Montell Jordan

Apart from the "Shattered Scours," lol, this weekend do enjoy your freedom from the work place. 

There's a Sports and Leisure Day taking place at Handworth Park, today, also The Fusion Festival  in Cofton Park, near the Lickey Hills, South Birmingham features Ne-Yo on Sunday Evening. Jerry Dammers who was partly responsible for the release of Nelson Mandela and performed in the Coventry Band the Special AKA is appearing as a DJ at the Hare & Hounds Pub in Kings Heath also on Sunday Night. Mr. Merry will be DJ'ing at Monteague Wine Bar with Kevin J, Gilly Irie on the R&B side of things plus much more. Please check with all venues to confirm times and dates are correct before travelin!
Handsworth Park till 9.pm

The annual Official Launch of Birmingham Black History Month at The Drum in partnership with Birmingham City Council seeks to celebrate achievements, contributions and struggles of African, Asian and Caribbean people within the context of their diversity and heritage. This year’s launch programme commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. On August 28 1963 Dr King addressed over 250,000 Civil Rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. 

The speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement and is regarded as the most iconic American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address.The Drum wishes to acknowledge this epoch defining moment by taking part in a global celebration coordinated by The King Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. To help culminate the 50th
Anniversary of The March on Washington and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing events at 3pm (GMT) on Wednesday August 28 2013, a half-century to the minute after Dr King delivered his historic address.
The Drum has organised this historic event in partnership with members from across thelocal community including local church leaders, mosques, University of Birmingham, Punch Records, and groups from Hall Green District Arts Champions Scheme to attend the bell ringing ceremony. The service led by the Reverend Canon Pitt will take place on Wednesday 28th August at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Rd, Birchfield, B6 6AG and commence at 2.30pm, promptly. The event will demonstrate the enduring spirit and legacy of Dr King’s speech within the context of Birmingham’s diverse communities and the universal campaign for equality and social justice. It is also a befitting occasion at which the participating partners will highlight their programme of event and activities for Black History 2013. It will finish with a short performance by specially commissioned artists interpreting the speech and its impact on their lives.  (Thanks to Bro' Pilot for info.)

The Drum | 144 Potters Lane | Aston | Birmingham | B6 4UU Box Office: 0121 333 2400
info@the-drum.org.uk      www.the-drum.org.uk

Tracklisting for Sunday 25th. August 2013

Hour One
The Independents - Baby I'll Be Missing You
William Brothers - I'll Still Be here
The Staples - Love me, x 3
Leon - Don't Stop
Gina Foster - B-Side Of Love
K. Michelle - A Mothers Prayer
Charlie Wilson - There Goes My baby
Ms Monique - Mr. Do Right
Rosie Gaines - Good Times
Maysa [Leeke] - Pouring Rain
The Impressions - People Get ready

Hour Two
'Three-Inna-row': Montell Jordan
1 You Must have Been
2 What's On Tonight
3 Somthin' 4 Da Honeyz

Kenny Thomas - Turn It Up
The Jones Girls - Win You Back
Juicy - Sugar Free
Carrie Lucas - Hello Stanger
Teena Marie - Square Bizz
Unknown - Candy Rain On My Window Payne?
Siana - Get On The Floor
Dreg - Traitor

Montell Jordon Biography:
Born 3 December 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA. Montell Jordan made a huge impact in both the US and UK charts in 1995 with the runaway success of his Def Jam Records' single "This Is How We Do It". Utilising a sample from Slick Rick, this celebration of life in South Central, Los Angeles, struck a chord with both hip-hop fans and modern R&B audiences. Within weeks of release it entered the US R&B Top 10 and then the pop charts, preceding a debut album of the same title. This included several BornBorn King samples and a guest rap from Coolio on the excellent "Payback". The lyrics also diverged somewhat from typical Californian swing subjects - "Daddy's Home" addressing the importance of black fatherhood in the ghettos. He attributes his development in an otherwise hostile environment to the rare presence of both a father and mother as he grew up. Rather than running with the gangs in the "South Central 'hood", Jordan attended both church and school regularly, eventually graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu with a degree in Organisational Communication. However, his growing interest in music eventually diverted him from a projected career in law. Jordan has built on the success of This Is How We Do It with a series of stylish urban R&B collections. The title track to Let's Ride, featuring No Limit Records stars Master P and Silkk The Shocker, reached US number 6 in April 1998. The follow-up, "I Can Do That", broke into the Top 20 in September. Jordan returned to the charts in November 1999 with Get It On ... Tonite, the title track of which became a Top 5 single the following March.

This Is How We Do It (Def Jam 1995)***, More (Def Jam 1996)**, Let's Ride (Def Jam 1998)***, Get It On ... Tonite (Def Soul 1999)***, Montell Jordan (Def Soul 2002)***.

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