Smiley Culture RIP: day 10

A public meeting was organised by David Emmanuel’s family tonight and the video of that event is now available on ustream:   Once again the reports and footage seem to indicate a huge turn out, at least 500 people. I wasn’t able to attend but some friends and allies were, so hopefully they will post …

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Smiley Culture RIP: day 7

Public Meeting Called by The Emmanuel Family 7pm, Thursday 24 March Brixton Town Hall, Brixton Road, London SW2 1RW “The family have asked it to be known that the meeting will start on time and that they will not want a long protracted meeting. They are still in the process of grieving they will want …

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Smiley Culture RIP: Day 4

I make no apologies for the amount of coverage I have given to Smiley Culture this week. Having said that I expect to write a little less next week. In the meantime here are some updates: Official Statement from the Emmanuel family Justice 4 Smiley Facebook page and Twitter feed Cockney Translation An interesting article …

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Smiley Culture press conference

A press conference was called today by the family of the late David Emmanuel aka Smiley Culture. The event took place at the Karibu Education Centre in Brixton. You can see the whole thing on ustream. What follows are my impressions from having attended. The room was packed – I estimate that there were at …

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Smiley Culture, Record Mirror April 6th 1985

DIG YA LATER ROOTS TRANSLATOR USED MOTORS, now there’s a story. Car lots in Ilford, car auctions in Mile End. No MOT, no brake fluid, no questions asked. Worth a drink? I should … or rather Smiley Culture should, pal. ‘Cockney Translation’, that’s his Brixton ‘n’ Bow reconciliation, is also the translation of street sharp …

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Smiley Culture, New Musical Express 2nd Feb 1985

1st OFFENDER NAME: Smiley Culture CHARGE: Dread Bodily Harm SENTENCE: A Spell In The Charts REPORT: Sean O’Hagan MUGSHOT: Bleddyn Butcher NO SOONER has Smiley Culture arrived to greet the NME posse than he is apprehended: the boys in the blue don’t feature this time round. but over-zealous fans mean a long wait whilst our …

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Smiley Culture RIP: day two

Some great new tributes today from: David Rodigan and Dennis Bovell (Guardian) Wrongtom The Wire And a bit more information about Smiley’s last hours. The Sun has conjured up an anonymous “source” who stated: “While the Old Bill were sitting waiting for their cuppa he took a carving knife and stabbed himself right in the …

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David Emmanuel aka Smiley Culture 1963-2011

I was shocked last year to find out that Smiley Culture owned a diamond mine and was also up on charges to supply cocaine. But not as shocked as I was today when I found out that he’d died, in what has to be said are unusual and grisly circumstances. As I said then, he …

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An odd week for Smiley Culture

Out of all the great MCs from Saxon sound in the eighties, none became household names as much as Smiley Culture. Indeed, as I pointed out in my Agit Disco piece, seeing Smiley on Top of the Pops was my first experience of UK MC culture. But whilst the rest of the posse are fairly …

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