JJC & 419 Squad on the Tim Westwood show (BBC R1) this Friday & other news
- JJC & 419 Squad News
6 July 2005
First of all, sorry to those of you that came to the Afro Hip Hop Intro
Summer Jam¹ in Atlanta on 1 July expecting to see JJC & 419 Squad perform.
Due to circumstances beyond our control we were unfortunately unable to make
it to this show.
Thanks to those of you that made it down to the Africa Lives¹ event at the
British Museum in London on 26 June. It was a brilliant show, and the first
time JJC & 419 Squad performed with talking drummer Ayan Ayandosu The 1st
(who is featured on the new version of Ewajo¹). Check out this photo of the
JJC & 419 Squad will be guests on Tim Westwood¹s Rap Show¹ on BBC Radio 1
(97-99 FM) this Friday, 8 July, 9pm 11pm (GMT); we will be on air at
around 10.30pm. You can also listen to the show live on-line and the listen
again after the original broadcast by logging on to:
For more information on Tim Westwood check out:
For full information on Radio 1¹s Africa-related programmes please visit:
Straight after the Westwood interview we are off to BBC Radio Five Live
(90.9 FM & 693 AM) where we will be guests on the Up All Night¹ show,
Saturday, 9 July, 1- 5am (GMT); we will be on air at around 1am. The show
will go out live from Lagos with JJC & 419 Squad joining in from the London
studio. Presenter Dotun Adebayo goes back to the country of his birth to
find out if debt relief and aid to Africa can make a difference. You can
text your views on this, as well as on JJC & 419 Squad, to 85058 (network
rates app) or you can email upallnight@... .
You can also listen to the show live on-line and the listen again after the
original broadcast by logging on to:
Afropop is a radio documentary which looks at the the rise of African
Hip-Hop. Presented by JJC, it consists of four episodes concentrating on
West, East, Southern and North Africa. First broadcast on the BBC World
Service, you can now catch it on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. One Click on BBC
Radio 1, the lifestyle show hosted by Miquita Oliver, is broadcasting all
four episodes as part of its programme. The first episode is still
available online until 11 July. Go to:
For more information on One Click and when to catch the next episodes:
I will advise you of the 1Xtra transmission dates of Afropop as soon as
possible. In the meantime check out 1Xtra¹s special African programming on:
Also have a peek at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/africa/hiphopinafrica.shtml
This Saturday, 9 July 2005, 10pm 5am, for those of you in London fancying
a night out, check out Reunion Bash '05 @ Moonlighting Nightclub, 17 Greek
Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR. Be entertained by DJs PnP Family and others,
plus a PA by JJC & 419 Squad.
For directions: http://www.moonlightingnightclub.co.uk
Looking ahead to the weekend after next, it¹s the RISE festival coming up on
Saturday, 16 July, at Burgess Park, London, SE5, from 12 noon to 8.30 pm.
Formerly known as the Respect festival, the Mayor of London¹s huge FREE
anti-racism festival is the largest of its kind in Europe. JJC & 419 Squad
will be performing with a full live band at 7.10pm on the main stage. Other
acts on the main stage include Eska, Fundamental, The Mitchell Brothers,
Terri Walker, Lemar, Goldie Lookin Chain, Kano, Raghav, Modeste Hugues and
Horace Andy. There will be lots of other attractions including: Crescent
Stage (music and dance), Big Cuba Fiesta, African Village, Mela Stage,
Crisis Comedy Marquee, PRS Urban Stage (for emerging and unsigned acts), and
a DJ Bus.
For more info see http://www.risefestival.org/
After collaborating with Nigerian duo Maintain and Tanzania¹s R¹n¹B star
T.i.D., JJC & 419 Squad have now invited Ghanaian hiplife superstar Tic Tac
to the studio for a collaboration. Tic Tac has of course had a hit with a
fellow Nigerian artist before: Fe Fe Ne Efe¹ with Tony Tetuila. The song
Tic Tac and JJC & 419 Squad recorded together is called We Want More¹.
Look out for previews on our web site soon.
For more info on Tic Tac please visit: http://www.ilovetictac.com/
Please do not forget to keep requesting JJC & 419 Squad¹s music videos,
especially Ewajo¹, on MTV Base Africa. The easiest way to do this is to
log help with this log on to:
and fill in the form requesting your favourite JJC & 419 Squad videos. You
can really make a difference here, so we are urging all our fans to please
let MTV Base Africa know your thoughts on JJC & 419 Squad. Thanks for your
JJC & 419 Squad¹s Kora award-winning track 'Kilonsele' is one of the 33
tracks included on a new 3 CD set called Beginner's Guide To Africa¹
(Nascente/ NSBOX_013). The set has been compiled by Nigel Williamson of The
Times newspaper and also includes Africando, Thandiswa Mazwai, Cheikh Lo,
Orchestra Baobab, Rokia Traore and many more. To listen to audio clips of
all tracks and order your copy go to:
We often get approached by up and coming artists, so I thought some of you
may be interested in this:
African Connection - BBC New Talent, with Radio 1, 1Xtra and Radio 3 are
looking for four musicians (soloists, bands or studio based producers) who
want to take their music in a new direction, for a one-off opportunity to
work with some of the very best African acts around.
The four finalists will take part in master classes with major artists. As
well as an in-depth exploration of African sounds, techniques, rhythms,
lyrics and instruments you'll make a piece of music with one of the
musicians and record it with a top producer. The best of these recordings
will then be played on-air.
For more information visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/newtalent/africanconnection/
JJC & 419 Squad will be performing on 21 August a festival called
Shoreditch: Africa 05¹ featuring the extraordinary diversity of African
culture which takes place in Haggerston Park, Hackney, London (1pm 7pm).
The organisers want to involve as much of the Hackney community as possible.
There will be a stage called Hackney¹s Finest¹ featuring the most promising
African acts from bands, dance troupes to solo artists and much more,
performing everything and anything from circus tricks, street dance, Djembe
drumming, spoken word to Gospel. So if you are an African act based in
Hackney (or the East End of London) you should contact Tat Gray at Hatch
Events: 020 7553 4475 or tat@...
Until next time, keep spreading the word!
PO Box 31876
London SE17 2ZB
Check out JJC¹s African hip-hop column on BBC Radio 3¹s AFRICA ON YOUR
STREET web site:
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