Recommended watching: What Difference Does It Make?

Red Bell Music Acadeny - What Difference Does It Make film (980x520)Just what difference their work makes is a question that occupies creatives everywhere.

The art of making music and how it affects the lives of people who choose to make it is the question explored in a feature-length documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music, by director Ralf Schmerberg. It’s a thoroughly captivity look at the creative process and how we define our own worth. Continue reading

Why British-Grenadians should care about the island’s 40th independence day

Grenada flag-waver, by Wayne Marshall (Sep 2008) (1448x815)There are just over 9,700 Grenadian-born people living in the United Kingdom, according to the 2001 UK Census. How many of them were aware that the island of their birth celebrated its 40th anniversary of independence on Friday, February 7, 2014? Continue reading

Nu People: The lifestyle mag offering black Britons a fresh perspective

Nu People Tumblr splash (560x329)You have to be certain kind of crazy to launch a print magazine in today’s climate. Yet the magazines that are providing stories and content that readers can’t find anywhere else and, most importantly, continue to serve the needs of an active community are the ones that are still in good health.

Nu People, a lifestyle magazine for black people, is a fresh publication that has the potential to become an essential companion for its target audience – one that is desperately underserved in Britain today. Continue reading

Music acts to watch in 2014

Any avid gambler will tell you that you can never have too many good tips. And while, in this case, tip-offs about 2014’s likely breakthrough artists come a dime a dozen, here are a selection of bold, up-and-coming artists that deserve your attention.

Sampha press photo 03 (724x408)1. Sampha
The buzz around this 24-year-old south Londoner has reached a new high. Already a runner-up in the BBC’s Sound of 2014 list and many others, new single ‘Too Much’ confirms the excitement is warranted. Continue reading

Best albums of 2013: The top 10

Aaron's best albums of 2013 collage 10-01 (2500x1000)Here we are. The final 10 and my chosen favourites. Over the first and second parts of my album round-up, there have been disappointments (yep, no Bowie, no Kanye), there been surprises and there has even been some grief.

A picture may tell a thousand words, but music can paint a million different images. Which is why no amount of text could ever capture how those moments of musical elation feel. Still, if you’ve faced struggles and doubt this year, then, in their own way, each of these 10 albums offer reasons for you to press on in search of better days to come. Continue reading

Best albums of 2013: 20 to 11

Aaron's best albums of 2013 collage, 20-11 (2500x1000)Yesterday, I kicked off my own round-up of the year’s best albums, starting with numbers 25 to 21. Now, the countdown continues. Let me know what you think in the comments section or tweet me via @dk33per. Continue reading

Best albums of 2013: 25 to 21

Aaron's Best albums of 2013 collage 25-21It’s that time again to decide exactly which albums are among the year’s best. Albums that have pulled me through the bleak hours, albums that have clocked up hundreds of minutes as I’ve clocked up the miles and albums that have been the soundtrack to good times.

In what has been a turbulent year of change, we’ve had terrific albums from the likes of Lady, Caro Emerald and Blludd Relations, as well as some mixed debuts from Chvrches, Deap Vally and the Strypes. We’ve even had Beyoncé’s shock release of her fifth studio album at the eleventh hour, which goes to show you just can’t write-off the year in music until it’s all over. But none of those artists have made it into my top 25. And I thought it was tough choosing a top 10 last year – that was without hearing half of the spectacular 2012 albums that I arrived late to this year. Continue reading