After a great 2017, when “Soul Rebels Sessions” reached their 5th birthday, Saturday 3rd February 2018 sees the opening party of the new season at The Wardrobe Leeds. Once again, DJ Lubi presents the next generation of jazz/soul/hip-hop/funk musicians andartists breaking out from Leeds/Yorkshire too the wider UK scene.
This time round, live onstage are a quality new Leeds funk/soul band featuring a great singer plus support from a young Sheffield MC/poet saying something different and positive from the norm. And finally, a headline act who are definitely making noise UK wide this year.
Headliners Tetes De Pois were born 2 years ago at Leeds College Of Music and play jazz with added soul and global beats (Latin/Afro). This firing 7 piece from the Tight Lines collective have worked their butts off on the local scene at until 2017 when they began breaking out from Leeds and gigging across the country, both at gigs and festivals including “A Love Supreme Festival”. A debut EP followed by a single in 2017 sets them up nicely for more releases in 2018. If you caught them warming up for London’s Ezra Collective in November 2017 in Leeds, you know the quality they bring to the party. First time headlining a “Soul Rebels Leeds” session.
Support is Otis Mensah, a young MC/poet from Sheffield whose lyrics are more like the street-poetry and songs of Gil Scott Heron than contemporary hip-hop though he does cite classic hip-hop artists like The Roots, Mos Def and Common as a big influenece. Already supported with radio play by BBC 6 Music jazz/soul/global beats don Gilles Peterson, Otis makes music that challenges the norm and writes lyrics that make you stop, listen and think. Just check his release from late 2017 “Free The Slaves” and you get the story. Though he’s already performed at Glastonbury Festival, this is his first time in Leeds so come and check this young man out. Sometimes music and words need to make you think and not just shake your booty.
On the booty shaking front, opening act Mamilah are a new young old school style funk/soul band from Leeds coming from the ever growing Tight Lines stable, the Leeds music collective/record label that includes Skwid Ink, Tetes De Pois, Necktr and Dulahli. Whereas many of those acts make great wonky jazz and future soul, Mamilah take it back to the old school. Classic funk and soul that references the original kings and queens like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Donnay Hathaway, Minnie Ripperton and Roberta Flack. Featuring lead singer Lydia Kotsirea alongside a booting brass section and kick-ass rhythm section, get down early and get on down to the funk/soul jams of Mamilah.
As always, Soul Rebels DJs Lubi and Chris Welch keep things flowing nicely before, between and after live sets with the right sounds – jazz, soul, hip-hop, Afro, Latin,
reggae, Brazilian beats and funk. Whether you’re a breaker, jazz daddy or a soul sister, they’ll make you smile and shazam their music all night long.
Check out DJ Lubi’s “Soul Rebels” show on KMAH Radio every two weeks on Monday afternoons 2-4pm (www.kmahradio.com). Also Chris’s “Sounds Like This” show every Sunday afternoon 6-8pm on Sheffield Live 93.2fm. Essential old and new jazzy and soulful beats from across the globe.
Doors 8pm. Live music between 8.30 and 11.30pm. DJs to the end.
Tickets £7/£6 students advance from Lunatickets