Project Category: radio shows

Question Everything? – November 2013

Our featured artist  this week was Antix whose latest album title mirrors his own philosophy  – Question Everything. Can anything be free from the scrutiny of questioning? Even apparent certainties, like life and death for example, prompt a myriad of questions around what is actually going on. The studio wasn’t working but the show had already been delayed by a week and there were people tweeting about it. I was determined to make it happen. So it was with a lot of help (thank you Linden), and some trickery that Chris Paradox and I eventually ended up sitting together on one single leather chair and huddling round a mic and a laptop to explore the subject of questioning. The theme was inspired by our featured artist British rapper – Antix. Antix was brilliant. In one of his songs ‘Our Father‘ he directly and bravely tackles the issue of child abuse. Topped off by Chris Paradox’s poem ‘The Indestructible Matrix of Pure Space’, it turned out to be a great show. Lo in fi, but very hi in love. Sometimes good things can come when you just trust, no questions. Have a listen. Faith & Conspiracies There is faith in hope. Faith by its very essence does not need to be questioned. Even atheists will have said a little prayer at least once in their lives. When you turn to...

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Activism in Music – June 2013

Chandrasonic, guitarist and front man with one of the most politically inclined UK bands – Asian Dub Foundation and Emma Ako promoter of London’s new Carpe Diem spoken word events which raises awareness  of  issues around mineral mining in the Congo,  plus of course the poet of Battersea Park, Chris Paradox and myself chika, are all Rising this month. Activism in music is not as new a concept as we may imagine. Music has been used as a form of protest and political expressions for centuries. Beethoven’s third symphony for example was originally called ‘Bonaparte’ until 1804 when Napoleon crowned himself emperor and the composer renamed his symphony ‘Heroic Symphony composed to Celebrate the Memory of a Great Man’. Quite a put down. Although the protest song has continued to play a part in music the big question I wanted to tackle on the show was – has it had any impact? Hip hop for example is often synonymous with political ranting. Public Enemy, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, the list is endless. But whilst their lyrics may educate or inform, do they inspire us to get up and do something about the issues they raise? My fear was that the answer was no. But something came to light. It’s obvious really. Protest music keeps these issues in people’s awareness. Lyrics keep people’s minds alert. It tells them out there that...

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Consciousness Culture – May 2013

I chat with  Chris Paradox , who also poeticises, about  ‘Consciousness Culture’. Plus two of Caxton Press live in the studio . Caxton Press are a polemical London based outfit with an array of intellectual MCs including a female that offers what we almost forgot women in hip-hop are capable of delivering. The group have spent a year tweaking their debut album in pursuit of ‘the truth that is buried deep underneath the murky haze of modern life’.  So what is consciousness culture? Let’s break it down. According to WikiPedia consciousness is ‘a loosely defined concept that addresses the human awareness of both internal and external stimuli. This can refer to spiritual recognition, psychological understanding, medically altered states, or more modern-day concepts of life purpose, satisfaction, and self-actualization’. Awareness is the key word. There is a growing group in society that are becoming more aware. Aware of spiritual connection, aware of connection to each other, aware that we have a choice and a purpose – every single one of us. Often that purpose at its barest level is simply to come together and to serve. Have I lost you? I’m not talking about shedding all your possessions and living on berries (however appealing that sometimes sounds to me) or joining the nearest commune (ditto on the previous sentiments), I’m talking about being kind to yourselves and each other, share your gifts, think outside your...

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Cleansing – April 2013

Welcome to the first show of the revamped Ignite Rising on Shoreditch Radio. This show features myself Kary aka chiKa at the controls plus Barefoot Doctor,  the amazing DJ/producer legend that is Terry Hooligan, and the supreme lyrical master Chris Paradox fresh from a long water fast which provided the inspiration for the theme of cleansing. Cleansing is for the body, mind and soul Cleansing is a tried and tested and ancient form of detoxification. My own fasting experience was almost over 10 years ago when I lived in a warehouse the Mission district of San Francisco. It was a 10 day master cleanse undertaken unwisely without any research but which nevertheless left me feeling clean, alert and of course – hungry. Two other people in the warehouse continued for a total of 30 days and at the end of their cleanse I clearly remember their very bright sauce wide eyes, clear skin and transformed attitude to life.It works. But what about a few days/ weeks/ months later? The real aim of a cleanse is to build awareness of yourself and nurture a deeper understanding of how you work. The effect of the food that you put into your body ultimately manifests in how healthy you act. The way we act is determined by a whole bunch of chemical reactions which are determined by amongst other things – the fuel you give...

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