Sunday, 22 February 2009

Brazilian beats rock 2020

Bournemouth’s 2020 club seemed a fitting place to welcome an emerging international star like DJ Marky. The Brazilian is no stranger to these shores and as drum and bass becomes ever more popular, Marky is there setting the benchmark.
The venue is reminiscent of London’s Fabric or Brighton’s Audio, with a plush interior, leather sofas and chandeliers – both venues have welcomed Marky in the past but this time it was the rare turn of Bournemouth to welcome the showman from Sao Paolo.
It is eight years since the release of The Brazilian Job, the album which turned so many heads. Expectations are high wherever Marky plays, which could be why he was greeted with a hail of boos as 2020 sound engineers scrambled to remedy the silence which followed after the DJ connected his laptop to the mixer.
But the mishap was soon forgotten when the first tune soared through the speakers. Marky’s unique blend of Brazilian samba and flowing drum and bass captured the mixed crowd.
Throughout his set Marky teased the audience with snippets of old favourites like LK and Nightfall, but despite the roars from the dancefloor, Marky resisted the crowd pleasers, opting instead for new music fresh from his Macbook.
Midway through the set the crowd erupted as Marky, one of the few DnB DJs who can scratch properly, ripped it up while goading the crowd. A few minutes later he could be seen singing along to soulful remixes of Fernando Porto records, arms outstretched and eyes closed.
He is, without a doubt, a showman and a great ambassador of Brazilian music of all genres.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Father's plea to students

A Bournemouth father is urging young people to join a bone marrow register at a recruitment event in the town this Thursday.
Saroosh Farid, who lives in Springbourne, has spent nearly eight years watching his 17-year-old son, Adib, battle a rare form of leukaemia and says more people are desperately needed to help save lives.
Adib was 10 when he was diagnosed and had his first lifesaving operation at the age of 11. Now, just weeks away from his 18th birthday, Adib is facing the prospect of a second bone marrow transplant.
The Anthony Nolan Trust, which organises the bone marrow register, is coming to Bournemouth University on Thursday and is encouraging students to sign up by giving a teaspoon of blood.
Saroosh said: "By giving that kind of help to others we can save lives and change lives. I wish that could have been the case much earlier for some of Adib's friends because maybe they would be sitting with us now."
Karen Archer, who is organising the event, said: "When students come along on the day they will be given an application form and will be asked for a teaspoon of blood and that might be the only thing they need to do unless they become a match for somebody."
Mrs Archer said the newest methods of extracting bone marrow are not dissimilar to giving blood. She said: "It's very similar but a lot longer and you have two needles instead of one. You're wide awake and you have someone with you that you know.
"You can have your iPod on or the TV on and the time goes very quickly and the most important thing is that it's a life-saving procedure."
There are currently 16,000 people around the world who are desperately trying to find a bone marrow donor.
The trust is urging anyone, not just students, aged between 18 and 40 to come to Poole House at Bournemouth University on Thursday, February 19, between 11am and 2pm.


Saroosh Farid talks about the bone marrow register.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Goats get a view with pastures new

Six lucky goats will soon be taking up residence above one of the most sought-after addresses in Boscombe.
Bournmeouth Borough Council is bringing in the animals to help control vegetation on the cliff above Honeycombe Beach.
The goats, due arrive in April, will enjoy some of the best views in Britain – looking out over Boscombe’s surf reef to the Isle of Wight and Purbeck.
The council will run the trial scheme for six months and, if it is successful, more goats will be invited to come and live on other areas of the cliff.
Workmen are already fencing off the area between the Honeycombe Beach development and Manor Steps ahead of the goats’ arrival.
Economy and tourism councillor Beverley Dunlop said: "Following discussions and site visits with Natural England and, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, we decided that the ideal area to trial the grazing project is from Honeycombe Chine to Manor Steps. If the scheme is a success, the aim is to introduce grazing management on the majority of the cliff.
"A decision to make this type of grazing permanent will be done in consultation with local residents, beach hut owners and ward councillors."
The scheme is being paid for by Honeycombe Beach developer Barratt Homes.

Monday, 2 February 2009

A new life for Boscombe musician

With a beaming smile and boundless energy, Theone Coleman has a zest for life like no other 23-year-old. And it's not surprising because the last two years have taught him some tough lessons.
Surrounded by his keyboard, mixing desk and speakers, Theone's Boscombe studio flat is a far cry from his last home – Leyhill Prison in Gloucester.
After being banged up for selling coke and pills he is now helping young people keep out of trouble with a project he set up with the Prince's Trust.
Only six months into the scheme, he has already won the charity's Young Achiever of the Year award for the region and is due to attend the national awards ceremony in London in March.
“It started off as an idea to teach young people music,” says Theone. “I know it sounds fluffy but music has always been a release for me and a way to express myself.
“I used to sell drugs to buy music equipment and now I provide music equipment for young people so they don't get tempted to do the things I did.”
The project, called Bourne 2 Stand Out, gives 16 to 25s the chance to get involved in music.
Not content with that, Theone has also set up a record label called Infinite Possibility Recordings, which already boasts more than 40 acts ranging from hip hop to funky house.
So with all this ambition how, at the age of 21, did he end up in prison?
“Possession with intent to supply class A – pills and coke,” explains Theone.
He shakes his head and throws his hands up in exasperation.
“What an idiot!”
When he was convicted Theone was sent to Dorchester Prison then spent time in Exeter, Guys Marsh in Shaftsbury and, finally, Leyhill, before being released.
“It was weird,” he continues, “when I first went in, there was this dude, Jamie. He was huge. I'll never forget him.
“We were sitting in the waiting room and you had to be twos-up in a cell and they started pairing people up and I was thinking, please don't pair me up with him.
“They even asked me, 'do you mind' and I thought, I'm not gonna complain, am I?
“So it was really scary going in but he was cool and he showed me the ropes and how to keep my head down, but prison's not a cool place, man.
“The realisation kicked in when I went to a D-category prison, which is an open prison. I met this dude called Pip. He asked me about what I'd done and how long I was in for but when I asked him the same question he said – I was in six years before you were born and I've still got 20 to do.
“I didn't wanna know what he'd done.”
Now he is free, Theone is focused on using his experience to help others and believes down-at-the-heel Boscombe is just the place to do it.
He said: “People are trying to boost up Boscombe – it's got that label on it now because there's a lot of drugs and violence. I think there's a lot of work to be done here and I want to be part of doing that and I think I can help.”
But Theone knows only too well about the problems in the neighbourhood. He is currently working on a track using material written by his friend, Luke Campbell, the Bournemouth University student who was stabbed to death in Cleveland Road in November.
“We did one track and were planning to get together and do some more stuff,” explained Theone.
“He'd done his own mix tape too which was really cool.
“I asked his mum if I could record some material on a Dictaphone and use some of the verses that he's done to do a track about knife awareness.
“Tupac said, 'why die when you can live forever in the hearts and souls of other people', so if I can do that then Luke's not gone anywhere because he's still here.”