From the global sounds and jazz vibes of the Grand Union Re:Generation Band to the soul, R’n’B and Grime showcased by Jordan O with Soul Café featuring Di-Vincent and Nyoka Ebony.
Grand Union Re:Generation Band Global
Sounds and jazz sensibilities melt together for these young East London musicians sharing a love of traditional and contemporary styles. The Re:Generation Band are a hybrid of non-standard instrumentalists (from Tabla to Ghuzeng to Kpanlogo players) and jazz players who share a love of traditional music forms from Bengal to the Caribbean via West Africa.
Formed of musicians from the Grand Union Youth Orchestra, the group consists of more experienced musicians on the threshold of a professional career, developing their own material, which they’ve been performing in residency at Poplar Union’s ‘Live in the Library’ sessions. Grand Union’s ethos is a fusion of cultures and celebrating the diversity of East London; this is their musical melting pot.
Soul Cafe with Jordan O
Jordan O hosts a programme of live music from upcoming artists, in a stripped down acoustic setting.
Jordan O, our host for the Soul Cafe, is a singer/songwriter from East London. Part of the Spotlight Sounds community, he is influenced by John Legend, Ed Sheehan, Lauryn Hill and Sean C Johnson, combining authentic, heartfelt lyrics with soulful melodies that are soothing and relatable. He writes with the aim to share a message that makes people feel loved and cherished.
The straight-shooting free-spirited singer has an edge and ease in her voice that creates an instant gravitational pull with her listener, fusing contemporary reggae with elements of soul and many more genres in projects to come, she represents the next big thing in reggae of her generation. The rising songbird from south London, Croydon, UK is gaining attention at home and abroad with her distinctive delivery, creating music before her time in modern-day swagger. She recently landed features in the girls irate get heard segment, live music review spotlight session with Seani B and Jazz wad records and BBC 1xtra – targets notice board with her debut single ‘Life over death’.
Di (pronounced ‘D’) is Chinese Nigerian. He likes to produce, rap and sing, and lives for emotional, melodic music. His debut project, Crazy Beautiful Dreams, is on the horizon, and he’s been sharpening up his live performance skills around his hometown, East London!
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