Monday, 23 January 2012

Poem: Awake In Distaste

Awake In Distaste

Consumed with distaste,
From the moves that she makes,
The routes which she takes,
The rules that she breaks,

The dudes she embrace,
To those whom she shakes,
But I will be there.....
.... as soon as she wakes!

Moods can debase,
When subdued by distaste,
Value befitting too now defaced,

If you will erase,
just few will retrace,
But I will be here.....
.... as soon as you wake!


Fonzo - Street's Got Talent Interview

Here at Street’s Got Talent we like to bring you the hottest rising starts in entertainment who have also made their names through busking, and we’re so excited to introduce you to Fonzo.

Fonzo is a former busker who is now head of talent relations over at New Scene Wrestling where there are some huge shows coming up. Musically Fonzo is working on his debut album and releasing a multitude of mixtapes this year.

Fonzo’s success is a testimony to the fact that buskers really can make it in the music industry. He sat down with Street’s Got Talent to talk music, busking tips and what’s next for him.


How long did you busk for?

A couple of years sporadically

Was busking your full time job?

Yeah when I was younger and had no job. I would independently press up my own cds and distribute them on the streets, this is where busking would come in as it involved me drawing a crowd and giving consumers a musical sample of my product.

What inspires you musically?

Creativity and soul I like music that can touch me emotionally. And also music that you can tell hard work has gone into

What’s the toughest thing about busking?

I’d say censorship, in forms of the establishment trying to shut you down. And at time developing a connection with passers by

What’s your fondest busking memory?

Errm without sounding too greedy it would be making over £200 in a day

Who inspires you?

As an artist my biggest inspiration in music is Master P as he was able to sell 75 Million record from an independent black owned record label

What advice would you give other buskers trying to make it into the music industry?

Have fun, be yourself and let your talent shine. People respond to you better if they don’t just think you’re out for money but can see your passion

Could you describe your music in 3 words?

Artistically soulfully eclectic

We can’t wait for the release of Fonzo’s album #DiaryOfATiredBlackMan as well as a plethora of other projects in music and film. Stay tuned and updated with his movements online.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Fonzo Live In Liverpool with Edo G aka Ed O.G.



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Saturday, 21 January 2012

News: Convicted Killers of Aston shooting victims in fresh freedom bid

THE killers of Aston shooting victims Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare are making a new bid for freedom after a European court ruling questioned the use of anonymous witnesses.

The case of Marcus Ellis and Rodrigo Simms is to be re-examined by the European Court of Human Rights, which could deem their original trial unfair – paving the way for a fresh appeal against their 2005 murder convictions, which saw them caged for life.

Defence lawyers claim they did not have a fair trial because a key witness – a convicted robber using the pseudonym Mark Brown – was allowed to give crucial evidence against them.

In an unprecedented move – which according to Ellis’ barrister defied ‘1,000 years of common law in this country’ – Mr Brown was allowed to testify behind a curtain and had his voice electronically distorted.

During the murder trial at Leicester Crown Court, the jury heard how Mr Brown was paid thousands of pounds in police payments to help protect him after he agreed to testify against the four men.

He was the only prosecution witness to name three of the four defendants as being the killers of Charlene, 18, and 17- year-old Letisha.

The innocent girls were shot dead outside a New Year’s party in Aston on January 2, 2003, in a botched revenge attack by members of the Burger Bar Boys.

While they were standing outside with friends, the gang members drove by and fired a sub-machine gun, hitting both girls several times.

Charlene’s twin sister, Sophie, and their cousin Cheryl Shaw were also shot, but survived.

Gang members Nathan Martin, 26, Marcus Ellis, 24, Michael Gregory, 23, and 20-year-old Rodrigo Simms were all jailed for life after being convicted of murder and attempted murder.

An appeal by all four men was turned down at Woolwich Crown Court in 2006 and they were refused leave to appeal to the House of Lords.

But last month the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, sitting in Strasbourg, made a decisive ruling on two other British cases involving anonymous witnesses.

The court agreed that the testimony of an anonymous witness could NOT be the ‘sole and decisive’ evidence to convict a defendant because the right to a fair trial may not be met.

Last night, Ellis and Simms’ solicitor Errol Robinson told the Birmingham Mail that the ruling had opened the way for a fresh appeal.

He said: “My clients’ convictions are a grave miscarriage of justice following one of the most unfair trials of modern times.

“If someone is accusing you of anything, let alone a matter of this gravity, you really ought to know who that person is so you can investigate the motives for that person giving evidence, so that there is a fair trial.

‘‘Without Mark Brown there was no real case to answer.”

The lawyer said a delayed appeal to the European Court of Human Rights will now go ahead for his clients, following the landmark ruling.

He said: “The matter is now in the hands of the European Court of Human Rights who will re-examine the case and make a decision as to whether the trial was fair.

“If they rule that it was not, then the case will return to a British court who may decide on a retrial or quash the convictions immediately.

‘‘This could all potentially happen by the end of the year.

“A retrial would be almost impossible because of all the publicity surrounding the case and the fact that the prosecution would be without their main witness.

“Our argument has always been quite simple, in that the original trial judge should never have granted anonymity to Mr Brown.

“It was proven that this witness was untrustworthy and a man of flawed character. He was a convicted robber who had spent time in prison and openly admitted his association with gang members.’’

The use of anonymous witnesses is on the increase in the UK, particularly in gangland cases. Between July 2008 and 2009 a total of 343 witness anonymity orders were issued.

Purcell and Parker Solicitors, who represent Michael Gregory, were unavailable for comment last night. Nathan Martin does not have legal representation.

* CHARLENE Ellis’ mother, Beverley Thomas, last night hit out at any potential new appeal and defended the use of anonymous witnesses.

She said: ‘‘I’m always hearing about unfair trials but how unfair was it for them to go out there and shoot four girls and take two lives?

‘‘There is no doubt about the credibility of the witnesses in the case. I have faith in British justice.’’

And Letisha’s mum Marcia Shakespeare said: ‘‘The only way to get any form of justice sometimes is to have anonymity for witnesses.

‘‘When you have murderers going around killing innocent people, who in their right minds will come forward to give evidence?

‘‘I did not know anything about this possible appeal, yet we are supposed to be kept aware of any developments.’’

After the 2005 murder trial, the Crown Prosecution Service also defended its use of anonymous witnesses.

David Blundell, the then Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands, said: “One of the things police had to address was how we could persuade witnesses who had seen or heard relevant evidence to come forward.

“Witnesses were not prepared to give evidence without protection.

“The prosecution had to make massive inquiries into the background of all the witnesses and all the background had to be disclosed to the defence, so it wasn’t as if the defence didn’t know about the people.”

Friday, 20 January 2012

News: Soul legend Etta James dies aged 73

US soul singer Etta James, best known for the tracks At Last and for I'd Rather Go Blind, has died aged 73.

It was announced last year that the singer had been diagnosed with leukaemia and was undergoing treatment.

The star began singing in a group aged 14, before she embarked upon a solo career where she signed to the legendary Chess Records label.

She went on to win six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Legendary producer Jerry Wexler once called her "the greatest of all modern blues singers".

Etta James
The singer died from complications of leukaemia

James' manager said she died at Riverside Community Hospital in California with her husband and sons at her side.

"It's a tremendous loss for her fans around the world," Lupe De Leon said. "She'll be missed. A great American singer. Her music defied category."

Singers have paid tribute to the star on Twitter. Bryan Adams wrote "Etta James... one of the best voices of all time... RIP".

Songwriter Nile Rodgers added: "When I was a kid, I remember walking all the way to Flash Record Shop in LA to buy a 45rpm single by Etta James. RIP."

British singer Adele has often cited James as an influence, and wrote an article praising her for The Observer in 2010.

"Everything she sings - you believe her, even if she never wrote a word of it herself. I saw her live in New York not so long ago: Extraordinary."

Etta James
The singer's anguished blues vocals made her stand out, even as a child

Born Jamesetta Hawkins in 1938, her mother was only 14 years old, and she never knew her father.

Raised mainly by friends and relatives, she began singing when her grandparents took her to a Baptist Church, where she joined the choir as a soloist.

Later, in San Francisco, she formed a singing group called the Creolettes, who were discovered by bandleader Johnny Otis, who coincidentally also died this week.

The band recorded together for a number of years but it was not until 1960, when James signed to the legendary Chess Records as a solo artist, that she began to achieve musical recognition.

It was for this label that she released her two most acclaimed albums, At Last and The Second Time Around.

The former included her impassioned cover of Muddy Waters' I Just Want To Make Love To You, which is considered the predominant interpretation of the song - and gave James her biggest chart hit in the UK, landing at number five in 1996 after it was featured in an advert for Diet Coke.

However, her success in the 1960s was hindered by an addiction to heroin, and she was forced to rebuild her career after quitting the drug in 1974.

'Wonderful music'

Although she was popular on the R&B and blues scene throughout her career, mainstream success eluded her for many years.

She did not receive her first Grammy Award until 1994, for the album Mystery Lady, which consisted of covers of Billie Holiday songs. In 2003, she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Several modern R&B stars paid their respects following the news of her death.

Black Eyed Peas frontman wrote on Twitter: "Showing respect appreciation and love for all the wonderful music and joy Etta James brought to the world."

Kelly Rowland said: "Classic. One of a kind. Pure soul."

"Thank you for gracing us with your incredible talent and presence."

Monday, 16 January 2012

Poem: Outlander


I'm left in a world I didn't quite expect,
A place of hopelessness and neglect,
Consumed by a void of 'nothing' but stress...,
With replaying memories I just can't forget,

I had such vast aspirations at first,
They seemed to disappear into despair,
Through wanton desire deep burning with fear,
A quantum of solace springs forth from thin air,

At times it would seem that the joy would outweigh,
Disparaging stages time would convey,
Much to my chagrin an unspoken display,
Leaves me here exiled beneath disarray,

Whatever shall I do?
Wherever do I go?
I ask myself what've I truly become?
An Outlander! fighting for the power to exist,
And there can be only one..!

- Fonzo

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Sports: McLeish keen for Robbie to shine at Villa

McLeish: We're keen for Robbie to make a Henry-style impact at Villa

By Paul Brown

Alex McLeish has been thrilled to see Robbie Keane looking immensely sharp in training - as he hopes for a Thierry Henry-esque impact from the forward at Villa.

McLeish says the Keane deal is close to being completed, with "i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed."

LA Galaxy have given Keane permission to train with Villa as the short-term contract gets finalised.

McLeish has been impressed with what he's seen of the 31-year-old striker on the fields of Bodymoor Heath.

And after seeing another loanee, Henry, doing the business for Arsenal this week, McLeish has backed Keane to impress during his temporary stay.

He told AVTV: "I'd like to say it was all done and dusted but we do have some i's to be dotted and some t's to be crossed.

"Such is the red tape and the toing and froing between the clubs, insurances, there's a whole load of things. It's not just quite as simple as signing on one dotted line, there's several to be done.

"But he's been training. Watching him this morning, he's effervescent, he always wants to be involved in build-ups and he's a clever player.

"He's full of the one-twos, give and goes and he's got a good football brain. I am sure he will be a good asset, albeit for a short space of time.

"He was very bright in training. It was good to see him at close-quarters and he looked very sharp.

"I know in training the pitches are smaller, dimensions-wise and players can often look fantastic in five-a-side games and it can be different when the real business comes.

"But we know with Robbie, this is not a new kid on the block, this is a guy who has been around a long time. He is very sharp upstairs."

Henry has joined Arsenal from New York Red Bulls in a move similar to the one Villa are looking to finalise with Keane.

The Gunners great came on as a late substitute and scored the winning goal in the FA Cup third round clash with Leeds.

It was some impact - and McLeish admits he'd love Keane to follow suit.

He added: "It was one of the great moments on television. It was a typical Thierry Henry finish.

"I was thinking about Robbie when I saw the great drama. It was a fantastic moment.

"Regardless of who you support it was great to see it. It was tremendous.

"That's exactly what I was thinking. If Robbie could come and give us that sort of inspiration, it would be great."