Cultured Sounds second event brought warmth to a cold October evening in Kings Cross, with a night of African-influenced music in celebration of Black History Month. A receptive and interactive crowd witnessed a typically eclectic lineup of musicians at the event, entitled Upendo Muziki ‘Love Music’.

The inclusive and intimate vibes from the last event continued here, as DJ Suraj opened the evening with a relaxed journey through a selection of Kwaito-house. The skill of the DJ was clear, as guests mingled and nodded heads. DJ Snuff was next on, transferring energy to the crowd with his special selection of Afrikan breaks. The veteran had the dance floor buzzing as he unleashed a string of superb tunes, managing to keep it raw and smooth – all at the same time!

The audience was primed for Raggo Zulu Rebel to deliver a powerful and interactive set, at times dropping the beat to speak directly to the crowd. His inimitable style and wise words were felt by everyone in attendance, before the SOAS West African Drumming Society set themselves up for an exclusive acoustic performance. It provided an interesting spectacle, with 6 drummers on stage all giving a lot of energy to the room. As the set increased in pace and intensity, the newly-formed group grew into the performance, and had the crowd wanting more by the end.

The event was closed out by Positive Vibes Crew – two DJ/Vocalists who switch seamlessly between the decks and mic to create an uplifting and highly danceable sound. The duo performed a range of tunes and styles, blending Hip-Hop and Reggae with conscious lyrics and no shortage of swagger.  It was great to see lots of people who came to the first event, return for the second. Cultured Sounds is about community and friendship, as well as music, so a big thank you to everyone who’s got involved so far.


Photography by Aimee Valinski

Photography by Aimee Valinski