Wah Wah 45s 25th Anniversary

20.00 — 03.30
Dele Sosimi
Aroop Roy
Charlie Dark

Independent soulful London record label Wah Wah 45s celebrates 25 years of releases, live shows, club nights and events this September at Village Underground. The label, started by Chris and Simon Goss who were soon joined by Dom Servini, back in 1999, has proved itself internationally renowned as a stalwart of open-minded soulful music in the last quarter of a century. Along the way they've signed the UK's Afrobeat Ambassador and Fela Kuti disciple, Dele Sosimi; infamous East London brass ensemble Hackney Colliery Band; cult south coast reggae and dub outfit Resonators; soulful rock combo The Milk and many more.

Their club nights and live events over the years have proved legendary, providing early shows for the likes of Jamie Woon, Corrine Bailey Rae, Matthew Halsall and Emeli Sande, as well as ground breaking performances from label artists such as Scrimshire, Colman Brothers and the late, great Henri-Pierre Noel. DJ sets have featured the cream of the eclectic music scene including Gilles Peterson, Quantic, Jazzie B, Luke Unabomber, Rebecca Vasmant, Norman Jay and countless others. Previous anniversary events at London's Scala and Oval Space set the scene for what is to be the imprint's largest and most ambitious birthday celebration yet.

On Saturday September 21st Wah Wah 45s will take over the beautiful Village Underground with Afrobeat royalty, Dele Sosimi, leading the proceedings with a unique live show that's never been witnessed anywhere before, and will probably never be seen again. Dele will be joined on stage by members of his Afrobeat Orchestra as well as supergroup Eparapo, his side project The Estuary 21 (with accomplished musician and producer Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly), Afro-dub brass masters Soothsayers Horns and more TBA. The band will perform, for one night only, songs from all of Dele's related projects, as well as classics from the Fela Kuti cannon.

Live support is TBA, but expect more exciting musical goodness from the Wah Wah 45s label, as well as a very special art show from the imprint's award winning Polish graphic designer, Animisiewasz.

On the decks, the label welcomes a trio of special guests who more than satisfy Wah Wah 45s open-ended musical remit. Headlining is Aroop Roy, a producer and DJ whose star has been on the ascendency for the last couple of years, which has seen him regularly share the bill with the legendary Mr. Scruff, play across the globe, and even provide a remix or two for Wah Wah 45s itself. His high octane selection of self-made edits, remixes and dubs in the world of global house and disco make him the perfect party starter for the label's birthday celebrations.

Also topping the bill, is none other than producer, DJ, writer, runner and legend of the black music scene, Charlie Dark MBE. From his days as one half of Attica Blues on the mythical Mo' Wax label, to his highly regarded Blacktronica parties and his Run Dem Crew running club, through to his post pandemic resurgence as one of the most inspiring and vocal artists around, "Daddy Dark" has always been a close family friend of the label, and is the perfect choice to put smiling faces on the dance floor.

And finally, repping the next generation, MiNNA has become something of a sensation over the past twelve months. Playing parties held by the likes of Glitterbox and rocking venues such as Drumsheds and Koko with her effervescent energy, slick skills and uplifting selection of soul, disco and house, she's the perfect final piece in the jigsaw for Wah Wah 45s' big celebration.

Hosted by Deb Grant (BBC 6 Music) & Dom Servini

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Presented by Wah Wah 45s.

This is a 18+ event. Every customer may be requested to provide a valid ID upon entry, this is to ensure customer safety and ensure our legal age requirements are met. For this reason, we request that all customers bring valid ID. For further information see Age and ID in FAQ’s. Right of admission reserved.


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Dele Sosimi - You No Fit Touch Am - Medlar Remix
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