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18 October 2012


Award Winning Jazz and Hip Hop Star brings Seven Deadly Sins to Nottingham

Award-winning jazz alto saxophonist and hip hop star Soweto Kinch will be presenting all new material this Thursday night when The Legend of Mike Smith tour comes to the New Art Exchange, Nottingham, in anticipation of a new album of the same name to be release in early 2013.

The performance draws on Dante and The Seven Deadly sins, telling the tale of a young MC caught in a very modern world of temptation. Featuring a core trio including Karl Rasheed Abel on bass and Shaney Forbes on Drums the subject matter allows Kinch to explore the full breadth of human emotion in Hip Hop and jazz form.

Soweto Kinch said he was excited about the upcoming tour, as the stripped trio format allows him more harmonic freedom and space to deliver lyrics.

“Moreover, I’m excited about integrating new things into the show, such as tenor sax and live looping,” he said.

Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scene and has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic including a Mercury Music Prize nomination and two Urban Music Awards. In 2007 he won his second Music Of Black Origin ( MOBO) Award, winning Best Jazz Act and fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.

His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B. Kinch’s projects also extend beyond recorded albums, having written the score for Jonzi D’s Hip Hop Theatre production Markus the Sadist (2010), and Sampad’s In The Further Soil (2010), a dance-theatre. Kinch also wrote and acted in the latter piece, which toured throughout India.

Most recently, he has collaborated with the BBC and Drum and Bass producer Goldie to create By Royal Appointment, a three-part prime time reality music show following Goldie, Soweto, Guy Chamber and Ms Dynamite as they discover and coach a group of 12 vulnerable young mentees towards their first live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace.

- Event details -

What: The Legend of Mike Smith tour, Soweto Kinch

When: Thursday 18 October, 7.30pm – 9pm

Admission:  £10 (£8 Concession)

Age Range:  All are welcome

Advanced bookings are advised.

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-Editor’s notes –

About New Art Exchange: Launched in September 2008, New Art Exchange is a contemporary visual arts space with the objective of stimulating new perspectives on the value of diversity within art and society. Recent and forthcoming exhibitors include Zarina Bhimji, Rashid Rana, Christian Marclay, Elizabeth Price (British Art Show 7), Hetain Patel, Zineb Sedira, Leo Asemota, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Raghu Rai and Harminder Singh Judge. The venue is a landmark arts facility that celebrates the region’s cultural richness and diversity, placing contemporary arts practice at the very heart of an international community.


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