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The singer, one of the most well-known and well-connected black Christian millennials in Britain, is on to a new thing
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Marcia Dixon

SETH PINNOCK, one of the most well-known and well-connected black Christian millennials in Britain, is gearing up for the release of his second album, A New Thing Live, later this month.

Recorded live at Birmingham Christian Centre in 2017 in front of 1,000 people the album has 17 songs performed by some of the UK’s leading vocalists including UK gospel legend Nicky Brown, Israel J Allen and worship artist Lucy Grimble.

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Unique exhibition focuses on the popular culture of the African nation during its hardest times
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Joel Campbell

SOAS MUSIC is hosting an exhibition next month which chronicles the intimate stories, songs and experiences of those who shaped Namibian popular culture during some of the most repressive years of apartheid rule.

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Stolen Moments–Namibian Music History Untold (1950-80s), is curated by Namibian and German scholars, film-makers and photographers.

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The music legend says his new record has a ‘mixtape vibe’
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Joel Campbell

HE’S A music legend , a soundman, a DJ and all-round UK pioneer, but by his own admission, Shy FX wasn’t ready for this interview to promote his latest offering of work Raggamuffin SoundTape.

Primed for the usual questions journalists ask when probing an artist about the creative process of pulling their latest project together, the north London-born artist was a tad thrown when asked if this body of work was a skeletal representation of who Shy FX is, and if so, how much of it has he exposed to his fans?

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The Voice by Alannah Francis - 8h ago
Prostate cancer is a deadly condition that hits black men more than white, but it may not come with symptoms at first – that’s why one former sufferer is leading a call to get tested

A CONCERNED grandfather is begging black men to get their prostate checked – after he developed cancer despite having no symptoms whatsoever.

According to NHS England, men of African Caribbean or African descent are two to three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than their white counterparts. The death rate is also twice as high, while black men are more likely to develop prostate cancer at a younger age.

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One man who’s fought and beaten prostate cancer, Crosby Enninful, is sharing his story in the hope it will convince others to seek help.

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Get a taste of the Caribbean at Jamaya

SOLIHULL’S ICONIC Touchwood Shopping Centre now has its first authentic Caribbean eatery in Jamaya, the newly-opened restaurant that provides food that is uniquely Jamaican with the ambience that succeeds in mimicking the feel of eating on the sun-drenched island itself.

In sync with its hashtag #eatwithlove, which adorns its promotional material, the food is lovingly prepared and served by its staff team of 12, which is led by a Jamaican head chef.

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Knowledge of our history provides black children with role models

IT HAS often been said that the power of a people lies in their understanding of who they are and their ability to pass this knowledge down to their young.

In other words, your history is your network of roots that plant you firmly on your foundation, so that you can stand strong and tall, with your head held high.

No one can knock you off such a foundation. Without knowledge of history, the world, for a young child, is a very small place.

Knowledge of black history provides our young people with wonderful role models who persevered in some of the most difficult situations.

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The Voice by Alannah Francis - 14h ago
Debbie Ransome looks back at the life of former Jamaican prime minister, the man who defined his country’s music then revolutionised its politics, who died aged 89 last month
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Debbie Ransome

FORMER JAMAICAN Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who died on May 28 – his 89th birthday – shaped the progress of his country as pioneering music producer and then as political leader.

Caribbean Community SecretaryGeneral Ambassador Irwin LaRocque described him as a “towering figure” for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, while current Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness called him ‘Pappa Eddie’ and had flown to his Miami bedside a week before his death.

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The Voice by Alannah Francis - 15h ago
London-based writing collective unveils anthology book which reveals stories of African women and their contributions to the First World War, combining research with creativity to bring these unheard tales to life for a modern audience. Darell J Phil
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Darell J Philip

100 Years Unheard: WW1 and the Afrikan Diasporan Woman is the first anthology to be published by the Afrikan Heritage Writers.

The collection, which remembers the contribution of those from African and Caribbean descent to the First World War, gives voice, through poetry and prose, to those often unheard.

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Local social enterprise Tales of a City Tours are running a series of monthly walking tours around Leeds city centre
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Abigail Reid

LEEDS RESIDENTS are invited to celebrate the city’s diversity as they hear stories of culture and countries from around the world.

In collaboration with Leeds City Museum, local social enterprise Tales of a City Tours are running a series of monthly walking tours around Leeds city centre, led by tour guides with a refugee background.

Guides will ask participants to walk a mile in their shoes as they take them on a journey around Leeds city centre, sharing their own personal experiences of being a newcomer to the city they now call home.

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Turn It Up: On Paradoxes opens at the Horniman Museum and Gardens on July 6 and is free to visit

A VIBRANT new photographic exhibition at the Horniman Museum and Gardens features traditional Nigerian weddings and a contagious spirit of celebration.

Nigerian photographer Jide Odukoya’s series Turn It Up: On Paradoxes shows Nigeria abuzz through some of the world’s most opulent ceremonies – ‘turn it up’ is Lagosian vernacular for lavish fun.

Odukoya’s presentation of extravagance, indulgence and global consumerism deploys a critical lens to highlight the extremities of wealth in Africa’s richest nation as a demand for the recognition of underlying inequality.

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