” Shows should be an experience. At some point I’ll make you laugh, cry or bop your head.”
From Guru’s Jazzmatazz project to Soweto Kinch, there have been several noble and notable attempts to find common ground between jazz and hip hop. Few, however, have been as successful as those of Houston-born pianist Robert Glasper
The Robert Glasper Experiment features Casey Benjamin on sax, soprano sax, synths and vocals, Derrick Hodge on electric bass and electric guitar, and Mark Colenburg on drum. The list of people he has worked with includes; Bilal (pictured after the Barbican show), Mos Def, The Roots, J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Common, Talib Kweli, Lalah Hathaway, Maxwell and Q-Tip.
On November 19 2011 none other than Masters At Work legend Louie Vega
headlined the DJ bill at Havana Cultura, the latest launch event in
Gilles Peterson’s album series. Louie played a special Nuyorican Soul
set not heard in the UK for many years.
As one of the many inspirations behind creating this book, special images
of Louie Vega & Elements of Life boast a double page spread. We
are so excited to hear a new album is on the way for 2012, along with the high anticipation of a M.A.W return to the UK in June.
Elements of Life featuring Raul Midon, Anane and Josh Milan.
Apr.19, 2010 — GURU — R.I.P.
We lost one of the greatest emcees in hip-hop on Apr.19, 2010. He was a giant, this pic was taken with trumpeter ‘Brownman Ali’ at his last show on UK soil..http://www.flipthescriptbook.com/prints.html
Even at this special intimate show at the 100 Club the energy was flowing just like the Gangstarr days. A revolutionary who transcended musical boundaries, can you imagine what the final Gangstarr album would have sounded like…?
Flip the Script has donated a book to the Stuart Hall Library Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) Rivington Place, London! We are pleased with the feedback: ” I loved the book! The photography captures each subject perfectly, and I really liked the accompanying captions”
The book has also been stocked at Virgin Megastores in Dubai where Infusion magazine were one of the first to review it.
In Oct 2011 Frontlineshop, a company from Hamburg Germany celebrated 25 years of street fashion, music and more in a special anniversary book.
Kingsley was honoured to contribute to this project with original archive photos of A Tribe called Quest along with Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus. The featured ATCQ image was from one of their last shows together in London while touring Midnight Marauders. Competition: We have 10 ATCQ exclusive prints to give away! To win one just click ‘like’ on the FTS facebook page http://www.facebook.com/flipthescriptbook
As the late Eve Arnold described: “If a photographer cares about the
people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the
photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” Much was given
on the evening of the book launch and exhibition at Westminster
Reference Library on May 18 2011.
In light of the book subject matter capturing portraits of single
minded artists in action, the launch would not be complete without a
performance. Jonzi D of ‘Breakin Convention’ (Sadlers Wells, London)
entertained and also provoked thought with spoken word and dynamic
poetry. Kingsley gave a background on the ideas, inspiration and
vision behind Flip the Script and Rosella Black, curator for the
exhibition space, described the special value of libraries despite the
increasing government cuts. A big thanks to the many guests that
attended and helped make the launch that much more special. Check some of Jonzi’s performance on the video diary page http://www.flipthescriptbook.com/video.html
Westminster Reference Library, London UKJonzi DJonzi D performance
COMP ALERT! To mark the launch of the brand new and sparkling Flip the
Script website..there is another signed copy up for grabs. Ms Dynamite
kindly signed a copy at the recent Urban Classic gig with the BBC Symphony
orchestra. To enter simply visit the contact page, sending a message
with Ms D in the subject box with your contact info – simple! http://www.flipthescriptbook.com/contact2.html
Ms Dynamite at Urban Classic March 3 2012 (Barbican London, UK)
Q Tip was in town over the summer of 2011 and we could not miss the chance to give him a copy of the book featuring a pic of him at the Roundhouse in 2009. As soon as the Abstract received it he started flicking through it straight away! To celebrate the Flip the Script book and new website we have a special copy signed by the legend himself up for grabs.
To enter the competition just answer the question: which New York borough does Q-Tip come from?
Enter now with your name and contact info on the contact page. Entries must include ‘Q-tip’ in your subject headline.