Articles: Huffington Post UK

Huffington Post UK

I’m always looking to push myself and get my words out there in as many mediums and outlets as possible, whether it be my poetry, films or articles. I regularly read the articles that go on the Huffington Post UK website especially in the Culture section. It was a dream to want to have one of my articles published on their site. This dream happened in January 2012 when I was afforded that opportunity. I got to say thanks to my multi-talented friend Dean Atta for encouraging me to go out and chase this dream.

I was deeply saddened by the death of Etta James and the death of other musical legends and it led me into thinking about music, the loss of loved ones and death. The first article I wrote for Huffington Post UK talked about these various topics.

APPRECIATE THE LIVING BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
“We’re already coming to the end of the first month in 2012, but Death has still found time to rear its ugly head. It has taken the lives of American Funk/R&B saxophonist Jimmy Castor, American R&B singer/songwriter Johnny Otis and American Blues/R&B vocalist Etta James to mention a few. And although any loss is sad as these people are leaving behind families, friends and loved ones, it does make me ponder if we truly appreciate the people in our lives before they depart from this world. Like Joni Mitchell said in Big Yellow Taxi –“You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone”.”
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SINGLE REVIEW: BENIN CITY – ACCELERATE
“One of the definitions of the word “Accelerate” is to increase in extent or amount. This vibrant raucous second single from the 4-piece band Benin City does just that with a massive cherry on top! Named after the Nigerian state capital, this London-based band consists of the members: Theo Buckingham (drums), Faye Treacy (Trombone/BVs), Tom Leaper (Tenor Saxophone/Samples/Synths) and Joshua Idehen (Vocals).”
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SINGLE REVIEW: MAZE HILL – LONG HAUL
“When it comes to promising new bands, eclectic musical vibes, and well-thought out lyrics – it seems that the unbelievably creative mind of Joshua Idehen knows no end. Joshua himself is a spoken word poet, founder of poetry and music website Poejazzi, founder of the highly acclaimed poetry collective A Poem Inbetween People and leader of Afro-Funk/Punk band Benin City. And if you thought that was enough to take up his time, he’s only gone and joined another band!”
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EP REVIEW: AUTISTIC PIECES – AUTISTIC PIECES EP
“When it comes to poetry and music combining together, it either turns out to be a great exploration resulting in a beautiful sound or just something you wish hadn’t been done or even talked about. This EP is all about the former and not the latter! Autistic Pieces is a collaboration project between gifted and talented musician/singer-songwriter Alex Patten and one of UK’s most creative spoken word poets, Raymond Antrobus.”
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SINGLE REVIEW: ESTHER SPARKS & THE WHISKEY REMEDY – BACK TO LIFE
“In recent years, the genre of folk music has indeed had a revival of interest in its revered veterans as well as its newest stars. 2012 saw gigs and tribute events focused on a cacophony of acts like Sandy Denny, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Kate Rusby, Sam Lee, and Laura Marling to name a few. And with the New Year of 2013 comes an abundant amount of new music peeking through to win our hearts. But through that hefty pile came one happy, uplifting folk song that steamrolled its way through to my attention. This song was called Back to Life by new US-based folk group Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy.”
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ALBUM REVIEW: FIRES IN THE PARK BY BENIN CITY
“When it comes to genre-bending music and the all-round experience of a musical rollercoaster, no album is truer to sticking to this notion than Fires In The Park by Benin City. Having talked about Benin City’s previous single Accelerate, vibrancy, energy and eclectism are part and parcel of what this group brings to every song they do. This album is no exception packing a real punch of impact with tune after tune.”
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SPOKEN WORD VIDEO REVIEW: GREEdS – THIS MORNING
“With such performers like Dean Atta (with his powerful poem ‘I Am Nobody’s N****r’ , pondering on the use of the N-Word in society), George the Poet (first poet on BBC2’s Later With Jools Holland music show and on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Live Lounge), and Suli Breaks (very popular with his inspiring intellectual viral poetry videos) – poetry is forging its own dynamic path opening doors and creating opportunities for the new generation of poets to make even bigger moves and push the genre even further forward.”
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DON’T BE AFRAID OF CHANGE: DON’T FIX IT IF IT’S NOT BROKEN!
The regular saying of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the result of so much stagnation in progression and development. It’s never been about trying to fix something, but about making it better and more efficient.  We have various types of medium to inform and educate us. Things like television, mobile devices (laptops, smartphones etc), radio, watches and our wallets occupy our minds in such a draining way. However, enough is never enough and there is always someone who thinks “No, this is not enough – we need more”. We have all of these features and aspects efficiently wrapped up in one place, in a smartphone. The smartphone is now used by billions all over the world.
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#ONELOVE: HOMOSEXUALITY ISN’T BAD
“Homosexuality itself is fighting a lot of battles with religion, law, marriage and human rights. It has been the subject for people in the military being allowed to serve their country and be openly gay. They have had to lie and keep their sexuality hidden from others. There are people wanting to be in a gay marriage and/or marry in church. There are people being killed via the death penalty in certain strict countries for being gay and displaying same-sex affection. It has become the regular victim of anti-gay groups; hate crimes, prejudice and discrimination from all sides, especially religion.”
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