Food for thought: Soweto Kinch, jazz and hip hop artist
Sunday 06 October 2013
Jazz/hip hop artist Soweto Kinch is up for an award at this year’s MOBOs on 19 October and the Soweto Kinch Trio are at the London Jazz Festival next month. His album The Legend of Mike Smith is out now. He tells about his current reading, watching and listening...
Setting off for a gig in London, I stop to watch some of the street music happening in Birmingham as part of the City’s 4 Squares Weekender.
In the morning, I skim sections of Dante’s Inferno, the inspiration for my show The Legend of Mike Smith. In the evening I listen to Earl Sweatshirt’s album Doris. Earl is a new rapper with the LA-based Odd Future collective – he’s only 19 and a lyrical wunderkind.
In the evening I watch the final episode of the last season of Dexter – the cliff-hanger endings annoy me, but I fall for them every time.
I visit the stunning new Library of Birmingham. At the door, people are queuing in their hundreds.
On my way to rehearsals, I listen to Bach’s St John Passion – perfect music for the car.
In the evening, I settle in at home to watch a fascinating documentary on the Sugarhill Gang.
Off to the opening of a new performance space, The Back Yard in Handsworth, set up by my dad to host poetry, theatre and music.
TVJamie's Sugar Rush reveal's campaigning chef's new foe
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
First Look at Bryan Cranston transformed into LBJ for HBO’s ‘All the Way’ film
The real reason Eddie Redmayne was cast as a trans woman in The Danish Girl
Star Wars: New action dolls launched on Force Friday ahead of The Force Awakens release
Ricki And The Flash, film review: Meryl Streep's rock'n'roll creation steals the show
Photographer captures the beauty and intensity of his girlfriend giving birth at home
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up