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UK: JJC & 419 Squad live at Shoreditch: Africa Œ05 (21 August 2005, London)

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  • Ilka Schlockermann
    JJC & 419 Squad Tic Tac Soukous Koumbele Ayetoro DJ Dr A4 Hosted by DJ Edu (BBC 1Xtra) and more live at Shoreditch: Africa Œ05 One day African festival
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      JJC & 419 Squad
      Tic Tac
      Soukous Koumbele
      DJ Dr A4
      Hosted by DJ Edu (BBC 1Xtra)
      and more live at

      Shoreditch: Africa Œ05

      One day African festival celebrating all aspects of African culture (part of
      the Shoreditch Festival 2005)


      Sunday, 21 August 2005
      1pm ­ 7pm
      JJC & 419 Squad will on the main stage at 4pm for approx. 40 mins.

      Haggerston Park, Hackney Park, London E9/ E2
      Click this link for venue map:
      Bus: Number 55, 26, 48
      Tube: Liverpool Street and Old Street

      For more info on-line:
      Shoreditch: Africa Œ05: http://www.outofafrica-london.com/htm/festival.htm
      Shoreditch Festival 2005: http://www.shoreditchfestival.org.uk/
      JJC & 419 Squad: http://www.jjc2uk.com
      Out Of Africa: http://www.outofafrica-london.com/

      Eat, drink and get down to the spirit, rhythms and tastes of Africa as
      Shoreditch Festival celebrates Africa Œ05 with a spectacular event in
      Haggerston Park. An explosion of African culture, featuring music, poetry,
      food, market stalls, workshops, games, crafts and dance to delight and
      surprise throughout the day.

      Your ears will be buzzing with the sound of live music and entertainment
      from cutting-edge, international African musicians in a variety of styles
      from Afro Beat to African Hip-Hop. Artists on the two main stages include
      Afropean Hip-Hop fusioneers JJC & 419 Squad, Ghanaian hip-life superstar Tic
      Tac and Congolese rumba stars Koko Kanyinda & Soukous Koumbele who will
      deliver their own brand of rumba, infectious soukous, and African funk with
      wild dancing and acrobatic conga solos which contribute to a spectacular
      live performance. Some of Hackney¹s finest African performers will also be
      heading down to Haggerston Park to fuel the celebrations, featuring bands,
      dance and drumming troupes, solo artists, circus performers and much more,
      such as B Sharp, Sabar, E bonessence and Nubian Queen.

      Throughout this event there's every opportunity to satisfy your taste buds
      and delight in mouth-watering, finger-licking dishes from across the
      continent. PLUS: -

      * Get a thrilling taste of African market life and visit stalls offering
      everything from arts and crafts, jewellery and accessories to CDs and books.

      * An abundance of children¹s activities with an arts and crafts area
      offering face painting, hair braiding and African mask making as well as
      workshops for all the family

      * ³Poetry Picnic² - Sable LitMag present gifted poets, Fatimah Kelleher, Nii
      Ayikwei Parkes, Roger Robinson and Dorothea Smartt who will join you in the
      various picnic areas and transfix you with their words.

      * A whole host of workshops such as African mask making, djembe drumming,
      High Life dance, gum boot dance and poetry with Beyonder (Africa ¹05
      resident artist).

      * ³Nomadic Performers² ­ be dazzled by gravity defying acrobats and talking
      drummers travelling the whole festival site.

      * A breath-taking and inspiring art and sculpture exhibition.

      Join us in celebrating Africa by indulging yourself in the culture of a


      About JJC & 419 Squad:

      London-based Nigerian rap sensation JJC & 419 Squad¹s music is a uniquely
      uplifting blend of Hip-Hop, African rhythms, R¹n¹B, salsa and beyond.
      Winners of the Best Group category at last year¹s KORA Awards (the African
      equivalent of the Grammys), JJC & 419 Squad have been huge hits at the
      WOMAD, RESPECT and LONDON UNITED/ RISE festivals and also at the launch of
      the BBC¹s AFRICA LIVES season at the British Museum (where they upstaged Bob
      Geldof, Gordon Brown and Rolf Harris!) and the televised launch of MTV BASE
      AFRICA in Abuja, Nigeria (alongside Ludacris). They classify themselves
      (and their music) as Afropean, i.e. Africans based in the European Diaspora,
      in this case Nigerians living in London. Lyrically, the four-piece mix
      English and pidgin English with their native Nigerian Yoruba language, while
      musically they are comfortably crossing over from World music to Hip-Hop and
      back (they have been guests on Tim Westwood¹s Radio 1 Rap Show and Charlie
      Gillett¹s BBC London World music flagship show).

      JJC stands for ŒJohnny just come¹, a term Africans use to mock other
      Africans that have just arrived in the Diaspora. The number Œ419¹ in 419
      Squad relates to the advance fee fraud scam, often referred to as "4-1-9"
      fraud after the section of the Nigerian penal code which makes it illegal.
      The humorous approach is carried over into the lyrics, too - sample lyrics:
      ³My name is Ade, I am a Yardie. You wanna make some money really quickly?
      Well, bring your passport and bank statement ....²

      Charismatic frontman JJC is also one of the on-line hosts of Africa On Your
      Street (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/africaonyourstreet/jjc.shtml), a BBC
      Radio 3 website celebrating the African music scene across the UK and
      beyond. He was previously a BBC 1Xtra radio DJ (African Vibes) and has also
      presented a number of other radio programmes, such as Afropop (a radio
      documentary series which looked at the the rise of African Hip-Hop,
      broadcast on the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra), World On Your
      Street (BBC web radio) and a one-off special on France¹s No.1 taste-making
      station Radio Nova. JJC is also known as Skillz, a top UK producer who has
      worked with the likes of Jamelia, Lemar, Big Brovaz, Liberty X and Jay Sean.

      At Shoreditch: Africa Œ05 JJC & 49 Squad (JJC, Smokey, M.P. and S.O. Simple)
      will be performing with Europe¹s first professional talking drummer, Ayan
      Ayandosu The 1st.

      High resolution images available on request


      I will be in Germany from 11 August, back on 18 August .
      While I¹m away please do not call me on my UK mobile; instead use +49 172
      1444 599. You may, however, send SMS text messages to the UK mobile.
      I will be checking my emails only sporadically. Please no attachments over
      100 KB while I am away.

      Ilka Schlockermann

      PO Box 31876
      London SE17 2ZB

      TEL: +44 (0)79 3206 6624
      EMAIL: ilka@...
      WEB: http://www.jjc2uk.com

      Check out JJC¹s African hip-hop column on BBC Radio 3¹s AFRICA ON YOUR
      STREET web site:

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