review of the Deptford fast chat event to follow at some point…

Thursday 26th October – BASH


After last month’s dancehall demolition c/o Tippa Irie, Trevor Sax and Warrior Queen, BASH returns with a suitably bass heavy album launch for the Kode 9 & Space Ape album ‘Memories of the Future’.

The deadly dub duo will be bombarding BASH with album tracks and a whole lotta new material. Also Roots Manuva’s inspiration and sidekick Ricky Ranking will team up with one man renaissance man Roger Robinson(Altered Vibes, Attica Blues, Anti Pop Consortium) to host The Bug’s set, whilst special guest mcs will most likely add to the spice to.

Co-club presenter Loefah will be gettin rude on the decks too, as he celebrates new releases on Tectonic and a remix of The Bug for Ninja Tune…Come get bashed.
Thursday 26th October(And the last Thursday of every month)

At Plastic People.
(Presented by The Bug & Loefah)
147-149 Curtain Rd., London. EC2

Policy :
Bashment, Dub, Ragga, Rockers, Roots, Dubstep, Lovers, Hip Hop…


Friday 27th October – Jah Youth benefit for Spirit (Broadway Market)

Benefit Gig for Spirit at Chat’s Palace Fri 27th October – Advance Tickets Available NOW

Save the Spirit of Broadway Market presents:
Reggae by Jah Youth Roots Ambassador & Guest Sounds,
West Indian Food by Jah Spirit.

Proceeds will help to keep Spirit in Broadway Market E8 and prevent his eviction from the shop and home he built from scratch before Hackney Council sold him out to developers.

For more info about Spirit and the campaign against council sell offs and evictions in Broadway Market, check out the News section of this site:…wakka/HomePage

Friday 27th October 2006 8pm – 1am

Chat’s Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, E9

£5 advance,

* Advance tickets available from Spirit’s shop, 71 Broadway Market, E8 *

A personal appeal from Spirit:

In 1993 I realised I could no longer operate on the streets serving
food to blues dances and on street corners where the black community would gather.

A lot of laws were changing regarding street trading so promptly I took the opportunity to find a base where I could lawfully operate a full business. 71 Broadway Market became known to me as available to let. Although it was a totally derelict building I thought it was worth the sacrifice to put it into good use and because of my financial
status I was unable to actually take on any other property.

It took me six years from 1993 to renovate this property. Hackney
Council gave me a 10 year lease dating from 1995 to 2005. After renovating the property, comprising of a 1 bedroom flat with a shop on the ground floor, I began trading in 2000 selling fresh vegetables and fish and Tropical food.

But in 2001 the Council decided to sell off the property. I was
notified one month prior to the date of sale, without proper directives of who to contact to purchase the property. Eventually I was advised by residents in the community how to purchase the place myself. I was told to contact Nelson Bakewell who were the estate agents acting on behalf of Hackney Council. I was told that I could attend their offices on the 13th of December and submit my deposit of 10% of the cost of the property – £100,000.

On the said morning I attended their offices, signed a document and
handed over my cheque of £10,000 with the sole belief that I had secured the purchase of my property. I left the offices and went to the auction rooms to observe the auction. Surprisingly my home was offered again and sold for £85,000! I was ejected from the auction rooms because I tried to raise objections to this. Six days later my cheque was returned without any explanation.

I began writing numerous letters to the different departments of the
Council to try and find out who my new landlords actually were – but
couldn’t find out.

But a year and a half later, the landlord’s agent decided to start harassing me with Bailiffs and a large backdated increase in rent – up by 710%. Because I wasn’t sure who I was supposed to be paying the rent to and the increase was so high I was withholding the rent – you can’t give money to people you don’t know and it was too much money.

The case has been to court and the landlord has claimed that I owe him £30,000. The court decided that this money has to be paid to the new landlord otherwise I would be evicted. I have now no choice but to pay back some of this arrears in rent which I’ve contested all along as unfair.

The court case is continuing however. I have legal advisors and I still have hope that the courts will decide that I am the legal owner of 71 Broadway Market. In the meantime I am making the best of efforts to
pay off the arrears with the help of a fund raising campaign from the
local community who have been very sympathetic to my quest for Justice in acquiring back my property from unscrupulous developers and the mismanaging Hackney Council.

The next hearing takes place on the 6th December. I am still contesting the ownership of the property with increasing legal support. Meanwhile I am able so far to raise extra funds to meet my payments by occasionally having parties and also selling T-Shirts.

I would like to invite one and all who acknowledge my taste for good
food from the late 70s until now to come along to my shop at 71 Broadway Market E8, The Nutritious Food Galley. And also, for those who remember me as a good party host, my next party with my friends and supporters Jah Youth Roots Ambassador will take place at Chats Palace on Friday 27th October from 8pm-1am so please come early!


  1. hey neil – the event was at the Albany – organised by the artist formerly known as Leslie Lyrics, who now has a PhD and has done a book about fast chat stuff which I hope to get soon and can lend you.

    preview blurb here:

    Martin reviewed it in the end and put up some pics off his mobile:

    They reckoned there would be similar events in 2007, so I will keep you posted – I never know how much you are into these things but on reflection it was rude of me to show up in your manor without fair warning 😉

    happy new year and all that stuff…

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