Josephine Oniyama

Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson Introduces Upon Westminster Bridge

Josephine | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Josephine

Jamaican poet Linton Kwesi Johnson will be making an appearance in Manchester this week. On Saturday 23rd July, 2016, he'll be introducing Upon Westminster Bridge, a film about another Jamaican poet, Michael Smith. His introduction will also feature a reading of his own work. For me this is a rare and special treat.

Twenty Years Since the Manchester Bombing: A New Theatre Production by ANU and my Memories of That Day

Josephine | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
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On the 15th June it will be the 20th anniversary of the Manchester bombing by the Provisional IRA. In memory of that event HOME, Manchester, have teamed up with ANU Productions to present On Corporation Street, a piece of site-specific, immersive theatre.

'Stowaway' - A Play at HOME, Manchester: Whose Story Is a Story to Tell?

Josephine | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Stowaway is the story of an Indian man who gets trapped in a labour camp in Dubai. He attempts to escape by stowing away in the wheel well of a flight bound for Heathrow. When the plane comes in to land, his frozen body comes loose and he falls into the car park of a B&Q store in London.

Reflecting on Film and Music

Josephine | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
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I was first approached to write for film in 2014. To celebrate the reopening of Manchester's Central Library, Manchester band Everything Everything were asked to curate a week long series of events which they titled Chaos to Order.

Science and Myth: The North West Premiere of 'Icarus at the Edge of Time'

Josephine | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
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Greene's narrative, a take on the old Icarus myth, depicts a boy on a journey through space. Rather than flying too close to the sun, this new Icarus defies his father's warning and flies too close to a black hole instead.

HÄXAN Live Score: The Process So Far

Josephine | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Last year I was approached to be a part of the film and music series at HOME, Manchester's newest multi-arts venue. I was asked to create a live score for a silent film. My first choice was HÄXAN: witchcraft through the ages, a Danish horror documentary charting the varied perceptions of witchcraft and satanism from ancient times to the contemporary 1920s setting.

Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra Featuring Josephine Oniyama

Josephine | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Throughout October 2015 I'll be on tour with Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra. This tour will be a little different for me. For starters there won't be a guitar in sight. Instead I'll be performing alongside Matthew's ambitious spiritual jazz ensemble, Gondwana Orchestra.

EIGHT: A Collaboration Between Manchester and Wuhan for the China/UK Year of Cultural Exchange

Josephine | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
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'EIGHT' was the bringing together of eight artists, four from Manchester, UK and four from Wuhan, China. Our collaboration was in celebration of the year of China/UK cultural exchange, 2015.

Beth Orton's Wall of Sound Residency at Band on the Wall, Manchester

Josephine | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
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I've been asked a few times why I wanted to be involved in Beth Orton's Wall of Sound residency. Well, from music producers to lighting techs, the music industry is a predominantly male landscape.

Goodbye 2014

Josephine | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
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What have I read, what have I learned, what have I proved to myself, that's what I want to know. Not about the random highs, but the necessary and sustained lows. Not about the chaos, but about the easy order of silence. Bloody 'ell I sound like a Vulcan. But no, seriously, my point is, I think 2014 has made me a better artist.

Chaos to Order: Setting Song to Film

Josephine | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
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The process is so powerful and motivating (and not only because of the time constraints; deadlines can be marvellous things). Such strong imagery can provide direction to writing that you just don't get by sitting down in front of a blank page every morning. The images, from the culture of a by-gone age, are wonderful, and a natural inspiration for song.

Understanding FKA Twigs

Josephine | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
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I can't stop listening to FKA Twigs at the moment. Online, her minimal R&B is getting brilliant review after brilliant review... The musical borders she crosses, atmospheric, minimalist dance to 90s R&B, are perfect musical movements, which enhance the layered vocal and the perfect backing vocals of her arrangements really well.

Manchester, Kent, London, Paris, Miu Miu and Jack White in Twenty Hours

Josephine | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Last Saturday I travelled from Manchester to Kent, then from Kent to London and from London to Paris... all in one day. I played two shows, was front row for Prada's Miu Miu resort collection show, and watched an ear drum busting Jack White gig at the Palais d'Ièna, Paris. Here's the story.

Constellations, Third Album by Moulettes: Modern Folk and Powerful Orchestration

Josephine | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Track two, Constellations, is full of bold beats. This is more electro than its preceding track, sometimes the vocals are close, other times they are far off in the distance. The track really is a constellation, the only steady presence seems to be the rhythm, which battles on through the turns on top. Everything else is a varied and ever changing canopy of different moods.

Zimbabwe Part Two: Kunzwana #1 and a Mighty Encore

Josephine | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
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We decided to go to the Kunzwana #1 show. I was really excited about this band, because of their blend of Austrian and Zimbabwean musicians, playing clarinet, quarter-tone trumpet, trombone, mbira, vocals and electro-acoustics. I knew it would be a fantastic performance.

Bring Back Our Girls: Keep on Helping

Josephine | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
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Africa is in the headlines again, not for the lush beauty and overwhelming hospitality that I felt in Zimbabwe recently, but for cruel acts of violence and hate inflicted on women and children.

Zimbabwe Part One: Meet Harare International Arts Festival

Josephine | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
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The Lay's Global Stage was a covered indoor space with comfy tiered benches for around 400 people... We'd be back to headline this same stage on the Saturday night, for what would prove to be, not just the best gig of our trip, but one of the most rewarding of my entire time performing live.

Education, Education, Education and War: Kaiser Chiefs New Album First Listen

Josephine | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Last night I decided to listen to Education, Education, Education & War, the new album by Kaiser Chiefs... I haven't done that in ages, just listened to an album all the way through, without doing anything else at the same time. No texting, no cooking, no reading, just listening.

German Tour Week One: The Osnabrück Experience

Josephine | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
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One week ago yesterday we started our tour across Germany with Ryan Sheridan and his band. The time has gone so fast, and there are still two full weeks to go. The highlight of the tour so far has to be the two days we spent in Osnabrück.

Shakespeare's Coriolanus - National Theatre Live Stream

Josephine | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Josephine

It's fair to say I've found a new love of the theatre, and modern tech means that people can experience the west end from hundreds of locations around the world. This is truly exciting. Not only that, but I think I am a Shakespeare convert.

Tour Essentials - Germany in Winter

Josephine | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
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I'm getting ready to embark on a three week tour of Germany, with performer Ryan Sheridan, and I realised I don't really have a working suitcase any more. I think I've been hibernating since Christmas. So, it's about time I made a list of on-the-road-again must-haves. Flights, epic car journeys, travel sickness, and a show a night... I just need to be comfy!

Highlights of 2013

Josephine | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
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I know most people have done their 'Best of 2013' lists already, but my thinking here is that as long as it's done before the end of January it isn't too late.

Ending the Euro Tour, on the Road With Madeleine Peyroux and Christmas Shopping

Josephine | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Madeleine is a very sultry, smoky voiced, jazz/blues singer (in case you didn't know). She was wonderful backstage, really chatty, and she's got a wicked little sense of humor, as did her band, who were also very accomplished musicians (some people have everything).

Autumn Headline Tour Part One

Josephine | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
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My headline tour across Europe seems like a bit of a blur now; a little whirlwind gone by. How much can one person fit into eight days? Well, here's a little answer for you, it's part one of the tour story, just the first four days... part two will come later.

Filming The New Video in Morocco: a Test of The Old Endurance

Josephine | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
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Morocco was a whirlwind of bikes, scooters, heat and extremely pushy/ enthusiastic merchants, selling everything from slippers to spices. It is a place where you need to watch your back for bikes; or otherwise be mowed down, and be careful of eye contact unless, that is, you really want to buy something.