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BRISTOL PRIDE FESTIVAL 13 JULY 2013

Rozaya Hopkins
Rozaya Hopkins

 

Bristol Pride 2013
Bristol Pride 2013

As July  continued to be  a busy month ,  on an extremely hot day in July we made our way down to  the colourful  and transformed Castle Park, Bristol, where Rozaya Hopkins and The Thorns,  performed to a sun drenched crowd during  Bristol Pride 2013.

Rozaya is introduced by the Hostess!
Rozaya is introduced by the Hostess!
Pride Festival
Ben Woodward on keys, Rozaya vocals, backing Beki and Vicki

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Richie Davis - Congars
Richie Davis – Congars

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Rozaya and James B (BeatDen)
Rozaya and James B (BeatDen)
"Petals" Vicki Anderson and Beki Wills
“Petals” Vicki Anderson and Beki Wills
Ben Woodward, Keys , Stephen C  Campbell, Bass
Ben Woodward, Keys , Stephen C Campbell, Bass

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Rozaya and the Thorns
Rozaya and the Thorns

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SOUL FREEDOM LIVE MONTHLY NIGHTS 1 Launch Party 8 February 2013

Launch Party Friday 8th  February 2013

Although short notice  and a bit of a trial run, this was to become the   pre-cursor to the series which would take place on the first Fridays of each month and to introduce our regular performers. This first night featured   artwork inspired by soul with Christelle Jones and Beki Wills.

L-R Rozaya Hopkins, Zion Flex and Mike Ashley
L-R Rozaya Hopkins, Zion Flex and Mike Ashley

Artists 

Rozaya Hopkins 

Zion Flex

DJ/Beats Mike Ashley

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Since the launch party we have been extremely privileged to have the services of Damien Michael Polly of Your Music Productions, who videos the performances and edits them for us.

Check this video out of the highlights from the Launch Party.

Soul Freedom Live VIDEO – FEBRUARY edited by Your Music Productions 

 

Soul FREEDOM LIVE FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2013 AARON DOUGLAS, IAN PERRY, SKRILLA UGQ, ROZAYA HOPKINS AND ZION FLEX

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Our first official Soul Freedom Live, and an acoustic night featuring Bristol based artists  Aaron Douglas, making waves across the South west and beyond     His featured song was to make it to Rhythm and Soul Radio New York City featured playlist, hosted by DJ Dan.CE… but more on that later and Bristol ‘s own singer/songwriter Ian Perry.

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Aaron Douglas

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Richie Davis on congars
Richie Davis on congars

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Aaron Douglas at Soul Freedom Live
Aaron Douglas at Soul Freedom Live

Soul Freedom likes to incorporate other creative outlets for expression and we invited, local and extremely talented artist Solly Solomon, to showcase some of her work. This artist is destined for big things!

Solly Solmon
Solly Solmon

It was also to be the first appearance of many by  the  super talented   Underground Queen  herself, Skrilla UGQ.

Skrilla UGQ went on to develop Anonymous Media with her partner  which is well worth checking out.  

“Welcome to Anonymous Media Uk a new Entertainment Website in the UK. Here at #AMUK we aim to bring you the best in UK Urban Culture, Entertainment, Music, Videos, Fashion and exclusive contents. ”

Check out all the links below.

Doing good things for artists and musicians. 

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Twitter https://twitter.com/AnonymousMedia1

Website: AMUK

Facebook: Anonymous Media

Our host Rozaya  Hopkins performed with her band, The Thorns . It was also the first appearance of the Soul Freedom Cake.

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Rozaya Hopkins
Rozaya Hopkins

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Zion Flex provided a free styling interlude with Mike Ashely on beats.

INTRODUCTION TO SOUL FREEDOM LIVE

INTRODUCTION TO SOUL FREEDOM

Soul Freedom Live  is an offshoot of ventures run by Mike Ashley – Life and Soul Promotions, Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom(DJ/RADIO).

Co-founder of Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom live.
Co-founder of Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom live.

SFL was launched as a vehicle to promote new and upcoming Independent Soul Artists but with some added variations. Beki Wills was placed in charge of Art and Design, internet and promotion  and Rozaya Hopkins, a singer/songwriter,  was to use her band ‘The Thorns’  as the ‘house’ band’. She was also to  become our main resident performer, host and artist liaison for the local artists. Together we are SFL and between us we carry out all the other functions to make it work! which are numerous. 

Artist and Designer, promotion, Soul Freedom Live
Artist and Designer, promotion, Soul Freedom Live
Rozaya Hopkins, singer/songwriter, artist liaison and promotion, Soul Freedom Live.
Rozaya Hopkins, singer/songwriter, artist liaison and promotion, Soul Freedom Live.

Initially Zion Flex was a resident performer for us before she moved aside to pursue her ongoing solo career.  Similarly Christelle Jones showed some of her paintings during the launch.

Having seen events in the USA through Indie Soul Mixer Mike wanted to introduce something just a little bit different to the events in the UK, namely:-

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Additional but related forms of Independent Artistry, such as visual art, photography and crafts,

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Collaboration and togetherness between the artists so that it was not a ‘straight’ gig with one performance followed by another, but where interaction and assistance was encouraged and impromptu performance emerged.

We acquired a residency at The Bristol Fringe in Clifton Bristol on the first Friday of every month. Our launch/trial run took place on 8 February with our two resident artists and Mike playing current Independent Soul Music which is rarely if ever heard on a regular basis at a live event of this type.

Launch night flyer for the first Soul Freedom live. February 2013
Launch night flyer for the first Soul Freedom live.
February 2013