Music Monday: Vision Crew – ‘Coming from the Blue side, that’s SE’

Lewisham-based Vision Crew aren't shy about representing the 'blue borough'. The video for their latest release, Forever, was shot at St John's Station, while on their earlier 'Walk the Walk' (built around a haunting piano line) they proclaim that they are 'coming from the blue side, that's SE'.According to Complex magazine (June 2017): 'Meet Vision ...

Music Monday: Kate Tempest

Brockley-born Kate Tempest has been around for a while - first mentioned on Transpontine back in 2008 when she was performing as Excentral Tempest. But in the last year or two she's made a real breakthrough, including winning the Ted Hughes poetry prize last year for her 'Brand New Ancients' epic performance poem.She's got a new ...

Music Monday: London Bridge is Falling Down – Newtrament (1983)

Newtrament's 1983 electro track 'London Bridge is Falling Down' came out after the general election of that year. The track includes a sung refrain from the nursery rhyme and one of the first UK raps. As Paul Gilroy writes in 'There ain't no black in the union jack' (1987): 'His version chronicled police malpractice and ...

Afrika Bambaataa at Bussey Building

From the South Bronx to South London, Afrika Bambaataa is coming to Peckham on Wednesday June 5th, a legendary figure in the development of hip hop and electro. Worth a tenner of anybody's money.Inevitably he's going to be appearing at the Bussey Building (CLF Arts Cafe), which has hosted a number of other music greats ...

You saved our lives, now we’ll save yours

As health secretary Jeremy Hunt ponders whether to commit political hari-kari by approving a high profile closure of essential NHS services at Lewisham Hospital, a last minute musical intervention shows further evidence of how the threat to emergency and maternity services has united so many people with a common purpose to defend free healthcare in ...