Naked City Festival 2019

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Naked City is a brand new festival heading to the southeastern reaches of London this summer.

Organised by celebrated promoters Krankbrother, the musically eclectic festival has been created to emulate the creativity and diversity of the UK's capital city, showcasing talent from the worlds of jazz, house, Afrobeat, dub, disco, neo-soul and more.

South London is at the heart of the festival's identity, from its setting in Beckenham Place Park through to the lineup that draws heavily from the vibrant and exciting scene emanating from this corner of the city.

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Featuring

Afriquoi

Featuring a diverse array of hyper-talented musicians from Congo, Gambia, Bostswana and the UK, Afriquoi combine live instruments, electronics and vocal effects to create live African dance music. Drawing on fresh UK sounds (house, UK funky, dubstep, glitch) alongside traditional African melody and harmony, and a healthy smattering of ragga dancehall vocals, Afriquoi create an atmosphere and a sound world that is all their own. Afriquoi fuse live marimba, African guitar, djembe, African vocals, dancehall MCing and crisp, heavy beats, blending dancehall, soca, chimurenga, soukous, house, dubstep and electro in a powerful, uplifting, dance-friendly blend.

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Alexander Nut

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Alexander Nut is one of the most forward thinking DJ's in the U.K, pioneering the newest music via his incredible 'Mixed Nuts' Rinse FM. radio show. He literally emits the best new underground music worldwide.

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Amp Fiddler

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If you love the new wave of US Soul you will have come across native Detroiter Joseph 'Amp' Fiddler's unmistakable Moog manhandling. His list of collaborators amounts to a Who's Who of the East Coast scene. He is the keyboardist of choice for George Clinton's P-Funk Allstars, Dwele Maxwell, Prince, Kenny Dixon and many more. His 2003 debut album 'Waltz of the Ghetto Fly' has already become a modern classic, brimming with an awesome mix of funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop, which translates naturally into a stunning live show.

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Ata Kak

Were you moved by Sugarman’s story? Then get a load of this: In 1994 a certain Yaw Atta-Owusu from Ghana self-published a fascinating album titled Obaa Sima, combining dance and Afro-house with original rap. The record was released in an astounding run of 50 cassettes… and then the trail went cold. In 2002 the American collector Brian Shimkovitz bought a copy during a visit to Africa and was so enthralled with it that he started a now-famous blog (and later a label) devoted to popularizing music from that corner of the world: Awesome Tapes From Africa. Shimkovitz searched for the artist in vain until 2014, when he finally discovered that Yaw Atta-Owusa had been living in Canada, was doing fine, and was ready to head out on tour.

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Blue Lab Beats

With hooks that nod to the late J Dilla and to Robert Glasper, as well as wide ranging influences such as Mad Lib, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Knxwledge, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson and Tribe called Quest, not to mention London’s booming young jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul-steeped underground, jazz hip-hop duo Blue Lab Beats are making serious waves on the London scene. The brainchild of NK-OK and multi-instrumentalist Mr D.M. these guys are the engine room behind many of the freshest new acts - Age Of Luna, Ruby Francis, Louis VI and also remixers for Jodie Abacus, Dua Lipa, and Rag'n'Bone man to name a few. K- OK's production journey started with Grime. He learnt to programme at age 12 against a background of UK Grime - Kano, Ghetts, Wiley, Wretch 32, all played a huge part in his musical upbringing - the Jazz coming later. It's this musical mish mash of Mr DM's music instrument wizardry and NK-OK ‘s bottom end / programming and studio know-how that gives Blue Lab Beats the edge whilst paying full respect to the jazz art form.

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DJ Python

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DJ Spinna

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Versatile, talented and highly experienced DJ and producer from Brooklyn, New York whose multi-dimensional sound ranges from hip-hop, soul and r'n'b through funk, jazz and disco to house and garage.

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Ezra Collective

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Ezra Collective is the award winning London based band born out of Tomorrows Warriors UK organisation for jazz music. The unique blend of young instrumentalists with differing influences means Ezra Collective has a unique sound which is a collection of their inspirations in music. This includes influences ranging from afrobeat, reggae, jazz and hip hop, fused together with a London touch to create the Ezra Collective sound.

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Fatima

Fatima appearing at this event

Fatima Bramma-Sey, better known as simply Fatima, is a Swedish born, London based soul songstress recording on Floating Points’ and Alexander Nut’s Eglo Records. Her ability to improvise and cover a wide range of musical styles was an inspiration to Nut, who quickly became a fan and invited the young Swede into the Eglo fold. Fatima’s musical approach is also deeply tied to her own diverse roots. Growing up in Sweden as the child of a Senagelese/Gambian mom who owned a boutique in Stockholm that traded in African wares, Fatima was exposed to the rich vibrations of West African music from an early age, sparking an interest in the many musical styles that African rhythms have engendered. Now she’s managed to bring all those raw styles together.

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Henry Wu

Henry Wu is a producer whose sound has been championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, LeFtO, Jimpster and Detroit Swindle. Drawing from different ends of the dance music spectrum and refusing to be categorised into any genre, you can expect Wu’s diversity to be a key feature of his DJ sets.

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Kamaal Williams

Kamaal Williams appearing at this event

Kamaal Williams is the latest project by Henry Wu – the leading talent in a new generation of London jazz artists. Championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, DJ Spinna and Benji B, Wu made waves with releases on EGLO and Rhythm Section before masterminding the short-lived, but critically-acclaimed, Yussef Kamaal. In his latest incarnation, Wu has teamed up with Josh McKenzie (aka McKnasty) on drums and Pete Martin on bass – an original member of Courtney Pine’s infamous line-up of the 90s. Together, they filter soulful jazz through the grit of a London skyline, with all the raw, live energy that Wu is loved for.

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Laura Misch

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Saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter Laura Misch’s one-woman show fuses jazz and progressive electronic genres by exploring the space between analogue and electronically-manipulated sound.

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Leifur James

Leifur James is a London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist whose early work was singularly electronic, his later work focuses on analog synths and warm acoustic instruments, all played by his own hand.

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LTJ Bukem

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AKA Danny Williamson, maestro of the progressive sound and drum'n'bass genius, whose work on the Logical Progression series marks him out as a musical visionary. Arguably the prime innovator in the development of jungle from its early status as an offshoot of hardcore techno into the respected, stylistic genre it became by the end of the 1990s, LTJ Bukem gained fame as an auteur in all fields of the drum'n'bass movement.

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Madison McFerrin

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Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Madison McFerrin is described by the New York Times as "show[ing] wonderful vocal dexterity, deftly swerving from sharp, clearly enunciated staccato bursts to fluttery, free-form melismata."

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Moses Boyd Exodus

Brainchild of drummer and composer Moses Boyd, The Exodus explores the ancient relationship between man, the cosmos and time, brought to you in a modern day sound world.

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Neneh Cherry

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The daughter of painter Moki Cherry and West African percussionist Amadu Jah, Neneh was raised by her mother and stepfather Don Cherry, the celebrated jazz trumpeter and global music pioneer. Not surprising that she made her career in music. A member of ska punk band The Nails and briefly all-girl punk outfit The Slits, Neneh made her name as vocalist with funk-punks Rip Rig & Panic. In 1987, she launched her solo career with the single Buffalo Stance, the rest is history. Hit albums and hit singles quickly followed, and further established Neneh as a critically acclaimed singer and songwriter.

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Nubiyan Twist

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Leeds/London based Nubiyan Twist are spreading love with their monumental 12-piece fusion of soul, jazz, dub, hip hop and afrobeat. Infectiously danceable grooves, punchy arrangements, a giant horn sound, upbeat Brazilian raps, turntablism, futuristic textures and dub effects combine with the sultry delivery of lead singer Nubiya Brandon.

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Onra

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Globetrotting French producer Onra (Arnaud Bernard) has staked his claim as one of the most exciting beat-makers of the past few years, thanks to releases like his 'Chinoseries' collections (made from scratch with samples found while traveling Asia) and the acclaimed 'Long Distance' LP. All the while, his electrifying live MPC performances around the world – everywhere from the Red Bull Music Academy in Bucharest and Giles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, to LA’s down-and-dirty bass sanctuary the Low End Theory – add new dimensions to the cosmic grooves Onra puts on tape.

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Tom Ravenscroft

6Music DJ and son of the late great John Peel.

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Yazmin Lacey

Yazmin Lacey appearing at this event

'Yaz is a beautiful soul, a poet and an engineer of the sweetest melodies. Her knack for shaping phrases gives her the subtle genius of a legend in the making. Do not sleep on this girl' Acoustickle

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Also Appearing

Black Jazz Consortium, Donna Leake, Mafalda, Ndagga Rhythm Force

Beckenham Place Park

  • Beckenham Hill Road
  • Bromley
  • London
  • BR3 5BS