Thursday, April 29, 2010

Resonance FM Fundraiser Weekend

Resonance FM has been on air for 8 years and to celebrate and ensure another 5 years of outstanding broadcasting they are having a fundraising marathon this weekend.

Sat 1st May 12noon-12midnight: Johnny Trunk hosts
Sun 2nd May 12noon-12midnight: Bob & Roberta Smith hosts

Special guests will drop by and some marvellous items are up for auction, check out the Resonance site:

Or you can always donate right now!

Please help to support Resonance who work tirelessly to provide interesting, intelligent and exciting new radio programmes for London and beyond. All presenters and engineers work voluntarily to provide you the listener with something other, something a little different, something advert free and good for your soul!

Thank you.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Clive Chin

Last week I had the honour and the privilege of interviewing the legendary Chinese Jamaican Reggae producer Mr Clive Chin.

Clive is the son of Vincent Chin (whose Chinese father moved from mainland China to the West Indies in the 1920s). Vincent Chin opened the the music store and then recording studio Randy's in Kingston Jamaica way back in 1957. Artists to record on the Randy's label included Alton Ellis, John Holt and Lord Creator.

Clive Chin began working at the store and studio aged 15 and in the 1970s began to produce tracks of his own, starting up the Impact! record label. His first big record as a producer was with his school friend Augustus Pablo (aka Horace Swaby, the melodica playing dub legend!)- Java.

I talked with Clive about the influence of Chinese music in Reggae and he mentioned some tracks he produced with an Eastern flavour. One of which is this superb Tommy McCook number Harvest in the East which was the instrumental B side to Dennis Brown's The Cheater:

This track can be found on the compilation LP Impact! .

Clive took a break from music production when he left Jamaica in 1978. He moved to New York and had a Jamaican restaurant there for ten years or so. Now he is very much back in the music business and manages the Randy's back catalogue along with Impact! and some other selected labels. And what a catalogue of music, in 2007 Randy's celebrated 50 years and brought out the box set 2 CD anthology with documentary DVD:

I talked at length with Clive about his Chinese Jamaican roots, other notable Chinese Jamaicans in the music business and his historical knowledge of Jamaican music. I have recorded the interview for a future radio project which I hope to tell you about very soon.

In the meantime check out Clive Chin's Myspace page and listen to the FRESH NEW CHINESE REGGAE TUNE FEAT SHANGHAI's CHA CHA!!!! As you can tell I am very excited about this, Clive is pressing 500 10" vinyl copies of this tune which is a combination track with Cha Cha (singing in Mandarin) and veteran DJ Rankin Joe. When the discs are ready I will be sure to let you all know where you can get you hands on them (I'm first in the queue though, obviously!).

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Podcast & Playlist Lucky Cat Series 4 Episode 12 - Terracotta Film Festival

For the last episode in the series I am joined by Joey from Terracotta Film distribution to discuss the upcoming Far East Film Festival (6-9th May, Prince Charles Cinema London).

  • She Does it to Me Right - Jimmy Cliff (produced by Leslie Kong, B side to Vietnam 7")
  • Jackie Chan - The Toasters (from the CD Don't let the Bastards Grind You Down)
  • The Ussuri Boatmen's Song - Kuo Sung, a Ho-chih nationality folk song (1964 LP Peking in Melody, China Record Company)
  • Hong Thong Daw Udon: Isan - (Siamese Soul: Thai Pop Spectacular vol 2, Sublime Frequencies CD)
  • Buttercup (I'm a Supergirl) - Shonen Knife (Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains CD)
  • I Love Boh Boh Cha Cha - The Stylers feat Johnny Teo (7" EP of same name)
  • Footsteps - Hong Kong in the 60's (Last Skeptik Remix)

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  • Thursday, April 08, 2010

    Terracotta Film Festival

    On tonight's Lucky Cat radio show, I'll be joined live in the studio by Joey from Terracotta Distribution about the upcoming Terracotta Far East Film Festival.

    This unique film festival features 15 hand-picked films from Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. Block busters such as the Jackie Chan film Little Big Soldier will be screened alongside lesser known nuggets such as the Korean musical comedy Antique.
    I'm really looking forward to the epic Teddy Chan directed film Bodyguards and Assassins and am delighted to see there is also a documentary on the making of this film Development Hell (guess the title says it all!).

    There's also a documentary on East Asian cinematographer of choice Christopher Doyle which is part of a double bill with another documentary by the same director, Yves Montmayeur , Yakuza Eiga (the history of yakuza cinema).

    All this and a Johnny To film starring Lucky Cat favourite Anthony Wong Chau San and French national singing treasure Johnny Hallyday - Vengeance!

    Last Episode of Lucky Cat Series 4 Tonight!

    Tonight the fourth series of Lucky Cat draws to a close - cue the violins (or should that be erhus?)! I have thoroughly enjoyed making this series and have had some great guests - Hong Kong in the 60's, Mira Stout, Alex Fitch and Jo Ho. Still there are many topics I didn't get round to covering - The 7 Princesses of Cantonese Cinema, readings from Wuxia novels, the image of Shanghai in Western cinema, interviewing Anna Chen (had to postpone dues to illness), the world of Doraemon & Hello Kitty - Japanese characters of cuteness. Hopefully I can include all these in series 5, watch this space.

    In the meantime enjoy tonight's show, I'll be chatting to Joey from Terracotta Distribution about the upcoming Terracotta Far East Film Festival (see next post).

    7pm Resonance 104.4FM

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    Thanks for listening and thanks for all your interest and support I really appreciate it.

    Friday, April 02, 2010

    Lucky Cat Club - Fri 30th April @Arts Bar

    To celebrate series 4 of the radio show Lucky Cat (last episode next Thursday 8th April) I'm having a party. I've invited special guest Jean-Paul Séculaire (Right On! club and author of the London Dossier) to do a DJ set. I'll be playing too of course, vintage sounds from Shanghai to New York - from Yao Lee to Brenda Lee! Chef Malcolm will be running an East Asian bakes n' cakes stall and I'll be screening Shaw Brothers films on the walls of the lovely Arts Bar.

    Arts Bar is tucked away above the Funky Monkey in Camberwell, a great bar with plenty of room to dance as well as sofas to lounge on.

    So get your cheongsams drycleaned now!

    Thursday, April 01, 2010

    Exhibition of Contemporaray Chinese Art in London @ Iniva

    Lu Chunsheng & Jia Aili : Counterpoints
    31st March - 15th May 2010

    Both artists are interested in the rapid modernisation of society and the individual's relationship to the machine.

    • The first man who bought a juicer bought it not for drinking juice (2008)
      A film by Lu Chunsheng which mixes documentary and fantasy to theatrical effect.
      The film commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio and supported by ShanghART Gallery, China.

    • Make Believe... at Rivington Place is Jia Aili's first solo exhibition in Europe, with new paintings and a site specific piece for the window overlooking Rivington Street (see picture above).

      Living and working in Beijing, Jia Aili presents monumental new paintings reflecting on the human condition, and the individual's vulnerability in a rapidly developing world.

    FREE! @
    Iniva, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

    Lucky Cat Podcast Series 4 Ep 10 (25/11/2010)

    Sunny SpringWu Jinglue
    "Sunny Spring" (mp3)
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