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The Drop / Ishmael Ensemble (DJ set) / Sounds of Harlowe & more

Hootananny Brixton
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Fruit Palace presents:

THE DROP - "UK Reggae at its best" (David Rodigan, BBC 1Xtra). Alongside multi-instrumentalist ISHMAEL ENSEMBLE dropping dancefloor-centric jazz / afrobeat cuts and beyond. Hip hop jazz collective SOUNDS OF HARLOWE and Afro-Twang 7 piece NAMIWA JAZZ blending nu-soul, African jazz, hip hop and RnB. Plus FRUIT PALACE DJ spinning conscious reggae, hip hop, bass and jungle.


Melding jump-up grooves, down and dirty bass, epic walls of sound and clever lyricism THE DROP create a mesmeric stage show.

Taking some time out after a frantic first few years of gigging to perfect their long awaited debut album, ‘Last Stand’, they are primed for a return to the stage. The album, recorded at the prestigious KONK Studios, remains true to the live experience they've developed and features dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry on lead single Dunna Runna.

Stoking the fires of free thought, reggae has long been the spark to ignite any potential brooding youth movement. From The Clash to the explosion of dub-step, they all have their place and are each as culturally significant as the last. THE DROP are set to find their place in this category, coming hard with their own distinctive sound and a strong message.

ISHMAEL ENSEMBLE started releasing deep house tracks on Wolf Music before stepping out of the box with the release of his debut album “Sometime In Space” in 2016. The record is an exploration of dusty soundscapes and off-kilter house which Ishmael then developed into a Live A/V show with visual artist Amie Nowlan, performed with Boiler Room.

2017 saw the multi-instrumentalist embark on his most ambitious venture yet with the launch of the ISHMAEL ENSEMBLE. Their debut record “Songs For Knotty” on Banoffee Pies Records takes the listener on an emotional journey through jazz and ambient music, with support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Alexander Nut & Tom Ravenscroft.

Hip hop jazz fusion collective SOUNDS OF HARLOWE incorporate a wide range of influences including soul and rock to create their own signature brand of music.

The Bristol based group’s infectious live performances have led them to headline shows around the UK and perform at the likes of Boomtown, Bestival, Soundwave Croatia and Nozstock. This culminated in their first UK tour in 2016 with their debut EP Change of Disposition making a full release in January 2018.

Surprising listeners with a voice and aura far beyond her 23 years NAMIWA JAZZ describes her sound as Afro-Twang. Blending Nu-soul, African Jazz, Hip Hop and R&B.

NAMIWA JAZZ will be playing with her 7 piece band and this year will see the release of her 5th body of work. She’s received support from BBC WM and plays from DJ Trevor Nelson and Huw Stevens. Supporting the likes of Jacob Banks, Ameriie, Lee Fields, Public Enemy, Gregory Porter, Steel Pulse, Teedra Moses and Macka B and played last year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

"One of the most beautiful voices I've heard in a long time" Reviewer at the Independent Venue Week.


FP organiser dropping conscious good times reggae, hip hop, bass and jungle. Supporting The Hempolics, Eva Lazarus, Blend Mishkin, L’Entourloop, Cian Finn, Dizraeli & DownLow, Mr Woodnote & Lil Rhys, Normanton Street, MC Xander, The Drop, London Afrobeat Collective, KOG & The Zongo Brigade and Lazy Habits over the years.


✪ Entry:
Free before 9pm, £7 after.
Entry only w/valid ID. Please note Hootananny is a 21 and over venue.

✪ Venue Details:
Hootananny Brixton, 95 Effra Rd, Greater London, SW2 1DF |
+44 (0) 20 7737 7273

✪ Best Pub in Brixton - Time Out Love London Awards 2014
✪ "Best night out South of the River" - Time Out

"Fruit Palace is a dope, colourful explosion of a night with only good vibes and lush people." - Dizraeli

"Wherever it takes place, you know Fruit Palace will be a night full of heart, soul and top musical selection!" - Babilondon


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