Nathan Penlington (born in Rhyl, North Wales), is a poet, writer, live literature producer and magician. His work has appeared on stage, in print and on the radio. Nathan Penlington currently performs at venues and festivals across the UK, Europe and the USA, and has shared stages with performers such as John Cooper Clarke, Ricky Gervais and Phill Jupitus. His performances fuse comedy, storytelling and magic with writing that led Robert Newman to describe him as "a natural performer, witty, inventive...
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is a Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop artist and producer. He first became known to the mainstream hip-hop community in 2005 when he appeared on Kanye West's album Late Registration on the track "Touch the Sky." In 2006 Lupe released his debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor on Atlantic Records, and in December 2007 he released his second full length album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool.
Branford Marsalis (born August 26, 1960, Beaux Bridge, Louisiana) is an American jazz saxophonist. Branford studied with Alvin Batiste at Baton Rouge's Southern University in 1978, completing his studies at Berklee School of Music, between '79 & '81. He began his professional career in the early 1980s playing with Art Blakey's big band (playing baritone), Clark Terry's band, and Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Amiri Baraka is an influential American poet, dramatist and music critic. Known for his outspoken political activism, he may be best remembered for his controversial tenure as Poet Laureate of New Jersey. Important writings include Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note (1961) and Blues People: Negro Music in White America (1963), which remains one of the most influential volumes of jazz criticism. Baraka's website is http://www.amiribaraka.com/.
Edwin Morgan is Scotland's Poet Laureate. He has a few recordings of his poetry around, as well as plenty of written collections.
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band is a band led by Trinidadian poet, novelist and lecturer Anthony Joseph. The band was formed in London in 2005 as an offshoot of his then novel-in-progress The African Origins of UFOs. The band's musical influences include Free Jazz, Afro-Caribbean funk, spoken word, soca, rapso, Calypso, Rock and the hypnotic Spiritual Baptist rhythms that were prominent in Joseph's childhood in Trinidad.
Kooch was originally founded in 1990 by the Iranian guitarist, singer-songwriter Cyrus Khajavi. Having spent the preceding 10 years or so working as a rock guitarist (6 years of which were spent recording and touring with the English rock band Quasar), he decided to bring his experience from the rock world and his love of Iranian poetry and folk music together. Having written the album Baran he invited Farzad Khavand, a classical violinist, who was also interested in the musical possibilities outside his usual field to join him for the recording.
Chance Waters (originally known as Phatchance) is an independent hip-hop artist from Sydney; he creates a unique brand of local hip-hop utilizing emotive and melancholy textures distinct from that of his new wave contemporaries. He has toured the country extensively, both as a headline act and in support of international heavy weights such as Method Man & Redman, DJ Premier and De La Soul, as well as many of Australian hip-hop’s biggest artists, including Bliss N Eso, The Herd, Urthboy, Muph N Plutonic, Drapht, Pez & 360, The Potbelleez and The Funkoars.
Pati Yang is one of Poland's most acclaimed electronic artists who released a critically revered album at 18 years old; a beguiling beauty whose sirenesque tones and joy of experimentation in music and the arts have earned her artistic acclaim, commercial success and stadium tour support for Depeche Mode. Pati was born in Poland but spent the first 6 years of her life on tour with her mother