Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Juwon at Vortex

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Juwon Ogungbe and the Life Force Band!




Playing a solo set of not one or two, but nine songs. Him and the grand piano plus voice, kind of put Juwon Ogungbe in a class of his own. "Calling out," the opening song, created the mood and set the tone for the rest of the night. Juwon has his own sound. It's unique and it fits his rich voice perfectly.

Described as an effortless mix of African grooves, soul stirring songs and funky licks. I think it is more than that. The African tunes are deep with meaning and reflective of the culture whence they came. 

Classically trained, he is not new to performance. It kind of shows in his quiet confidence and skill.

Showcasing the work from his current CD, "Life Force Music," the band joined Juwon on stage. The music had all of the elements mentioned above with a subtle promise that a lasting marriage between classical and other genres, is a distinct possibility. 

An artist that really enjoys performance, Juwon has an infectious enthusiasm that carries, and gave this show an added oomph. 




You can check out his profile at Juwon Ogungbe.com his website. 

Juwon & the Life Force Band entertained with "Easy Living," A Taste of Pepper,", "Celluloid Dreams," "Beautiful Thing" and many others were a joy to listen to live. I sense a gradual shift in Juwon's music. A sideways move that could put him in a niche of his own.

Whatever happens, goodluck Juwon. It was quite entertaining.


'Bodederek




Wednesday, 7 May 2014

ROUGH SCIENCE LIVE AT SOE AWARDS MARCH 2011



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A week after the launch of their new CD, I sat in a Kentish Town restaurant with Joe Blake. The drummer and a leading member of the band, Rough Science as we discussed their gig in Camden the week before.

The gig at the Record Club in Camden Townwas to mark the official launch of Rough Science's double EP on that Saturday 29th March and the venue was filled with fans, family, friends and well wishers.

The band put on a good show with thrilling songs like "Turning Me On", "Battered and Bruised", "Rebel" and the kick ass song "Our Way" as well as the other tracks from the new album now on sale on iTunes. In my opinion, this band with their own unique and original repertoire of contemporary Ska and fusion had a sound all their own.

Ace drummer Joe is an experienced musician. He had his first record deal at sixteen years old and hasn't looked back. The other core members apart from Joe Blake (Drums) are Salvo Nostrato (Keyboards and vocals) and  Oja Simon (Guitar and Lead Vocals), these are versatile musicians who are re-defining the Ska genre, keeping it fresh and exciting. 

Although Ska as a genre is still very much alive, these guys have raised the bar that little bit higher, creating an exciting sound that can only bode well for the genre. The music had a personality, an excitement that I would call Ska Fusion or Indie Ska.

In March 2011, they were one of the bands recognised at the SOE Awards in London. SOE is short for Sounds of Excellence. As the name suggests, the gong goes to only the very best sound makers, groups and artists.

I suspect there is still a lot more to come from these guys. So, keep your eyes peeled!

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