[ May 2, 2024 by 0 Comments ]

UK MPs demand new legislation around AI in music

UK Music poll found that two thirds of UK adults are concerned about AI replacing human creativity.

In a digital age where artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly blurs the lines between human creativity and technological innovation, a recent poll conducted by UK Music unveils a growing concern among UK adults. Two-thirds of respondents expressed worry over AI potentially replacing human creativity in music creation. Now, the UK parliamentary committee is advocating for new regulations to safeguard the integrity of artistic works and protect creators from unauthorized use.

(APPG) the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music has called upon the British government to implement laws that would prohibit AI developers from utilizing copyright-protected music for training purposes without explicit consent. This move aims to shield artists and creators from the potential exploitation of their voice and image in AI-generated compositions. The committee’s report, published on May 1st, underscores the necessity for regulatory measures to balance the opportunities AI presents with the risks it poses to the music industry.

At the forefront of the proposed legislation is the concept of a comprehensive “pro-creative industries” AI bill. This bill would mandate tech companies to transparently label all AI-generated content and maintain a verifiable record of music used in the development process. More than 100 elected members of Parliament (MPs) and Peers advocate for this legislative framework, emphasizing its importance in safeguarding the rights of creators and consumers alike.

The report also highlights the results of UK Music’s AI poll, which surveyed over 2,000 individuals on various AI-related topics. An overwhelming 83% of respondents voiced support for legal protections guarding an artist’s creative ‘personality’ against replication by AI, particularly concerning the emergence of deep fakes. Moreover, 77% of those polled condemned AI-generated music that fails to credit the original creator, labelling it as theft. The consensus among respondents underscores a strong demand for laws that prevent the unauthorized use of artists’ music in AI training processes.

In response to these findings, the U.K. Musicians’ Union (MU) has commended the parliamentary group for addressed the impact of AI on the music industry. They argue that the proposed recommendations fall short in safeguarding performers. The call for more protection reflects the urgent need to balance technological advancement with the preservation of artistic integrity and fair compensation for creators.

As the UK navigates the complex intersection of AI and creativity, the debate over regulatory measures intensifies.

AI can offer unprecedented opportunities for innovation and artistic exploration, it also poses significant challenges to the fundamental rights of creators. The UK now stands at the forefront of shaping a regulatory framework that ensures the continued vitality and integrity of its creative industries.


[ April 25, 2024 by 0 Comments ]

Natalie Campbell bid for London mayor

Social entrepreneur Natalie Campbell bid for London mayor

Social entrepreneur Natalie Campbell felt that none of the main political parties were listening to the needs of ordinary Londoners.

Mayoral candidate Natalie Campbell was interviewed at Chalkhill Community Radio to address the young people of Brent, urging them to vote and share their desires on their social channels to engage with politicians and hold them accountable.

Raised in northwest London by her Windrush Generation Jamaican grandparents, Campbell started her career as an entrepreneur early. So she decided to take action. During election seasons.

The real-world experience of running successful social enterprises is something that Natalie Campbell, standing as an independent in the forthcoming London Mayoral elections, believes she can bring to the office of Mayor if elected on May 2nd. She successfully launched her first business before she was 20. Her journey in social enterprise began when she co-founded A Very Good Company (AVGC), a global social innovation agency with the ethos of doing good and spreading good, which worked with major brands such as Virgin Media and Marks and Spencer.

From 2011 to 2018, AVGC worked with businesses and stakeholders, co-creating campaigns related to health, employment rights, and the environment. As a non-executive director, she chaired the Nominet Trust and National Council for Voluntary Youth Service and served on various boards, including UnLtd and Big Lottery Fund UK. Campbell’s social impact also extended to serving on Sadiq Khan’s London Economic Action Partnership and her work as a Civil Service Commissioner.

Now the co-CEO of sustainable drinks company Belu Water and chancellor of the University of Westminster since 2022, she believes her plan to approach the job of Mayor like a CEO who runs a major corporation will usher in an era of transparent governance, free from what she sees as the self-serving actions of career politicians. Her singular focus, as she states in her manifesto, is taking a “zero B.S. approach to rebuilding London”.

Campbell’s election campaign pledges focus on nurturing neighbourhoods, safer streets, and community cohesion. She emphasizes holistic solutions to London’s housing shortages, innovative policing schemes, and sustainable transport for the capital. She plans to establish 320 new neighbourhood centers, each housing 1,300 police officers, a policy aimed at putting officers back into local communities. She aims to reallocate parts of the Mayor’s policing budget to establish youth centers and mental health support for young people. On housing, she pledges to build 40,000 affordable homes, not just for purchase but also for rent.

[ March 15, 2024 by 0 Comments ]

Vybz Kartel wins appeal against murder conviction

Jamaica’s longest running court case

Vybz Kartel, Jamaica’s renowned dancehall artist, has been incarcerated for nearly a decade alongside fellow musicians Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, and André St John. Their trial, spanning 65 days, marked the lengthiest legal battle in Jamaica’s history.

Recently, concerns arose regarding Kartel’s health as he combats Graves’ Disease, a condition exacerbated by his prolonged imprisonment. Initially sentenced to life, Kartel became eligible for parole after 35 years, while his co-accused faced similar terms, varying from 15 to 25 years.

In a dramatic turn of events, Kartel and his associates appealed their convictions at the Privy Council in London, citing mishandling of juror misconduct allegations. The revelation of attempted bribery among jurors posed a critical challenge during the trial. Despite objections, the judge proceeded with 11 jurors, including the accused briber, a decision later deemed “fatal to the safety of the convictions” by Judge Lord Lloyd-Jones.

Now, the Court of Appeal in Jamaica is poised to determine whether Kartel and his co-defendants will face retrial. Despite his confinement, Kartel maintains an influential presence in Jamaica’s music scene, earning the moniker “King of the Dancehall.” Even from his cell, he continued to release music and co-authored a book, “The Voice of the Jamaica Ghetto.”

Though another murder case against Kartel collapsed due to insufficient evidence, the impact of his legal battles reverberates, highlighting the enduring saga of one of Jamaica’s most captivating figures.

As his popularity grew, he increasingly got in trouble with the law. Last year, another murder case against Kartel collapsed due to insufficient evidence, highlighting the enduring saga of one of Jamaica’s most captivating figures.

[ February 20, 2024 by 0 Comments ]

Gospel Singer Faces Police Harassment for Public Performance. New video shows FIVE of Met’s finest jobsworths not doing there job

A volunteer police officer incorrectly told singer that she could not sing Gospel music outside of Church.

In a disturbing incident on Oxford Street, London, a volunteer police officer wrongly told singer Harmonie that singing church songs outside the confines of a church was prohibited. The encounter escalated, leading to a shocking intervention by five police officers, sparking criticism from onlookers questioning the allocation of police resources and taxpayer money.

Harmonie is 20 years old from London, who shares her love for the Lord through her music she usually sings outside Oxford street which she shares on her Instagram @haroineldn. You can see on her account she has left audiences in good spirits feeling joy, happy and love for the Lord. Harmonie has over 300,000 subscribers on YouTube and regularly performs throughout the capital, she claims the situation left her feeling ‘humiliated’, ‘sad’ and ‘bullied’.

Harmoine was singing outside John Lewis’ flagship store when she faced the unwarranted intervention of volunteer police officer Maya Hadzhipetkova. The incident, caught on camera, reveals a heated exchange between onlookers and the officers involved. One passer-by expressed frustration, questioning why law enforcement wasn’t prioritizing more serious crimes such as murders and assaults instead of targeting a harmless busker.

The video footage exposes the unnecessary involvement of law enforcement, with one officer even sarcastically remarking that they would attend a murder only when informed. The situation took an inappropriate turn when, at the end of the encounter, an officer stuck her tongue out at the singer, displaying unprofessional conduct unbecoming of law enforcement.

Scotland Yard have since apologised for the mishap, explaining that the supposed breach was due to unlicensed busking

This incident is not an isolated case, as instances of Christian Gospel singers and preachers facing harassment and humiliation from the police have been reported before. Such actions can contribute to a growing mistrust of law enforcement by the public, as they question the priorities and legitimacy of such interventions.

The Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard have issued an apology for the mishap, acknowledging that the perceived breach was related to unlicensed busking rather than the content of Harmonie’s performance. Hadzhipetkova is currently under investigation for her actions, emphasizing the need for accountability within law enforcement. This has led to Met Police being forced to apologise to the singer, admitting they had got it wrong after officers threatened to take away her instruments following a performance of Amazing Grace.

This highlights the importance of protecting freedom of speech, artistic expression, and the rights of individuals, especially in public spaces. It raises concerns about the potential misuse of police authority and the need for proper training to ensure officers are well-versed in the laws they are enforcing. As society continues to value diversity and inclusivity, incidents like these underscore the significance of respecting individual rights and fostering a harmonious relationship between the public and law enforcement.


[ February 2, 2024 by 0 Comments ]

UK grime artist D Double E and producer Fumez is representing Japan’s biggest fighting game Tekken 8

UK artist D Double E and producer Fumez The Engineer have teamed up for Tekken 8 song (The Anthem), a new rap single celebrating the new game’s release.

UK artist D Double E and producer Fumez The Engineer have joined forces to create a thrilling rap anthem celebrating the much-anticipated release of Tekken 8.

The Tekken franchise, which first debuted a staggering 30 years ago, has recently dropped its eighth instalment to widespread acclaim. Departing from tradition, the game’s creators collaborated with renowned figures from the UK’s vibrant grime scene instead of selecting a Japanese artist.

To mark the occasion the publisher behind the game, Bandai Namco, has released a single – Tekken 8 (The Anthem).

D Double E, the MC is also featured on TEKKEN 8 (The Anthem) and previously recorded bars about a rival fighting game. His 2010 track Street Fighter Riddim was filled with references to that series, but his latest set of lyrics required him to get up to speed with 30 years of plot points from Tekken.

But he thinks it will be worth it to expose the rest of the world to the UK’s growing grime scene.

Grime producer Fumez is another Londoner says Tekken was his “childhood game”.

Now 30, he’s worked on tracks from some of the biggest artists on the UK’s drill scene, including Central Cee, and says getting a chance to work on TEKKEN 8 (The Anthem) – “feels very special”.

Described as “moody and melancholic from the get-go” by Bandai Namco in a press release,

“Tekken 8 (The Anthem)” promises to be a cinematic sonic experience that perfectly complements the game’s atmosphere.

Fans can immerse themselves further in the Tekken universe by watching the music video for “Tekken 8 (The Anthem),” now available on YouTube

[ January 26, 2024 by 0 Comments ]

Kingsley Ben-Adir revelation ‘Thank God I asked for a singing teacher!’ as he brings Bob Marley to life

Unraveling the Two-Year Odyssey: Bob Marley Biopic Star Discusses the Challenges of Capturing Iconic Moments

Actor Kingsley Ben-Adir talks about perfecting his patois, the power of authenticity and what its like to play an iconic artist such as Bob Marley.

In a downtown studio, 37-year-old actor Kingsley Ben-Adir is on the brink of immersing himself into the final moments of dialogue for the upcoming biopic, “Bob Marley: One Love.” Slated for release on Valentine’s Day weekend, the film marks a pivotal point in Ben-Adir’s career, as he steps into the iconic shoes of the legendary Bob Marley.

Known for his solid supporting roles in projects like “Barbie,” “Secret Invasion,” and “One Night in Miami,” where he portrayed Malcolm X, Ben-Adir now faces the daunting task of playing the Jamaican musical maestro. One of his challenges is imitating Marley’s distinctive patois.

What drew Ben-Adir to this project was its unique storytelling approach. Rather than opting for the conventional cradle-to-grave biopic format, “Bob Marley: One Love” zooms in on a pivotal two-year period. Set against the backdrop of political turmoil in Jamaica in 1976, Marley, already a global star, found himself entangled in a wave of violence stemming from political rivalries.

Attempting to maintain a neutral stance, Marley’s decision to organize a peace concert irked both political factions. The climax occurred just two days before the scheduled event when armed gunmen stormed Marley’s “safe house” at 56 Hope Road. Aiming for the reggae legend, a bullet missed his chest but lodged into his arm. In a miraculous turn of events, both Marley and his wife, Rita, survived the attack.

Choosing self-imposed exile in London, Marley channeled his emotions of betrayal, anger, and hope into the creation of the groundbreaking album “Exodus,” released in 1977. This transformative period birthed some of Marley’s most beloved tracks, including “Jamming,” “Three Little Birds,” “One Love/People Get Ready,” and the evocative title track, “Exodus.”

As Ben-Adir delves into the intricacies of Marley’s life during this turbulent chapter, he grapples not only with the challenge of perfecting the musician’s patois but also with authentically portraying the profound moments that defined an era. In the actor’s own words, capturing the “strange magnetism” of Bob Marley is no easy feat, but it’s a challenge he willingly embraces in bringing this extraordinary story to the silver screen.

[ January 18, 2024 by 0 Comments ]

Jamacianopoly new limited board game

Your Digital Network (YDN) Introduces a Limited Edition Board Game Celebrating Jamaican Heritage.

Your Digital Network has once again proven its commitment to making local connections and supporting communities, this time through the introduction of an exciting limited edition board game Jamaicanopoly.

Inspired by the vibrant and culturally rich island country of Jamaica, situated in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaicanopoly offers players a unique opportunity to engage in property trading while celebrating the essence of Jamaica.

You can immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Jamaican culture as you explore iconic landmarks like the Bob Marley Museum and Dunn’s River Falls on the custom game board. Traditional Monopoly money is replaced with Jamaican currency, adding an authentic touch to the game and providing players with a truly immersive experience.

The game is designed to educate families and children about the most popular landmarks on the island and in still a sense of Jamaican heritage in an entertaining and interactive way. As players navigate the streets of Jamaica, they have the chance to grow their empires, bit by bit, creating a thrilling experience that combines strategy and fun.

Jamaicanopoly has quickly become a sensation in the UK, bringing families together and spreading joy from country to town. Artists such as LA Gray, have even contributed their music to the promotional advertising of this exciting board game.

Stacey McIntosh, a satisfied customer, shared her enthusiasm, saying,

“Super fun! Our set did come with metal character pieces that scream Jamaica. My 10-year-old loves Jamaicanopoly.”

Reviews pouring in from delighted customers further attest to the game’s success.

Rowe Lucas commended the quick delivery and friendly customer service: “Arrived quickly and provided friendly customer service, which is pretty hard to find these days.”

For more information and to read additional reviews, visit the Jamaicanopoly website or To get your hands on this limited edition board game that promises unlimited fun, contact

Blaze at 07956548781 or Isaac at 07535644850.

Don’t miss your chance to roll the dice and embark on an adventure of building your empire, all while celebrating Jamaica with Jamaicanopoly.

[ December 28, 2023 by 0 Comments ]

Community Gospel Choir and special guests to celebrate at the Royal Albert Hall

THE London Community Gospel Choir will be joined by some very special guests as they return to the Royal Albert Hall for their annual Christmas show this week.

‘Tis the season for a spectacular celebration of music, faith, and joy as The London Community Gospel Choir takes center stage at the iconic Royal Albert Hall for their annual Christmas extravaganza.

This Tuesday promises an unforgettable festive soirée, with the renowned choir joined by a constellation of musical luminaries. Brace yourself for an evening featuring the soulful Beverley Knight, the melodious singer-songwriter Dani Miché, the smooth R&B and jazz vibes of Tony Momrelle, and the dynamic energy of singer, musician, and producer JJ Rosa.

Since their formation in 1982, the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) has been a beacon of unity, love and peace and sharing there faith for the creator through the power of music and faith. Pioneering the sounds of British gospel music, the choir skyrocketed to fame, earning a well-deserved reputation as Europe’s leading gospel brand and one of the most sought-after choirs across the global stage.

With a rich history spanning 41 years, LCGC has graced some of the UK’s most prestigious events and venues, including the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, the legendary Glastonbury Festival, the historic Live 8, and the impactful World Aids Festival. Notably, they hold a Guinness World Record for assembling the largest Mass Gospel Choir, a testament to their global influence.

Their impressive resume includes collaborations with music legends such as Tom Jones, Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Adele, Blur, The 1975, and the incomparable Mariah Carey, among a host of others.

Hosted by the delightful Smooth Radio personality, Angie Greaves, the show promises an enchanting blend of uplifting festive tunes and timeless gospel classics. Get ready to be transported into a realm where the spirit of Christmas resonates through soul-stirring melodies and harmonies, courtesy of the London Community Gospel Choir and their illustrious guests. This Christmas, let the Royal Albert Hall be the backdrop to your unforgettable musical journey.

Leonn Meade, Creative and Musical Director of London Community Gospel Choir says

“We’re very much about bringing people together, celebrating life, hope and love in such an incredible atmosphere”