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Performing Trinidad in Butetown: Carnival, Community and Belonging – Dr Adeola Dewis – MLANG Guest Lecture 30.03.17

Dr Adeola Dewis is a Visual Artist and Researcher. Originally from Trinidad, Adeola completed PhD research at Cardiff University. Her current research is focussed on Trinidad Carnival performance and the translation of its self-empowering effects for art making and art presentation within the UK. This presentation engages her research into the Trinidad Carnival performance and its various crossings – including the crossing and translation of this performance in a Cardiff space. Having worked extensively with Trinidadian artists myself ( Tricia Lee Kelshall and Jointpop ) I am aware of  the critical importance of carnival to Trinidad. I always attend St Pauls Carnival in Bristol which is one of the biggest Afro-Caribbean events in the UK. I was keen to learn more about the Butetown Carnival and also felt that Adeola’s presentation would compliment my current focus on Haitian Kanaval in the ‘Imaging The Islands‘ Francophone Caribbean course that is part of my undergraduate Translation (BA) degree at Cardiff University. [Wez G]   Adeola began her talk by focussing on her native land. Trinidad has a world-renowned Carnival which is regarded highly as one of the best in the world. Her upbringing in this Carnival culture therefore places her as an ‘expert’. Trinidad was first colonised by the Spanish in 1498 yet it was the French planters that really brought Carnival to the island in 1783. The French never officially ruled Trinidad, although they were de-facto rulers, culturally and socially due to the large Francophone population there that governed the plantations and brought many of the enslaved Africans to work the cane-fields. There were Spanish laws and Trinidad was a Spanish colony for 300 years until handed over to Britain in 1797… Adeola brought forward the idea of a ‘collective individual body memory’, part of the essence of Carnival, and this dates back to the plantation culture. Performance undeniably has its roots in West Africa, and manifests in Carnival through Masquerade and Ritual. In Trinidad there was much difference between the different African languages, cultures and customs. This was added to the European values and cultural differences, later followed by the cultural input of Chinese and Indian indentured workers who migrated to the island, adding to the creolisation of Trinidadian culture. Mentioning some theoreticians of Theatre performance in the West Indies, Adeola spoke of how the Plantation, Maroons and Carnival were all inextricably linked. There is RECALL, RESISTANCE, REMAKING and RESTITUTION….

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Shuffle Artist Management

Just launched the brand new Shuffle Artist Management website Shuffle Artist Management is an international music management agency with five artists on its current roster: Tricia Lee Kelshall, jointpop, Toris Badic, Uusikartano and Wez G See more at  http://shuffleartistmanagement.com

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Shuffle Artist Management expands its roster

Shuffle Artist Management has expanded its roster of artists. In addition to managing Wez G, Houston-based dance vocalist, Tricia Lee Kelshall and Trinidadian rock n’ rollers jointpop, have been on the books for a while. We are now pleased to welcome aboard a pair of talented up and coming producers from the Balkans. Uusikartano is a tech house / techno DJ/Producer from Kumrovec in Croatia, currently signed to Be-Nice Records, Los Angeles, USA. Toris Badic is a techno DJ/Producer from Belgrade in Serbia, regularly releasing on multiple European labels. I think that this pair will be great to work with and offer a slightly different range of genres to what we currently have available. Websites etc are in the process of being built and the whole Shuffle Artist Management shopfront will also be getting a new look refurb… In the meanwhile you can check the sounds of Uusikartano and Toris Badic on their soundcloud accounts. http://soundcloud.com/uusikartano

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Bringing Down The House

A journey through house, from disco and deep through to upfront prog and breakbeat. This is a mix I was excited to do as I managed to fit in three of my own productions (a bootleg, a remix and an original), also a song by Tricia Lee Kelshall, the vocalist I manage. The mixing is back to normal two decks as I feel that sometimes you lose the flavour of a set by overcomplicating things. Turn up your speakers and Bring Down The House! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Beth Ditto – Open Heart Surgery (Original Mix) [Deconstruction] 2. Ned Rise – Machination (Original Mix) [FLASH] 3. Bassfort – Last Night (Original Mix) [Freerange Records] 4. Spada – The Match (Florian Meindl Edit) [FLASH] 5. Deep Conversations – Eliminate Fear (Wez G Scream Remix) [Be-Nice Records USA] 6. Jet Project – U Know (Original Mix) [Snatch! Records] 7. Hector Couto – Feelings (Danny Serrano Remix) [Monique Musique] 8. DJ Wady & Danny Leblack – Back To Disco (Original Mix) [Bedroom Muzik] 9. Jose Del Valle – Garoé (Ramon Forces Remix) [Muzak Records] 10. Wez G – Damaging Dancefloor (Original Mix) [Shuffle Records] 11. EDX – Embrace (Original Club Mix) [Toolroom Records] 12. EDX – Shy Shy (Avicii Remix) [PinkStar Records] 13. Kris Menace – Triangle (Original Mix) [Size Records] 14. Halbro – Prizma (Khomha’s Sunrise Mix) [PinkStar Records] 15. Noise Tribe feat. Nuno Flores – The Sky (Violino Mix) [White] 16. Afrojack vs Way Out West feat. Tricia Lee Kelshall – Replica Of Mindcircus (Dave Dresden Mashup) [White] 17. Wez G – Bomb The Caboose Bootleg [Shuffle Records] Wez G – Bringing Down the House by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Island Hop

A few years ago I went Island hopping in the South Pacific… It’s great fun, a perfect paradise… This soundtrack is ideal for lazing away on a yacht, checking into the beaches, diving in coral reefs and catching a bit of surf… OK – It is winter, but in the South Pacific it’s always hot and Snow White Winter Chill (my previous chillout mix) was received well so I thought it about time to treat you to some more mellow vibes… There are sounds across the board with Bristol represented by Portishead, Thievery Corporation and Röyksopp among the big guns, and a Chris Rea bootie chucked in also… It hops from a calm 90bpm up to a full flow 132bpm, towards the end. It’s a perfect soundtrack to the start of your weekend as you prepare to go out somewhere nice. Tropical Island bliss with Wez G… Keep Hopping! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. DJ Pippi – On This Island (Original Mix) [Extremely House Music] 2. High Low – Midnight Sun [Lovely Mood] 3. Lux – One Hundred Billion Stars [Hed Kandi Records] 4. Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde [4AD] 5. Portishead – Sour Times [London Records] 6. Krystian Shek – Hentai Bus [UTC] 7. Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle [Lucky Number] 8. Chris Rea – Josephine (Chris Coco Edit) [White] 9. Ost & Kjex – Have You Seen The Moon In Dallas? (Maurice Fulton Remix) [ITH (Defected In The House)] 10. Electribe 101 – Talking With Myself ’98 [Manifesto] 11. Alejandro De Pinedo – Capricorn [Cafe Del Mar Music] 12. Groupo Do Brasil – Beach Of Love (Lounge Cafe Del Mar Version) [Audio Lotion Recordings] 13. Mystic Diversions – Calling My Mermaid [React] 14. Thievery Corporation – The Heart’s A Lonely Hunter (featuring David Byrne) [Esl Music] 15. Röyksopp – In Space [White] 16. Trafik & Tricia Lee Kelshall – The DIfference (Orchestral Reprise) [Global Underground] 17. Chicane – Offshore (Ambient Mix) [DanceNet] 18. Al-Pha-X – Mi Corazon [Bar De Lune] 19. Late Night Alumni – Beautiful [Cassagrande] 20. UNKLE – In A State (Sasha Mix) [Global Underground] Wez G – Island Hop by Wezg on Mixcloud

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