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I’m not really certain whether I feel this way because of my nature, or because I should actually be unsatisfied, but either way that’s how I feel. Last night I performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club for a third time (thanks to Ruby Sings) – a feat which Hip Hop artists can’t often boast. It was great – great in the sense that for various reasons I had a good time before, during and after, but where I feel void is with my performance. I can do better.

We rocked the crowd, partially down to the brilliance of my band (The Street Orchestra), my amazing backing vocalist (Debbie Aramide), the songs, the overall vibe, and flashes of my better form, but for me that doesn’t mean anything if I don’t leave the stage feeling I performed to at least 90% of my capacity. There’s always that unobtainable-10%-margin down to being human, but I feel like I was a good 10% below that line; for me, that’s not good enough. I’m going to make sure I work harder in rehearsal, and out of rehearsal – the next show will be something.

Cynikal and The Street Orchestra perform live at the Underage Festival 2011, Victoria Park via the Roundhouse Rising stage.

Photos from my set on the Roundhouse Rising stage at this year’s Underage Festival, taken by Mister Cee.

Date: 5/8/11
Location: Victoria Park.

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Recorded at the EMI Studio, Roundhouse in 2009 with The Street Orchestra. Features on the live EP “688 Sessions”.

Photos from my 45-minute Lovebox set and beyond, captured by the man known only as Mister Cee.

Date: 16/7/11
Location: Victoria Park.

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When I was on tour with The Street Orchestra in 2009, we found ourselves sharing the stage with a whole host of young, gifted British individuals. One of them was beatboxer Lippicool. Here’s an archive video he just uploaded from backstage, way back when, of us putting a little something together spontaneously:


Earlier this month, the acoustic session I recorded for Roundhouse Radio as part of the build up for this year’s Underage Festival aired. Listen back here or via this link:

I played the tunes I’ma Do Me and What’s My Name with Samson (percussion) and Joe (guitar) from The Street Orchestra.

Ronnie Scott’s a couple nights ago was a really good show. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get hold of any video footage, but hopefully this video will make up for it. It’s a visual from my performance at my graduation ceremony last year. I obtained a first (the reason why I went to uni in the first place) and was asked by my lecturers to perform for my fellow students and their parents at Leeds Town Hall. Of course, I wasn’t going to do this without some sort of live element, so I pulled in Samson and Joe from The Street Orchestra to dabble a little percussion and guitar respectively. Not gonna lie, this was potentially one of the most awkward performances I had been asked to do, but I made it work, and thankfully the crowd were receptive to a little bit of Hip Hop in the early afternoon. PS, notice how their soul clap is so ridiculously on point; I guess that may be because it was a hall full of music lecturers, music graduates, and the odd musical parent.


So many people have been asking wether I’m going to put out an “album” of work any time soon that I eventually had to give in and divulge the master plan.

This Spring, I will be releasing Research and Development, my first solo project in nearly 5 years. The “688 Sessions” EP which I put together with The Street Orchestra was my last release a year and a half ago was the last CD I put out, however it was only available for sale at gigs. Research and Development will be WIDELY available, and will include my best work, featuring some of the most talented singers and musicians I know.

Work already began a little while back. And yep The Street Orchestra are again involved, but their role is different. You will hear why when the time comes! Here’s a snap of my drummer Samson rocking out the drumkit whilst we’re setting up the mics!

Sam on Street Orchestra drums

It’s an exciting time for me, I finally get to show the world what I’ve spent 10 years trying to achieve; a collection of work that will resonate with people on a very deep level. Hopefully Research and Development will affect you (the listener) in the same way as it has affected me thus far in its creation. Onwards and upwards!

Towards the end of last year, I performed at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with The Street Orchestra. We became the first Hip Hop band to play at the bar in history, an honour which I will forever cherish. Beyonder of swung through to film a little interview piece, as well as some of the performance. Check out his footage:

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