The Jazz Café’s a venue steeped in history as deep as the best Blues and as illustrious as the most profound Hip Hop story. So, when RU1 Fam held their EP Launch at the Camden music mecca on Tuesday November 26th, they were automatically weaving themselves into a strong legacy of authentically original live acts. Promoted by Abstrackt Artists who work in association with KORI charity (http://www.kori.org.uk), the event was attended by an array of progressive positive music lovers; one and all were attentively engaged from beginning till the end of the show.
Opening for the crowd was enthralling soul singer JJ Soulx who came to share some of her new material being created in preparation for a debut album in 2014. This young woman’s pure and penetrating vocals are combined with a mature writing style that makes her a guaranteed star on the rise! The song Back to Basics in particular has a poignance and power that belies JJ Soul’s years.
Taking to the stage next were Afrikan Revolution who are a collective of some of the best musicians the nation has to offer. They provide a hypnotizingly mellow and happy melting pot of jazzy, reggae, acoustic soul sounds all complimented by lyrics celebrating African cultural heritage. Rolling seamlessly through their set list, Asheber, the group’s majestic lead singer captivates crowds with his rising tones and empowering messages. Watching this band screams the need for open festival fields so make sure you keep an eye out for their schedule this summer!
As Afrikan Revolution drew to a close, the RU1 Fam collective assembled on the steps from the upper tier down towards the stage, as so many other great acts have done in anticipation of gracing Jazz Café’s stage. Majical, Hunta Pro, Mercury, Watusi87 and DanJahDan all bring wordplay and execution that’s refreshingly alternative and exciting. All I can say is check out the mixtape! Reminiscent of groups such as Slum Village, A Tribe called Quest, Terrafirma and more recently Hawk House, the collective have hooks that’ll linger in your mind and punch lines that have you stunned on the spot. Real Life Hip Hop and RU1 are a couple tracks that’ll make a real impact but all of their songs are on point. A shout out must go to their producers, No Name and MCM, whose beats we’re interpreted impressively by Afrikan Revolution’s band that doubled as RU1 Fam’s live backing.
Klashnekoff closed off the show with his familiarly poetic raps full of lessons learned since his younger years. Yet he also was able to reach back to his biggest hits that still resonate with real hip hop fans to this day. November 26th was an event that marks a notable milestone for the RU1 Fam and the whole conscious movement. Stay up to date with the music via the links below and grab a mixtape when you come to the next show!
Also, remember in the meantime…We Are One, One Love!!
RU1 Fam Facebook https://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/RU1-Fam/408280245864448
KORI Charity http://www.kori.org.uk