Rebel Soul

Saturday 13th October is shaping up to be a very special date in Leeds, musically speaking. The inaugural event of the new, monthly night ‘Rebel Soul’, who’s mission statement includes “giving Leeds and West Yorkshire something a little bit deeper than the standard wedding funk & soul hits soundtrack”, will see not only an eclectic and extremely talented crop of musicians grace the stage at The Wardrobe’s Basement Club, but also the launch of the headliner’s, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, second album on First Word Records, one of the UK’s finest independent labels.

An impressive line-up of underground and up-and-comers from Leeds area really does hammer home exactly how much talent is on our doorstep. Tess Hirst for instance, who emerged from the Leeds College Of Music scene, has at the age of 21 has already recorded with the legendary proto-punks, the New York Dolls as well as fronting her own outfit; Tess Hirst & The Skinny Boys. On the night she will be the special guest of the Stop Motion Trio, comprised of drummer, double bassist and pianist, who love to play wonky-time-signature, improvised jazz with hip-hop beats and a hint of Latin flavour. Watch out for these guys at future Rebel Soul events as they’re set to be regulars. Following on are the indescribably addictive Nubiyan Twist, another band spawned of the LCM set, combining the beautifully soulful vocals of frontwoman Nubiya with the power of a 10 piece ensemble that includes both brass and rythme section, as well as a Scratch DJ. Imagine some mad genius threw Lauren Hill, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Jill Scott and The Pharcyde into a blender… if you don’t like Nubiyan Twist you should have yourself checked.

As was already mentioned, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra are kicking out their new album on the night, bringing the world more of their afrobeat, Lagos funk, jazz and funk. They are legendary live and if you were unlucky enough not to catch them on this summer’s festival circuit, I highly suggest you get your arse down to see them. You will not regret it. First Word boss, Andy Gillani will be in attendance as well to oversee the launch and as his alter-ego DJ Gilla, help out Rebel Soul mastermind DJ Lubi in the Vinyl spinning department.

Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 OTD, a mere snip of a price for the sheer amount of musicianship you will witness and also for getting in there early, on the ground floor of a night that looks set to be one Leed’s coolest and most in-demand regulars. Get your dancing shoes on and get involved!



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