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Mr.Play is back with 'Whats the Play?'

HE'S BACK: Mr. Play at the IARA Awards

YO YO Yo, I'm baaaaaaccccckkk. Did you miss me? Why can I hear some of you saying "Hellllll naaaaahhh" Lol. Summer is a really busy time for me as a DJ; it involves loads of travelling, festivals, parties and most definitely "turning up".

I lost my voice, twisted my ankle (playing basketball), got to SWAG SURF on stage with We R FLY - basically I had a great time! I've been to Atlanta, Orlando, Barcelona, Croatia and even Cornwall.


Mr. Play with We.R.Fly, creators of Swag Surf

I'll fill you in on my many different adventures throughout this month's "What's The Play".

So parents, school is back in session. Are you happy or sad? Let me know. Before you know it it's half term again *rolls eyes* lol.

I'm not a fan of posting children on social network platforms, but it was nice to see all the holiday posts. Kids are growing up way too fast don't you agree?


Finishing the summer holidays at his daughter's birthday disco

Last week I was invited to the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA) in east London. The IARA's highlight outstanding talents, laudable initiatives and recognise the hard work of those in theatre, music, film/TV and fashion.

I had the pleasure of presenting the "Best New Act 2017" award to the artist: Geovarn - he's been doing his thing on the Underground Rap scene for sometime now, so very well deserved.

With the rise of the spoken word scene globally, brands such as Under Amour, Nationwide and Champions League among others are all jumping on the word wagon. It's really great to see more events popping up around LDN.

ALCHEMY happens monthly in Shoreditch, taking the art of spoken word to fresh heights. A unique blend of live music, poetry and more recently dance, it's the best of its kind.

Young female entrepeneurs DemiMa and JJ Soulx are leading the way. First singers then poets and now initiators of an exclusive underground scene, these African queens keep the energy alive throughout the night, singing with the outstanding band whose playing is consistently dope.

The line up is always exciting, showcasing some of London's most inspiring alchemists; Inua Ellams, Mikel Ameen, Lionheart, Dylema, Sebali, M Artz, Poetikah, Roxxx and Speech Debelle to name a few. ALCHEMY is a night not to be missed!


DemiaMa and JJ Soul

I caught up with DemiMa and JJ Soul for Play's Q&A:

Q: WHAT MADE YOU START ALCHEMY?

A: We initially wanted to jam with a live band at a night that had our vibe. Being Jazz, Soul and Neo-Soul heads, we knew the type of energy we wanted to participate in. Which started our hunt to find it. I studied Event Management at BRIT and JJ was already doing well in the scene. We were very excited to collaborate as females to deliver what we were looking for. We have had similar paths, it was clear that this was the next step for our growth.

Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

A: It genuinely makes us proud as young women to provide an innovative platform for creatives to share their awesome talents and be a part of an empowering and nourishing movement. Also, our band is ridiculous!

Q: WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELVES?

A: Love what you do and do what you love. ;-)

Q: WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF GOING WITH YOUR BRAND IN THREE TO FIVE YEARS TIME?

A: Expanding and championing alchemist globally.

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