaction”
Next up was wildcard Kyroe, a rapper from London who brought with him masses of energy in his rendition of “Get the Funk Up”, as well as a few of his own original pieces addressing the challenges that life may present that can be over come through a proactive attitude and independence. The second wild card of the night was spoken word artist… who performed his original piece “Message from me to you”, the talented poet had audience members in silence with his very honest and moving piece. The final Wildcard of the night by the name of John K Wilkes brought with him a whole different vibe, transforming the event with the calming and relaxed vibe of the smooth alto sax.
Next to take to the stage was singer-songwriter and musician Ayshamar. The soulful singer performed a set of stripped back songs including acoustic versions of “Twice” – Little Dragon, and “Never Felt This Way” by Alicia keys. Ayshamar also performed an original piece entitled “Fallen Angel” touching upon the relevant themes of abuse, faded innocence and self acceptance.
Spoken word artist Samuel King was next, capturing the attention of those present with his clever and dynamic pieces “Smartphone Love”, “Relationship Goals”, and “Fatherless Britain” truly demonstrating the artist’s gift of words. After speaking with Samuel, it became apparent that the naturally talented writer who focuses on highlighting social issues from the perspective of a young person, first with Allsortz just over two years ago and is currently spending time writing and performing pieces to be released in the near future. Samuel King described his experience performing with Allsortz as:
“Versatile, [they’re a] versatile crowd. You never know what to expect and what to prepare for, each crowd is different.”
Following this was a performance from spoken word artist Rae The Poet who performed her pieces “Letter To My Unborn Child” and “Drunken Thoughts and Sober Actions”; both of which pieces take a mature approach in speaking of tackling abortion, teenage pregnancy, the challenges of bringing a new life into the world and the mistakes of a drunken one night stand. Some extremely wise words from a young poet.
The penultimate act of the event was from the mellow duo, Sister Sidney. The inspirational sisters performed two outstanding covers: “Without you” and “Party and Bull***” – Rita Ora; creating a great atmosphere and engaging the locals at Rich Mix.
The final act of the evening was Solsine who brought Allsortz February 2015 to a lively close! The groups of collective performers (ft. Hannah Symons – currently a contender on the voice) performed a mixture of genres including club, house and electro-pop, created a club like mood with their atmospheric lights and charismatic style. By the end of the night, all audience members were on their feet, singing and dancing along! Definitely a great way to end the night with a bang!
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Last weekend saw Allsortz back at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the third event of a six-week line up of Sunday sessions under the orbit. (See Video – Coming soon)
Introducing the first act to open the showcase was the five-piece band Blank Fiction. The very interactive group of musicians performed their captivating and multi-faceted pieces, which crossed genres including “Fire” and “Unclean Animals” successfully gathering the local crowd with their alternative style.
(Jones 2.0 taking to the stage)
American singer and wild card Adrian was next on stage; kindly accompanied by drummer Evan from Blank Fiction. This characteristic cover of One Republic’s “Apologize” definitely took locals by surprise! Other wild cards to perform on the day were singer-songwriter Ayshamar who performed a cover or “Twice” – Little Dragon; Nate Black, who performed a profound piece touching upon themes of self worth and also eight year old Melanie who warmed the audiences with her performance of “Let it Go” from the well known animation Frozen.
Also featuring on the day was singer-songwriter Marianna from North London who performed a graceful set with ease and wowed audiences with her remarkable vocal range and technique. The inspiring and uplifting artist performed original pieces from her recent E.P including “The Time is Now”; she finished her set with an emotive cover of Bob Marley’s “Song of Freedom”.
Next to take the stage was the glamorous singer from Essex, Pharella who is currently working the release of a ten-minute album. With the weather temperamental, Pharella’s summer-time vibe and energy warmed locals on the chilly afternoon. Her set included her pieces “Let’s Get Together” and “She Don’t Care About You”.
(Pharella on stage at Allsortz Sunday Session 9/11/14)
To follow this was rapper Jones 2.0 who performed an impressive rap variation of Frank Sinatra’s song “That’s Life”. This was followed by his pieces “Out of My Life” and “Rosé”, both of which featured catchy tunes displaying the rappers skill.
Subsequent to this was rapper 4i. The conscious rapper began with one of his unreleased tracks “Midnight Moan”, the bouncy piece had locals participating and clapping along to the beat. The positive artist also performed a few tracks of his E.P “Soul Rich” scheduled for release later this week.
Folk acoustic singer-songwriter Alice was next to grace the stage with her latest piece – written only a week ago; “Angel Man”. The upbeat folk dance song created a unique atmosphere and engaged the audience of the park.
Next up was stand out rapper Strive, who gathered a nice audience with his festive vibe performing his catchy piece “More Time” from his debut E.P “Beginning of Beginning”. The rapper also performed his tracks “Brazil” and “Empire” which had the locals grooving and whistling along.
The final WildCard and act of yet another day of quality talent was the massively energetic Clinton Elvis, the very animated and tropical singer-songwriter, musician and performer, shared his good vibes with his tracks “Control Your Mind” and “My Angel”.
We had the pleasure of welcoming on stage 14 year old spoken word artist DiAndre, who had the audience in deep thought and in awe. An artist to definitely watch!
Up on stage we also had rapper Lanre F with his unique beats and flow; Taliaa Jay who performed a few covers and spoken word artist Anastasia who engaged the audience through the depth of her words.
As well as our main acts, we also encourage artists to sign up as a WildCard on the night. This particular evening, we had a stand out performance by Shaquille and his 2 guitarists. His young yet soulful voice filled the main space and even got the crowd wanting more…yup, we officially had the 2nd encore of 2014.
We had a few more WildCards take to the stage; Milly gave us a touch of pop with a twist, rapper Dark Knight had the crowd bopping their heads along to the beat and Genesis dropped an acapella.
Last but not least, we had rapper Lemzi take to the stage strapped with a backpack filled with his latest EP.
We have loads of up coming gigs, take a look at the dates and if you’re interested in performing get in touch!
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Ever wondered what Allsortz Open Mic is all about? Well you’ve come to the right place to find out!
We bring the talent every second Monday of the month to Rich Mix and this month was no different. With a pool of main acts to dive into, Kay Doggz took to the stage first lyrically engaging the audience by telling us about his fondness for alcohol.
As well as all the main acts, we also encourage artists to sign up on the night and this month was not shy of Wildcards. We had the pleasure of welcoming spoken word artists Tolu and Kamari, who both took us on a journey through the depth of their words.
We also had a taste of three different approaches to ‘love’ (or ‘lust’?!)… Soph Chei shared quite a sensual piece of poetry; Samantha, strapped with her acoustic guitar, sang a set focused on love as well as Ridez who rapped about his difficulty approaching women. Finally, to end the list of main acts, I (Izara B) took to the stage to perform my latest piece resurrection.
With love out of the way, we had an Allsortz regular Boy Nash back on stage to share one of his latest tracks from his upcoming EP ‘Gods Image 2’; followed by his producer The Beat Hustler who decided to perform for his very first time. Body popping Chris also took the audience by surprise and even gave us all a 60 second dance lesson!
Stand out performance of the night was by Modulation. A rapper that wastes no time on the mic with countless rhymes, switching up his style numerous times…all whilst acapella of course! If you looked up the word lyrical, we’re pretty sure you’d see his face besides it!
Next month we’re on Monday 14th July, 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).
We were back on the Rich Mix stage once again to get rid of those Monday blues with some of the freshest talent out there at the moment! Remember Videos from the night can be found here!
We kick started the night with a fashion show by Ireland Nigeria who shared their latest collection with the audience followed by a performance from Team Infamous. If you would like to find out more get following @IrelandNigeria.
With a handful of talent to get through, kicking off April’s edition of #AllsortzOpenMic was Sam Way who had no problem getting a bit of audience participation whilst doing the matrix. We also had Ash Future joined by Jay Difference share their unique hip-hop style.
The night wouldn’t have been complete without ‘the battle of the bands’. First up we had the pleasure of welcoming Damien Ike on stage who gave us a visual treat all whilst sitting in the dark…YEP! The energy of all the band members took the night by storm with a great amount of energy pouring out from the stage.
(Damien Ike and his band sharing the Happy Monday vibes)
Our nights wouldn’t be the same without the amazing talent from WildCards. This month we had Ronoc take to the stage with his acoustic guitar; we also had Xana share her spoken word in front of a live audience for the very first time as well as welcoming one of the Ireland Nigeria models who showed us she can also sing and play guitar.
Stand out WildCard performance of the night was by Sylvia Mwenze. Strapped with her acoustic guitar she took us all on an emotional journey with her soft tone and heartfelt lyrics. Definitely an act to look out for.
(Sylvia Mwenze sharing her talent)
Last but not least, bringing ‘the battle of the bands’ to an end, Cielowere back! Having not performed for a while they were reunited up on the #AllsortzOpenMic stage. Needless to say they put on such an energetic performance that was so contagious, the audience had no other option but to get up on their feet and start dancing.
(Cielo doing what they do best – making us get up and dance!)
Next month we’re on Monday 12th May, 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).
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.
(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.
(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’.
(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.
(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: firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the night (before 8pm) for a WildCard slot. Guys don’t be shy – Come and support some amazing female performers!
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.
(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.
(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.. 🙂
(Rhea Monet treating the crowd to her beautiful tones)
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!
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!
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.
(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.
(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!
(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.
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.