On Saturday 11 March, you can join me for another session of Mind, Body & Sacred Song at the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Putney. Details and bookings are here via Eventbrite.
On Sunday 12 March, 7 to 8pm UK time, I am really pleased that my Stronger on Sundays series is returning, with a slight difference. A shorter session of 1 hour and just one guest. Reflective conversations on racial injustice in a compassionately held and music-filled space. My first guest of this new series will be Lama Rod Owens – a Buddhist Minister, Author, Activist and an insightful speaker. I am so looking forward to this conversation. This programme also marks the start in the series of Stronger on Sundays podcasts but you can join us on Zoom. Registration is free via this link.
Friends….I am extending much love and good wishes to you this 2023. May it be a joyous and peaceful year for us all. Undoubtedly there will be moments of challenge, but may we find deep strength and the wise resources to manoeuvre our way through them all with grace. My first proper gig of the year takes place on Wednesday 11 January at Chelsea’s famous 606 Club. This is a gig of a difference for me as I’ll be singing alongside my pianist Arthur Lea performing a host of our favourite songs – with maybe the odd original flung in. Do join us. This promises to be a feelgood occasion filled with positive vibes and you would be most welcome. More info here on the venue’s website.
Stronger on Sundays had been on pause while plans are made for the upcoming series. In light of the war in Ukraine, this special pop-up programme has been planned. Discussing the plight of African people in Ukraine who have been forgotten in the midst of conflict, I am pleased to be joined by guests who can inform us on the situation on the ground in Ukraine for people of African heritage. All donations from ticket sales will go directly to Africans Rising in support of their work aiding Africans in Ukraine. To book, please visit the Eventbrite page.
My guest on SOS this month is Roger Wilson, co-founder of Black Lives in Music which has been carrying-out a survey to gather experiences of black and brown musicians in the UK. Roger will discuss some of the findings and alongside Roger will be Michael Eakin of the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Leslie Kwan, founder of The Monarch Network – a new media-production company that commissions and presents music-based exclusively in support of hospital staff, patients and their families at NHS hospitals. As always, you are welcomed into the SOS space. For more details and to book, please visit the Eventbrite page.
I recently had the great pleasure of speaking with attorney Michael Fuller for his podcast, Drop Da Biscuit. I am always happy to have a conversation about music so I was glad for this opportunity to talk about songs I love that have meaning to me. A little like Desert Island Discs – but a bit longer and fewer song choices.
I am looking forward to hearing first-hand from writer Alex Renton about his discovery in recent years of his own family’s direct involvement in the slave trade in the West Indies; learning about the impact of this knowledge on he and his own family. Plus hearing from human rights activist and Scientist Sir Geoff Palmer and Trinidadian based political commentator and author Rhoda Bharath. What an episode. For more details and to book, please visit the Eventbrite page.
Really pleased to be back online this coming Monday 17 January, 1900 to 2015 UK time, and you are invited to sing with me.
Everyone is welcome. I am offering this session for **free**. Come and raise your voice and release your sound. Sing for joy not judgement. Sing for freedom. To join, all you need to do is register which you can do via this Eventbrite link
Having created the Mind, Body & Song series online, I am bringing a half-day version of these sessions to a beautiful part of Dorset. On Saturday 9 October, you have the opportunity to join me for this retreat of singing, sound and song. Open to all, regardless of musical knowlege or ability, you would be very welcome to join – particularly if you are someone who has always felt slightly unsure about using your voice. More details and can be found on Eventbrite using this link: bit.ly/MindBodySongDorset
Really pleased to announce the next Stronger on Sundays programme which is set to be another engaging discussion. We will hear from Rehena Harilall a South African activist who grew up during the apartheid era. Kwaku of British Black Music will join us too and together we will hear about the powerful importance and impact of music as part of rights protest. Tickets are by donation with a range of suggested amounts to suit all budgets. For more details and to book, please visit the Eventbrite page.