Published on June 29th, 2011 | by Denny Armatrading0
Urban Development’s Re:Definition
2011 Thursday 7th July
Year after year RE:DEFINITION successfully aims to tell the tale of an area that lies at the crossroads where old values meet new ideals. Last summer’s presentation was a genre-blurring live concept album which brought together some of the biggest names in urban music, as part of the Create11.
This year, Urban Development have teamed up with the Barbican and Create11 to present you with a collective of musicians, emcees, vocalists, actors and dancers on July 7th at The Hackney Empire.
“Our mission is to ‘refix, remix and refresh’ urban music.” Urban Development
Headlined by KANO, the night is set to weave together live band performance and adventure on a journey that encompasses love, conflict, tradition and aspirations in east London by using lyrical content from some of Urban Development’s loyal supporters GHETTS, ROXXXAN, DONAE’O, JAY NORTON, SELAH, SCRUFIZZER, MIKE HOUGH, MPHO, TALAY RILEY and LOVELLE HILL. Each artist’s tracks and lyrics will form the story that is RE:Definition.
“Events like this don’t come around often, especially in your home town” says Kano , “so it’s great to be able to celebrate east end music and culture which is where it all began for me. Anyone who’s been to an Urban Development club night will know Re:Definition is gonna be one not to miss.” .
With visuals coming from music video director and producer JAK FRSH, who’s worked with Wiley and Tinie Tempah amongst others, it’s back over to MATTHEW ‘EXCALIBAH’ XIA to direct the show.
“I’ve known about Urban Development for 12 years now and I love the support they give to the industry and up and coming artists as well as established.
Re:Definition is a platform for sharing stories in a musical form which I worked on last year and I’m happy I’m doing again this year. It’s a staged concept album where each song is a story created by artist experience. Last year’s feedback was amazing so this year it’s all about stepping it up…” Matthew “Excalibah’ Xia, Director of Re:Definition
For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Urban Development website
Also check out some behind the scenes action of Re:Defintion.
Part of the CREATE11 Festival
A BARBICAN co-commission
In association with Theatre Royal Stratford East