Date - 25th October 2017
Venue - A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK
Current album - Song Diasporas (2016)
6th November 2017 - The Vortex, London, UK
Ubiquitous musical treasure & vocal warrior, Cleveland Watkiss on this A World in London!
Click to listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-25th-october-2017/
We caught up with Cleveland between some Sound Spas and his forthcoming date at The Vortex on Nov 6th as part of this year’s London International Arts Festival. Ever-evolving, it’s impossible to confine him to one genre, one era, or one skill, but suffice to say that the man that’s won the best vocalist Parliamentary Jazz Award 2017 is our man in the studio. A MOBO might be on its way too, and not before time. On this show you’ll get some sense of the journeys Cleveland has travelled in rhyme, as a virtuoso vocalist, composer, music educator, and actor. His early days in the 80’s with Lovers Rock queen Carroll Thompson, and The Jazz Warriors, followed by the heady 90’s drum n’ bass scene with Goldie & the Metalheadz crew in Hoxton’s Blue Note. There’s been collaborations with first-gen African greats like Sona Jobarteh, Tunde Jegede, and Kasse Mady too, but the collaborator list is endless and giant-filled. Watch out for his new project Collective X, whose debut album cover has been designed by AWIL resident artist Alban Low. Our first live session with Cleveland on this AWIL left us with a lot of unfinished business, but rest assured that this conversation is to be resumed...
25/10/17 – AWIL at Res 141 Online: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-25th-october-2017/ Production & pics by Sofia Gaetani-Morris, Norman Druker, Sophie Darling & sketches by Alban Low. Also this week a Addictive TV at SOAS Radio. Next week Sheila Chandra at SOAS & Tse Tse Fly Middle East at Resonance! #AWorldinLondon – IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR! Live on Wednesdays 6.30pm Resonance 104.4 www.resonancefm.com & 4pm SOAS Radio mixlr.com/soasradio