Sierra Leone artist Alim Kamara to ignite London’s most famous music venue Jazz Café
He could be the first Sierra Leonean to headline at The Jazz Cafe
Ise Stevens – Enjoy Sierra Leone.
Hiphop artist Alim Kamara will be headlining at the renowned London venue The Jazz Café on the 11th of August, with a night of “blissful sounding hip hop, neo-soul, blues, jazz, spoken word and African drumming” to promote peace and leave your mind stimulated.
Back in the day my cousin and I would stand outside ‘Our Price’ record store in Crouch End, London, with the exact amount of coins to buy a Parental Explicit Hiphop CD. That was where my education of a new culture begun. We were only nine and so we would ask a complete stranger going into the store to buy us the CD. We would then lightning bolt home to throw it on and learn the lyrics to our favourites.
“Well today’s topic is self-destruction… It’s one or two suckers, ignorant brothers trying to rob and steal from one another… So to crush that stereotype here’s what we did. We got ourselves together so that you could unite and stand for what’s right.’ – KRS ONE
When you talk about super heroes, aside from mum’s firm handling, this was the art form that encouraged me to stand for something.
So begins the self-penned note to music lovers by Alim Kamara. Fast forward to 2014 and on the 11th of August, he will be igniting the same stage already graced by some of these “hiphop heroes” namely KRS One, Roots Manuva, Common and The Roots as he headlines at London’s renowned Jazz Café with an event to promote peace.
For an independent artisan of hip hop who has stayed devoted to nurturing his passions and developing his craft, this can be considered the ultimate nod and a timely reward. A good part of his dedication to hiphop is prevalent in his steadfast mission to inspire, inform and ignite. What some may not know about Alim Kamara is that hiphop has given him many awards but has also taken him into schools both at home and abroad and encouraged him to set up a charity to support education in Sierra Leone. The documentary Hiphop Is My Village chronicles his journey with the latter and is a must watch.
If you love good music and were moved by his previous release Reciting Rainbows, then you need to bear witness as he illuminates London’s Jazz Cafe, an experience he promises to be “a soul baring expression of love, peace and positive vibes, with a live band”. He will share the stage with Sharlene Hector, Usifu Jalloh, Dionne Reid, King Cas and host Yomi Greeds. A blissful night awaits you as Alim Kamara always serves musical excellence, guaranteed to blow your mind!
To the promoters Esselle Media, St Pancras Community Association and all those who have supported Alim Kamara thus far: Isis Magazine, Focus Organisation, Mandinka, Imaginereel Productions, Enjoy Sierra Leone and Salone Truefans, you are appreciated.
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