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Soweto Kinch at The Flyover Show 31st March 2012 South Africa

Soweto Kinch 2012

Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes.

Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category- fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B.

Kinch’s projects also extend beyond recorded albums. Writing the score for Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Theatre production Markus the Sadist (2010), and Sampad’s In The Further Soil (2010), a dance-theatre. Kinch also wrote and acted in the latter piece, which toured throughout India for a month.

Most recently, he has collaborated with the BBC and Drum and Bass producer Goldie. By Royal Appointment is 3-part prime time reality music show, following Goldie, Soweto, Guy Chamber and Ms Dynamite as they discover and coach a group of 12 vulnerable young mentees towards their first live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace. Kinch, describe how the programme (due for transmission on the 23rd February, 2011) really allowed him to extended his work as an curator and mentor, “it was a radically fresh approach to discovering and nurturing new talent, and an antedote to the usual pop formulae and manufactured music.”

The Flyover Show is Soweto’s flagship project. Currently in its 5th year, this groundbreaking daylong, music and arts festival takes place in its unusual setting beneath a motorway flyover in Birmingham. Featuring artists as divergent as Goldie, Akala and Omar the festival continues to build on its reputation, bringing world class rostra to an often neglected corner of inner city Birmingham – its previous guests having included Bashy, Ms Dynamite, Janet Kay, Ty, Speech Debelle and Jonzi D to name a few. This year, The Flyover Show will also be taking place for the first time in the unique and historic Freedom Square, also known as the Walter Misulu Square of dedication, Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa. Continue reading

The Flyover Show Saturday 29th May 2010, Underneath Hockley Flyover, Birmingham

Flyover Show III

Soweto Kinch’s music & arts festival returns to Birmingham’s Hockley flyover
May 29th 2010 / Hockley Flyover (underneath), Birmingham / 12noon – 9pm / Free admission

Soweto Kinch Productions is proud to announce the return of Birmingham’s Flyover Show on May 29th 2010.

Now in its third year, this innovative event will once again transform the underbelly of North Birmingham’s Hockley flyover into a vibrant community inspired festival of music and arts.

Running from 12noon to 9pm on May 29th, the Flyover Show is a unique event of cultural expression, celebrating generations of black British music and art.

Daytime performances will come from; Hanifa, CRC, Kashmir, Rochelle Robertson, Leeanne Stoddart and Notebenders.

Whilst evening on the main stage presents; Speech Debelle (Mercury Music Award 2009), Soweto Kinch (MOBO Best Jazz Act 2003 & 2007), Zena Edwards, Eska, Tan, Roxanne and Bridgette Amafoh.

The Flyover Show III combines the best of international black music with established and homegrown UK talent, providing an important platform for burgeoning artists.

The show will also feature vignettes, poetry, dance and graffiti from new and emerging voices that aim both to entertain and challenge perceptions.

A family friendly festival, The Flyover Show III continues the organiser’s philosophy to make high-art readily accessible to inner city communities.

The Flyover Show III will explore the specific theme of black female identity.

The Flyover Show III will bring together generations of black female artists who have made significant cultural contributions, and whose work has helped to reshape black identity.

Discussing the artists booked to perform at the Flyover Show III, founder and organiser Soweto Kinch explains, “they’ve validated a way of being, beyond the glut of R+B/Soul Divas, booty shaking backing dancers or any other stereotype which the commercial mainstream often finds more palatable.”

The Flyover Show III is also responding to the growing number of young black women becoming swept up in destructive gang culture.

The recent Female Voices in Violence report from ROTA (Race On The Agenda), one of the UK’s leading social policy think tanks, consolidated concerns about young women involved in violence, pacing it firmly on the government’s continuing agenda.

The Flyover Show III will showcase inspiring black female artists, encouraging young black women to express themselves with creativity and pride.

For more information and press enquires please contact Ed King – edkingfreelance at yahoo.co.uk

The Flyover Show was created and founded by Soweto Kinch.

Soweto Kinch is an award winning musician and creative. For more information visit www.soweto-kinch.com

The first Flyover Show was held underneath Hockley Flyover in North Birmingham in May 2008. The second event was held in the same location in June the following year.

The Flyover show III receives funding from Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England.

The Flyover Show is a flagship project of Soweto Kinch’s recently formed charity Uprizing,

Speech Debelle won the 2009 Mercury Music Award for her debut album ‘Speech Therapy’.

Speech Debelle is the first female artist to win the Mercury Music Award in seven years, the last being Miss Dynamite in 2002.

For more information on Speech Debelle visit www.speechdebelle.com

Flyover Show III – Volunteers wanted
Soweto Kinch’s music & arts festival on the hunt for enthusiastic helpers – limited places available
May 29th 2010 / Hockley Flyover (underneath), Birmingham / 12noon – 9pm / Free admission

Soweto Kinch’s community inspired music & arts festival returns to Hockley Flyover on May 29th 2010.

Now in it’s third year, this unique urban event is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out on the day. Anyone wanting to apply as a volunteer should email Clare Edwards at clareedwards at mac.com

Responsibilities will include stage management support, managing stalls/art activity, liaising with the general public and assisting the artists performing.

Previous experience is not necessary as full training will be provided. Applicants must be over 16 and passionate about being involved in Birmingham’s most innovative urban party.

Headlining the event is 2009 Mercury Music Award winner Speech Debelle, alongside Soweto Kinch (MOBO Best Jazz Act 2003 & 2007), Zena Edwards, Eska, Tan, Roxanne and Bridgette Amafoh.

Daytime performances will come from; Hanifa, CRC, Kashmir, Rochelle Robertson, Leeanne Stoddart and Notebenders.

Running from 12noon to 9pm on May 29th, the Flyover Show will once again transform the underbelly of North Birmingham’s Hockley flyover.

Combining the best of international black music with established and homegrown UK talent, the Flyover Show is a family friendly festival inspired by the organiser’s philosophy to make ?high-art? readily accessible to inner city communities.

The show will also feature vignettes, poetry, dance and graffiti from new and emerging voices that aim both to entertain and challenge perceptions.

For further information on the event visit www.soweto-kinch.com and click on The Flyover Show III link.

Limited places are available and those interested should apply ASAP.

The Flyover Show 2010

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