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Róisín Gadelrab’s music news: Heavy Music Awards; Jaden Smith; Nick Mulvey

15 August, 2019 — By Róisín Gadelrab

THINGS take a distinctly metal turn over at The Forum next Thursday (August 22). Canadian punk heroes Cancer Bats headline the third annual Heavy Music Awards with support from Liverpool’s Loathe, Nova Twins and punk duo Delaire The Liar, each performing full sets, between the presentation of the awards, which will be hosted by Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace.

Jaden Smith – rapper, songwriter, producer, curator and son of Hollywood royalty Jada Pinkett and Will Smith – heads to The Forum on August 18.

• The Jazz Cafe brings together a collection of top musicians to recreate Lauryn Hill’s 1998 classic album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, tomorrow (Friday).

Senegalese kora master and Songlines 2019 award-winner Seckou Keita presents a rare selection of his own sounds at the Jazz Cafe on Aug 18. Opening this intimate showcase is fellow kora player Jally Kebba Susso of afro dance band Afriquoi, who blends classic Gambian sounds into his own jazz-fuelled concoction.

• Singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey plays a special one-off solo show at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre on Aug 18, supported by Kansas singer-songwriter Anna St. Louis.

Chart-topping Punjabi-Canadian rapper and producer, Nav, who has worked with Drake, Travi$ Scott and more, follows the release of his debut album with a headline performance at the Forum on August 20.

• The Jones Girls gained global fame in the 70s and 80s with their R&B hits Nights Over Egypt and You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else. Despite the tragic deaths of Brenda and Valorie, Shirley Jones continues to uphold their legacy with her two nieces and nephew.

The next featured guest of the Dublin Castle’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club (Aug 21) is Will Burch, author of Cruel To Be Kind: The Life And Music Of Nick Lowe, the definitive account of Lowe‘s uncompromising life as a songwriter and entertainer, from his days at Stiff Records, to becoming the driving force behind Rockpile, to the 1979 smash hit Cruel To Be Kind. Burch will be in conversation with Julie Hamill plus a Nick Lowe DJ set from Tony Bugbear.

• Fresh after the release of new album, Adventures of a Reluctant Superhero, Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na and producer/DJ Krafty Kuts hit Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday) with support from Skye Edwards, Dynamite MC, A Skills and DJ Drez.


British-born Nigerian singer-songwriter/dancer Zion – who once made it on to one of’s albums as part of a choir – brings his R&B-inspired pop songs to Islington Academy tomorrow (Friday).

• Crawdaddy! returns to The Fiddler’s Elbow tomorrow (Friday) with guest DJ Lisa Hurley. Taking place the third Friday of every month Gary, Lucienne and Danny, plus special guests, play northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl.

UPshoots Sessions return to St Pancras Square every Friday from 12.30pm to 2pm (August 16-September 6) with a programme of emerging musicians and artists including Lady Ice, Sub Blue, Miss Sha and K the Infinite.

• Go Africa Cultural festival takes place at Ringcross Community Centre, Lough Road, Holloway, followed by a World Music Concert from 6pm on August 17, featuring music from Mosi Conde & guests. From 1pm, the free entry festival includes a market place, handcrafts, cupcake decorating, book launches and book readings, poetry, African food, tribal face painting, African drum and Kora play workshops, African dance performance and an African art gallery.

Spanish brand Elrow, widely celebrated for throwing raucous events with outlandish performers, endless Co2 cannons, confetti and giant inflatables, brings its party spirit to Egg LDN on August 17 to host its after-party following a huge ElrowTown session in Trent Park.


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