Open the Gate, a cultural organisation whose objective is to promote a positive and contemporary image of African & Diaspora arts, crafts, music, design and culture ; offering accessible cultural programs across the communities,  and Brazenbunch, a non-profit Arts Collective producing innovative creative initiatives which benefit those that are marginalised, discriminated against or at a disadvantage, are getting ready for another exciting event in the shape of Uprise Live! on Friday 10 August – fundraiser for UpRise Anti-racism festival.

UpRise is a pro-equality and anti-discrimination movement which brings the community together using the arts and good old fashioned conversation. We believe change can only happen with open and honest dialogue, discussing the problems that affect us all, and working together on solutions.

On the night hosted by Alim Kamara, the audience will be entertained by Lyric L, Cynikal,  Imaani, Abdul Shyllon and Kevin Mark Trail while the DJs for the night will be Fenomeno Show and Claire Zak.


One of the UK’s leading female emcees, Lyric L has featured, recorded and toured with a range of talented musicians and producers including MJ Cole, Nathan Haines, Mark De Clive Lowe & Bugz In The Attic. Lyric L’s newly released album ‘Amazed’ flows seamlessly between Hip Hop, Jazz, Afro and Broken Beat and Soulful House.


British Asian Hip-Hop artist and producer Cynikal has a lyrical flow that has gotten him support from UK tastemakers such as DJ Semtex and Ras Kwame and on the playlists of major radio stations such as BBC Radio

1Xtra, BBC Asian Network, Kiss FM and Choice FM.


Imaani is a highly-acclaimed singer and, aside from her solo work, is the celebrated lead voice for Jazz funk band Incognito and House Music production unit Copyright. She has performed alongside such luminaries as Betty Wright, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley and Chaka Khan and regularly tours the world.


Singer-songwriter Abdul Shyllon has a distinctive vocal style which reminds us of legendary artists like Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke. Abdul brings a fresh, eclectic approach to his songwriting, using his own experiences to create arresting, instinctive and infectious and eclectic compositions.


Kevin draws his musical influences from hip hop, classical, jazz, world music and reggae. He has recorded and toured as part of The Streets collective founded by Mike Skinner and collaborated with Nitin Sawney on his sensational hit album Human.


NAME : UPRISE LIVE! fundraiser for UPRISE Anti-Racism Festival

DATE : Friday 10th August 2012

TIME : Showtime 9pm / Doors 8pm – 12midnight

VENUE : HACKNEY ATTIC at Hackney Picture House,

270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE

TICKETS : £7 / £6 w. £1 CREW BADGE






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