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OFFLINE #56, Brixton JAMM
Thursday 13th November 2008
Club night with with Beans On Toast and The Lani Singers, DJs and video.
We had a catalogue of bands, cabaret performers and even the ruddy compere! cancelling at extremely short notice, but luckily we still had three fantastic acts left on the bill.
Well, we say three, but the Lani Singers were so incredibly humbling and moving that the headline band decided that they couldn't possibly follow them and left early! And to be honest, we don't blame them: it really was something else.
Here's the fantastic Beans On Toast in action.
We suffered something of a 'grit-in-the-eye' problem with the Lani Singers.
They hail from West Papua and were singing songs about their bitter struggle against the military authorities. The singer had been jailed for 25 years just for holding up a flag but managed to escape and get asylum in the UK. Most of his friends had been killed or locked up. It was incredibly powerful and moving.
Read the story of their struggle here: www.freewestpapua.org/
DJ Nipsla gives it a bit of double finger twirl action!
Thurs 13th Nov: OFFLINE JAMM SPECIAL!!
Brixton JAMM, 261 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 6LH.
Tel: 020 7274 5537
Nearest tubes: Brixton, Oval, Stockwell
8pm-2am, FREE ADMISSION!
The Offline crew have put together another magnificently diverse night, mixing in the incredible Lani Singers from West Papua, country rockers Albino, Portuguese roots reggae with Raspact and outrageous musical political hectoring from Beans On Toast, backed by a full bill of top notch comedy, cabaret, music and video.
Packing guitar, bazouki, accordion, trombone and keyboards, Albino create a compelling blend of blues, country and folk, with two albums already under their collective belts: Latrine Blues ( 2005 )and Bleeding Heart Yard ( 2006 ).
"viscous blues harmonica and beaten acoustic guitars ...a redneck holler of an album full of country swing, bluegrass stomp and a deep fried folk" The-Mag
"...Awash with grand sweeping melodies and vocals which bring to mind West Coast Elektra stuff like Tim Buckley and The Doors." Blang! Mag
First UK dates! Offline is delighted to host the UK debut of the Portuguese roots reggae rockers. Raspact. Mixing up the sweet melodies of Bob Marley with the energy of The Clash, this outfit has been ripping up dancefloors across Europe - expect plentiful good vibes and some serious dub-style skankin'!
THE LANI SINGERS
"Songs of freedom from West Papua"
Hailing from the remote central highland region of West Papua, the Lani Singers perform traditional West Papuan music, with songs rooted in the sacred rituals of the Lani tribes people.
"wonderfully uplifting: joyous South-Sea harmonies sung over lilting chords" TheSmith
"These are their songs of freedom. Merdeka! Freedom!"
BEANS ON TOAST
Expect a scathing slab of political and satirical punky folk tunes from the man who took on MySpace and lost. He's played every festival you've ever heard of, he's supported Kate Nash and if you miss this you'll have to pay zillions to see him at Reading or Leeds festivals and only have vile Carling beer to drink.
"Gravelly-voiced folk singer/songwriter, big on social commentary, drugs and swearing."
- Drowned In Sound
Plus: CABARET HOUR WITH VIC LAMBRUSCO
'Abrasive political comedy' - Time Out
Comic piquancy - Independent
With a full line up of comedians, wags, poets and wordsmiths.
and A TON o'TOP DJS!
Including Editor, Sim Kard Suzi (Offline), Dansette45 (Modtown Rockers) and Bluestreak (Beyond Fathomability) playing floor-filling ska, punk, indie, big band, 50s classics and dance.
Doors open 8pm, Cabaret starts at 9pm, Bands onstage 10pm, DJs till 2am. FREE all night!
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