This week is all about

1. Launch party for new bashment zine No Ice Cream Sound:

Shimmy Shimmy is proud to launch the first issue of its dancehall print zine ‘No Ice Cream Sound’ on the 17th January….here’s a little sneak peak of what’s in there:

Interviews with Mr Lexx, Natalie Storm, Serocee and Wrongtom, features on up to the time and vintage dancehall, an exclusive chart from The Heatwave…and much more!!

To celebrate we’re having a launch party at Passing Clouds on Thursday 13th January with a brilliant line-up:

  • Mr Williamz live p.a. (Necessary Mayhem)
  • Wrongtom (Big Dada)
  • Why Delila (Wifey)
  • Hipsters Don’t Dance DJs
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • & Shimmy Shimmy DJs (plus extra MCs on the night)

Please see the flyer above (it’s also the cover of the zine), and the link to the Facebook event is here. If you require any further info, or you want to be put on the list, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Feel free to blog, share…whatever you feel!

2. Remembering the New Cross Fire 30 Years On

On Sunday January 18, 1981 a devastating house fire killed 13 young black people during a birthday party in New Cross, South East London. The black community accused the London Metropolitan Police of covering up the cause, which they suspected was an arson attack motivated by racism. The protests arising out of the fire led to a mobilization of black political activity, but nobody has ever been charged in relation to the fire.

Kwame Kwei-Armah
hosts this event to mark the 30th Anniversary of the New Cross Fire incorporating music, film, spoken word and discussion to remember the young lives lost and the impact the New Cross Fire has had on the lives of Britons today.

The event hopes to be an inspiring and uplifting remembrance with contributions from Alex Pascall OBE, Professor Gus John, Menelik Shabazz, spoken word from Courttia Newland, El Crisis and Albany Associate Artist Zena Edwards and music from The Queens of Lovers Rock Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay.

The New Cross Fire was also remembered in a number of reggae songs, as documented by Transpontine.