James Massiah takes to the mic and shows his mastery of wordplay and metaphors with this piece. It took me a couple listens and i’ve still probably missed a decent amount but I caught enough to know that “Theres a Demon in the South” is another brilliant example of James’ superb live performance poetry.

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Music is Remedy’s Ash is running the marathon for children’s charity PARC Essex. To help him raise funds some of Music is Remedy’s favourite artists are all coming together for a great night of live music. Performances on the night from Incisive, Hayley Cassidy, Dionne Reid, Sean Mahoney and so much more.

Juno Bar 134 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JE,
£5 all night

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Yes peoples it is one month until the May bank Holiday weekend and once again Music is Remedy are proud to host the Unsigned London stage. Over the past 4 years we have had a diverse range of acts with the likes of Hollie McNish, Mikall Pane, Shakka, Dionne Reid, Tawiah, James Massiah and DivaGeek all joining us and giving incredible performances. This Year we have once again pulled together an incredible range of acts that do represent what it is Music is Remedy is all about good music.

Headlining this year will be one of the most hyped talked about collectives around at Present. The Mighty ORPH Gang will be closing the stage with 50 minute set of hype, quality and brilliance that if we had a roof would have been blazed alight! Also on the day there will be performances from Julie Iwheta, Cara Winter, Kai Jones, Ruinz Ason to name a few.

The full line up is below and as well as all that there will be all the other goodness associated with Streetfest from BMX and Skateboard displays to dance crews to amazing food and DJs. It will not be one to be missed. Tickets are available NOW HERE get your hands on them and come join us!

For more info contact music_is_remedy@yahoo.co.uk

Unexpected Guests
Bre Musiq
ScruLove
Triple O
Julie Iwheta
Sean Colwill
Lars Koehoorn
Kemi Aneke
Cara Winter
Kai Jones
Charlotte Brimner
Ruinz Ason
Orph Gang

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James Massiah takes it to the streets of South London more specifically Streath-Narm aka Streatham. He talks about his experience as a younger growing up on those streets. To be fair its probably not an experience specific to just South London but i’m not sure if many streets have seen the same changes that Streath-Narm has. James brings the truth and his flow and lyrical content as always are on point and as someone who grew up on those same streets and ends I love this piece even more.

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Young fresh Jazz Soul Hip Hop Spoken Word mesh of goodness from one of my favourite up and coming artists Oscar Laurence. After seeing him last year at a Poejazzi show I’ve been hooked and following his moves. He has a great natural sound and feel to his music and there is a rawness to it that takes me back to my college days where you just made music you loved with no complications. James Massiah provides the icing on the cake with his trademark flow and lyrical content fitting perfectly over the track.

Love this someone to begin following without a doubt!!!

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Sunday May 3rd Streetfest returns and once again Music is Remedy will be hosting the Streetfest Unsigned stage showcasing the best Unsigned music from around the country! In previous years we have had the likes of DivaGeek, Shakka, Mikall Pane, James Massiah, Hollie McNish, Dean Atta, Dionne Reid, Tawiah and many more quality acts and you can join the list this year!

For 1 month we will be accepting entries to perform on the Unsigned stage. Simply send us your links and a short intro as to why you think you should be on that stage to music_is_remedy@yahoo.co.uk we will then shortlist the top 12 acts to face off over two heats at the Juno Bar where an industry panel will pick the best two acts to proceed to perform at Streetfest!

Its that simple. For more information please email the address above and get involved! Heres some clips of the streetfest heats and last years Streetfest!

Photo by Owen Davies http://www.86imaging.com

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Brainchild 2015 LAUNCH @ Total Refreshment Centre Sat Dec 3rd

The Brainchild festival returns for its third year over three days in July and they launch with an evening of entertainment to give you a real taster of what to expect come July 10th. There’s a wide mixture of musical styles on the night plus spoken word from Music is Remedy Favourites Cecilia Knapp and Paul Cree to name but a few. The night goes on right until the early hours and the perfect way to kick off your 2015 gigging experience!

Total Refreshment Centre 2A Farleigh Place, N16 7SU
£6-£7 Everyone else

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Another great video/performance captured at James Massiah’s Spaeking event. This one features the brilliant Sean Mahoney dropping a short piece that’ll make you chuckle as he plays with words and rhymes.

If you love spoken word do connect with James Massiah to find out about his events pure quality on show always.

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This is another one of those posts where my words can not do justice to the content you just need to watch and listen.

I’ve been a massive fan of Zia Ahmed since first working with him back in 2012. He has a unique, funny and wonderful way with words and flow as is displayed perfectly here in this piece that sums up life pretty well. Clear 15 minutes in your day to watch and take this all in!

Footage was captured of Zia performing at James Massiah’s monthly Spaeking event. The next one is December 7th more details here.

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A brilliant performance and piece from teacher, actor and poet Elliot Barnes-Worrell. He goes in on the blurred lines of class in London and how its not so easy to define which box you truly belong in or if in fact you are in one that you have to make for yourself. As a Londoner who was academic, went to the theatre (thanks mum) but had friends who lived the “Road” life i can overly relate and i’m pretty sure there’s many more of us out there who feel the same.

Props to James Massiah for sharing this and putting me onto this!

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