WE OUT HERE featuring EMANUEL J BURTON + EVABEE + [ K S R ] + SHEBE KEKE + TARZSA
We Out Here is a new festival, launched and presented by Gilles Peterson for fans of the new British jazz scene; where grime, dubstep and hip-hop has reinvigorated the Jazz genre. In the run up to the festival in August, We Out Here Presents is hosting some of the finest talent to be coming out of Manchester right now, in association with Thirty Pound Gentleman.
R&B soul singer [ K S R ] will be headlining, joined by EVABEE the underground neo soul sensation, a contemporary musician Emanuel J Burton, SheBe Keke who fuses poetic lyricism with an electronic sound and TARZSA, an up and coming DJ who has been popping up all around the city. Join us on the 13th of July at Night and Day Café to be a part of the We Out Here experience.
EMANUEL J BURTON
‘Emanuel J Burton is a 23-year old drummer, musical director, bandleader, songwriter and creative entrepreneur. Prior to venturing into Manchester to study Music at BIMM University, his passion for music was birthed in Orlando, Florida, where he spent most of his childhood years. He stumbled into drumming through church at the age of 9 and he has been devoted ever since. Enthralled by music’s ability to connect with people on a deeper level, he discovered his ability to express himself through music, rooted in his desire to embolden positive and healing vibrations. He strives to make music with sentiment and play from the soul in virtue of using the power of music as a form of therapy. As a solo performer, Emanuel relishes in infusing spoken word and story telling through the drums — as he will be showcasing this year at Manchester Jazz Festival.
He formed his own band ‘Emanuel J Burton’s Supergroup’, which is a Spiritual Jazz ensemble that brings a fresh and experimental stance to the future sound of Jazz. Their expression through music is an immersive journey of exploration, from Gospel and Funk, through to Soul and Jazz Fusion with music therapy as their monolithic focus. They have rapidly risen to high acclaim, after a sold-out headline show at Band On The Wall. Thusly leading them to support bands such as Steam Down, The Midnight Hour, 30/70 Collective. They have also been able to be part of great shows and events such as, Manchester Jazz Festival, We Out Here Fest, Manchester Day.
Emanuel is currently collaborating and performing as a drummer and musical director for many artists around the UK, such as Misha B, Yazmin Lacey, July 7, Children of Zeus, Tobi Sunmola.
He is zealous about bridging the gap between world class musicians and budding musicians who aspire to navigate and express their artistry in a similar way, on a similar scale. He has facilitated masterclasses, private clinics and jam sessions, for the benefit of aspiring musicians and supporters alike, where they can be inspired and have an avenue to network with these illustrious musicians. The goal was also to help create a platform and brand for musicians on these world tours and add to their individual following away from the artists they play for. Some of these sessions have included Brian Frasier Moore (Justin Timberlake’s Drummer), Rico Nichols (Kendrick’s Lamar Drummer), Adrian Bent (Drake’s Drummer), George ’Spanky’ McCurdy (Drummer for Ms. Lauryn Hill). Through successfully creating these spaces, He has been able to form friendships and allow mentorships to surface from these connections.’
“A songwriter and recording artist who has been part of the bubbling Manchester underground scene for some time. Mostly with her collective A Broken Camarilla. EVABEE is now working on her own sound and helping to revive that classic street soul vibe in a modern framework. With her subtle and emotionally charged singing style, the words are always allowed space to breath and engaging lyrics and vocals float over hard hitting, uncompromisingly fresh and airy boombap beats. The combination delivering maximum impact.
In a crowded market of soulful hook singers and lead vocals of similar style. EVABEE presents a fragility and range that bears some comparison to modern voices like Fatima, Yukimi Nagano and Nanna B and elements of classic jazz phrasing. What separates her from the pack in her city right now is the ability to deliver powerful sentiment and soulful words without the necessity to overextend.
With an EP packed with variety and future proofed with longevity, working with talented sympathetic producers who appreciate her qualities and backed by some of Manchester’s powerhouses, the future looks very promising for this burgeoning vocal talent. Don’t sleep on EVABEE”
[ KSR ]
Manchester R&B/Soul singer [ K S R ] has been developing his distinctive concoction of R&B/Soul since 2017. It is influence by an eclectic range of artists such as D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Miguel and more. All of his releases to date have been pushing limits and are thematically subversive. At the end of 2017 [ K S R ] appeared on BBC Introducing Manchester, showcasing one of his well-loved tracks named “New Love.” This opportunity led him to see himself supporting the likes of Children of Zeus and Etta Bond and perform at festivals such as Outlook and Sun & Bass. [ K S R ]’s debut EP titled ‘Unfiltered’ has received support from DJ’s such as Jamz Supernova and Huw Stephens and has seen a successful debut UK tour to promote the project. All these factors has shown that [ K S R ] is the one to watch this year.
Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer. She is currently working at Contact as the Young People’s Producer managing Contact Young Company. In 2012, Keisha wrote feminist solo show “I Wish I had a Moustache” which she has presented at Contact Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, STUN and Belgrade Theatre.
In 2014, she released her debut EP, Abecedarian. In 2015, she was commissioned to write a poem from Plan International’s global campaign for International Day of the Girl 2015, titled “Yet”. In 2016, she was commissioned by BBC radio to produce a new piece to represent Manchester on National Poetry Day.
She is currently working on a new solo show, “Man on the Moon” which is a co-commission from STUN and Contact with support from Arts Council England and Apples & Snakes.
You can find Keisha performing up and down the country as a solo artist and also as a part of Inna Voice (sister performance company to young writers organisation Young Identity). She is a regular host and coordinator for Manchester based events Mixed Movement and One Mic Stand (of which she is a co-founder).
Keisha has previously been a part of various performance collectives: Urban Voices, Playback Contact, Manchester Youth Soul Choir, Afrocats and Abasindi. This multi-faceted artist is always looking for new opportunities to tell stories and collaborate.
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