May Day, May Day, Hot Acts everywhere!

Written by @Aysha_Nikita 

Allsortz was back in May with another fantastic line up of talented performances from a line up of creative London artists.

The evening was kicked started with rappers Billy Stone and Mr. Dublin; starting with a relaxed collection of UK Hip hop and Jazz Hip hop – really bringing out the chilled Sunday evening vibe. The two began with their original piece “Where Did I Go Wrong”, explaining the journey that he has taken and what it takes to get back on track once you have made mistakes.

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Next up was wildcard Dhark Knight who performed a collection of pieces, touching upon the issue of beauty being defined by social media at present, he then moved on the perform a short acappella piece about the struggles of growing up and trying to make it to where he wants to be. Other wildcards of the night were: Henry Albert, a talented rapper who performed some smooth Hip hop really moving the audience with his piece “I Got You”; Samuel King, a comedian who successfully had audiences in laughing at the familiarity of his subjects – including politics, stretching money and family drama. Also to perform were: Mr. Elliot – who also performed a dynamic comedy sketch; Kyronne and Tudor – a duo consisting of a rapper and beat boxer demonstrating some incredible skill and technique; and spoken word artist Kayrond who performed one of his original pieces, reflecting his incredible creativity.

The next main act to take to the stage was spoken word artist Kush, who began with an emotive piece about being an inspiration to yourself and to others around you. The diverse performer then went on to disprove the notion that men have no emotion, highlighting something as a simple as sending a text message can stir a whole range of feelings. His final piece provided some very wise poetic words about the barriers interracial relationships; different cultures and backgrounds can pose.

Following this was a moving performance from Boy Nash who began with a spoken word piece about the struggles of a nation and the necessity of offering a helping had to others less fortunate. He then went on to perform an original rap piece before introducing rapper Jay Script to the stage – who performed one of his own pieces demonstrating his lyrical genius.

Up on stage with a well timed, bold entrance was Presh Williams alongside a live band. The artist immediately impressed the rich mix audience with his catchy and vibrant tunes and mix of styles. The band, performing for the first time together really wowed audience members with their skill and powerful sound.

The last but most definitely not least performer of the night was young rapper DC Scribbla, who as always had the audience moving and singing along with his highly energetic performance. His pieces of the night included “98 Flows”, bringing an American flow to London and also an exclusive performance about his experiences of being an artist.

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”

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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!

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How The ladies of Quirk took over Allsortz Open Mic (March 2015)

By Ayshamar (@Aysha_Nikita)

Allsortz March 2015March 15th 2015, saw yet another amazing night of talented performers take to the stage with Allsortz Open Mic in collaboration with Ladies Of Quirk, this time for the celebration of International Women’s Day, with a line up of all female performers. (You can check out some of the performances in the video below)

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The first act to be introduced on stage was an artist by the name of “She”, who kicked of the night with and interesting and atmospheric set. She began with an acoustic piece featuring piano and vocals. The artist began with an opening featuring a music box immediately bringing a sense of innocence to her very moving performance. In this performance she demonstrated incredible vocal control, which worked well as a duo with her guitarist. Her set included a rendition of the dance pop song “Human beings”, her very first original “Killing Hannah Love”

Allsortz March 2015Next in line was the highly versatile singer-songwriter L’, along with her band who brought to the stage masses of energy. This included their songs “Your Girl”, “Today I Wanna Love You”. The awesome group of musicians had audience members on their feet singing and dancing along with the lively performance. An amazing performance for a group that has only been together for a couple of months.

Allsortz March 2015Next up was Iden, the wonderful Icelandic/Swedish duo performed a series of slow, emotive and captivating pieces really stunning audience members with their musical diversity. In this set they incorporated a mixture of rock, pop, pop soul and alternative music.

 

The final act to bring the night to a close with a bang was a collective group of musicians that go by the name of Hands. Allsortz March 2015Their performance was entirely unique with a combination of art forms inspired live by the musicians on stage as well as the use of some unconventional instruments. The group performed their pieces “Rain” and “China Doll” which featured a very ambient flow that transitioned into a more alternative vibe.

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Allsortz of Love in the air – February 2015

Written by Ayshamar Atkins

Allsortz Open Mic was back this month with yet another fantastic line up of performers and artists at East London’s Rich Mix.

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Shaquille Brown

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”

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Ayshamar

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.

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Samuel King

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.”

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One half of the fab duo Sister Sidney

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.

Allsortz Feb 2015The 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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Allsortz Sunday Session @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (9/11/14)

By Ayshamar Atkins (@Aysha_nikita)

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.

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(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”.

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(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”.

Don’t forget we’ll be in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park until the end of November so you’ve still got time to pop down and share your Talent! See our events page for more details

Allsortz Open Mic 13th October 2014

Written by Izara B (@Izara_B)

Just before we headed off for a few special gigs at Queen Elizabeth Hall and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we had our regular open mic night at Rich Mix and what a night it was!!
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!
DiAndre
(DiAndre)
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.
Shaquille Brown
(Shaquille Brown)
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!
Lemzi
(Lemzi)
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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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