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We’re getting ready for Christmas. But we’ve abandoned the Christmas songs today and opted for a spot of happy Hip Life. And this song, which was introduced to us by my sister-in-law is bloody brilliant. I need a strong Ghanaian man to take things down off shelves for me…

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A few songs

Ok, a know this blog isn’t about anything I’ve made. But as you’ll see from my ‘about‘ page:

Things about my blog:

  • I’ll be posting up things I make
  • I’ll be posting up anything else that I feel like blogging about

So tonight it’s the turn of blogging about something I feel like blogging about. And tonight it’s a few songs I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to tonight, courtesy of YouTube.

First up, and big thanks to my friend Nina for sharing this on Facebook, is some wicked Zulu House from Culoe De Son – Gwebindlala ft Thandiswa Mazwai. I LOVE it:

Followed by Portland Cello Project Covering Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” courtesy of Jeff’s half term YouTube surfing. I love the cello and have recently been kicking myself for giving it up as a post grade 3 14-year-old:

And finally, because I don’t want to overwhelm you on a Tuesday night, Craig David freestyling for Tim Westwood on Radio 1 a few years back. Got to love the Giggs cover to rival mine and just Craig David’s awesomeness. Massively underrated poor guy:

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Projectbrownman laying down lyrics

My sister‘s boyfriend, Leo, decided a few weeks ago that he was going to get some audio editing software on his Mac and make himself some beats. We went round to their flat for dinner last Sunday (roasted pork belly with potatoes and seasonal veg if you’re wondering) and before playing Lips on the Xbox (where Jeff showed off his Ice T skills, and I beat Lisa at Nirvana’s In Bloom) Leo played us his Looking for Curley beat (complete with sample from BBC Radio’s production of Of Mice and Men).

We came away from their flat with full bellies and Looking for Curley on a memory stick for Jeff, sorry, Projectbrownman, to come up with and record some lyrics for. After a week of writing bits here and there PBM got round to laying down the lyrics this morning. And what did I do while he was doing this? In between reading the Sunday papers, I took my lovely new digi camera in to the Blue Room “Studio” (yeah, you read that right. We have a stuuuuudio) and caught snippets of the master in action.

Before I let you see his work, I just want to say that he was horrified that this was going up on my blog. “What if my kids find it” were the words of the teacher Mr….. (Nah, I won’t give him away). Personally, if, when I was 13, I had found a video of one of my teachers rapping on YouTube I’d have found it hilarious and incredibly cool. I’m sure PBM probably thinks the same and so doesn’t really mind it appearing here. Even if he does come across a little crazy.



Having just downloaded Cadbury’s Big Swap Songs as part of their Big Swap for fairtrade fortnight I am now enjoying a good dollop of Hiplife. Last year Cadbury’s launched the news that their Dairy Milk bars would now be using fairtrade cocoa from Ghana with a fab song and video from Tinny – Zingolo. And now this. I must admit – I’ve never thought of Cadbury’s as my favourite chocolate and have always tended to be one to buy Galaxy instead. But since launching as fairtrade Cadbury’s Dairy Milk has gone up in my estimations.

And, of course, all this Hiplife is reminding me of my and PBM’s fab trip to the wonderful Ghana. So here are a few photos from the amazing country. Planning to get back there soon. Maybe Christmas 2011. It certainly has a wonderful feel to it and I can’t wait to see more.

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I’ve taken it upon myself to promote Slutlockerz. Whether it’s because their music’s cool as hell or because the vinyls are taking up space in our walk-in cupboard, doesn’t really matter. Either way the beats are cool and lyrics are wicked.

They’re on Facebook, Myspace and now Twitter. Buy their record, listen to their music, promote it on Twitter, enter the competition to win a signed copy of the record, or whatever you fancy.

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Talkin’ a Seamstress

For my second song Projectbrownman insisted I do a cover of a good grime song. He decided on Giggs’ Talkin’ the Hardest. This time, unlike with Living Room, Projectbrownman wrote the lyrics.

If you’re talking a seamstress/ I better pop up in your thoughts as the neatest/ My seams are the neatest/ ironed and flat not leaving the creases

Fly like an eagle/ lines are so regal/ with a gold thread through the eye of a needle/ bought the machine time to buy the material/ make a new top and the skirt is the sequal


Making my jewellery/ bending, shaping, taking a few beads/ putting it together in a way that is unique/ everybody asking can you make me a new piece?

Maybe I should sew in a bit/ I flow on the beat like I flow with the stitch/ anybody think they can copy my stitch better stop with the nonsense you’re tacky and kitsch


Give me a pin/I stick to the pattern when I’m sticking them in/I used to get pricked cos I didn’t use a thimble/ never happens now cos my skin isn’t thin

Bring me a tin/ full of my findings/ bits and bobs that I use for designing/ Secret box where my jewels are residing/ when I’m on top autographs I’ll be signing

Lining a dress for morning/ hem on the skirt was so messy before me/ now it looks so perfect you could sell it for forty/ put it up on ebay and the bids will get naught

Needles are sharp/ I’ve got a whole box that I take to the park/sit in the sun getting straight with a cross stitch/ carry on late in my flat after dark

Practice my art/ making it purfect/ spending time and money cos the effort is worth it/ I’ve said it once before so I know that you’ve heard it/ give it to the people who I reckon deserve it


My girls looking hot/ Emma, Lizzi and Hannah have got/ something cool and original I gave them that you can’t find in the net or shops

I bet that you want/ send me a cheque and I’ll send you a box/ better yet I can look at your stitch and talk you through all the problems and faults

And the result?/ you’ll be just like me/ cutting cloth with precision and stylee/ make hot clothes like I’m cutting for Kylie/ everybody knows that my fingers are sprightly



For Giggs‘ lyrics check here.