It is my greatest honour to receive the DJ Mag Top 100 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. I accepted this award on behalf of Manchester – it’s such a rare occasion when anything like this is awarded North of Watford plus I have a sneaking suspicion that I am the first woman (black woman) to win it which makes it even more special and historic. This is also to prove that you don’t have to be an Instagram influencer with millions of followers to make your mark. If you can make a difference, be fearless and make a difference. This is also for anyone who gets knocked down nine times and stands up ten. I see you. And so do they.
Welcome to Accaliberation a two-hour celebration of the beauty of vocals, lyrics and songs. This month I’m in a Virgo and Libran mood, celebrating the birthdays of Gary Bartz, Archie Bell, Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble, Marlena Shaw and Taana Gardner. Dive in, the water here is lovely.
Next stop on the HEAR HEAR journey around the world for International Women’s month (because a day is nowhere near enough time to show all the women who influence and inspire us some love) is Manchester. In Episode 4 I celebrate the Divine Feminine version 188.8.131.52 with a true Manchester legend, celebrity, singer, Manchester United fan, dog lover and my HEAR HEAR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH ICON – ROWETTA (MCR, UK). She’s a Proper Mancunian with a heart of gold and I’m honoured to have gained an audience with this absolute Queen.
So here we are on the other side of Christmas and still in Tier 3. Just as well then that I will be playing music all through the day in the virtual world on New Year’s Eve. Catch me throughout the day bringing good cheer and peace to all with the Hacienda, Gaydio, Mixcloud, Reform Radio and We Out Here Festival. Lots of different flavours for all to enjoy and bring in the New Year in digital style.
Welcome to my interview for ‘The Edit’. It’s all about titanium ceilings, purple sequins and no requests in this podcast with Loreal Blackett. Get into it.
I am absolutely buzzing to join the line up for Glitterbox Virtual Festival 3.0 on Friday May 15th, 2020. Mental line up as usual – Emmy and Golden Globe winning, Billy Porter live and direct. Your #QuarantineWeekend entertainment most certainly starts here …
Thanks to the magic of technology, our musical life continues virtually unhindered. Last month’s TAKEOVER guests were regulars Black Girl / White Girl: from Tel Aviv to Holland and on the global stage, these girls bring the fire every time. Takeover? We’re going guerilla in a lockdown style. BBBBBBRRRRRRRAAAAPPPP Bro. Stick with us. Keep it locked. Stay safe. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.
Saturday 9th May 2020 sees The Hacienda throw open its distinctively numbered doors for “The Hacienda House Party II” with United We Stream Greater Manchester (GMCA’s fundraising streaming platform). Prepare yourself for another epic twelve hour session, as some of the greatest US DJ legends supply exclusive sets whilst many of The Hacienda’s finest residents play out from our secret lockdown studio straight out of the Greater Manchester region. I am honoured to be one of those residents and will be streaming live from 3pm – 4pm (BST).