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Scratch, Shlomo and Napoleon Solo

UK beatboxer Shlomo has come a long way since featuring in our first ever mailshot back in 2003.  Tonight, November 18th at 11:35pm GMT, Shlo will be performing a live beatbox showcase alongside other guests Sean Paul, Babyshambles, Texas, Salif Keita, Teddy Thompson and Peter Kay, on the UK's BBC2 show, Later...with Jools Holland.

But that's not all.  Shlo's hip hop group, Foreign Beggars, are throwing an invite-only party to celebrate the launch of their new single Let Go and we have 2 tickets to give away!

The party's taking place in London on November 22nd at Cargo, where there'll be free drinks, giveaways and plenty of live performances. The stage will be graced by Poizunus and our man Each as part of their EP Bridging the Gap Tour, as well as by Focused Few, Dubble Edge, plus of course by Foreign Beggars and Shlo himself. This is definitely a lineup which you do not want to miss!

The pair of tickets we've got will be given away to the first person to buy a Shlo' money t-shirt and/or hoodie from our online store, once this news goes live.

Even if you don't get to see Shlo and the boys doing their thing at Cargo, don't miss them supporting The Herbaliser at Jazz Café in London from November 29th to December 2nd.

Also tonight, but on the other side of The Pond, Baba Israel will be performing Eclectic Performances, the first of a two night run together with his wife, Dawn Crandell, at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany, NY.

"Expect crowd interaction as audience members release their inner beatboxer" as Baba and Dawn "combine provocative poetics, booming beatbox and mellifluous movement into a show that will inspire, delight and move you."

Further information can be found on the theatre's site.

The beginning of next week sees Scratch setting down in two European capitals.  On November 21st he's playing a late night show at London's Jazz Café followed by show on the 22nd at Lydmar in Stockholm.

We recently spoke to beatbox ELIOT who opened up for Scratch in Berlin.  ELIOT warned against missing these shows and emphasized how entertaining Scratch's live show really is.  So these gigs are definitely worth reaching to if it's within your means.

We're also itching to get our hands on Scratch's sophomore album, Loss 4 Wordz, which is currently scheduled for a January 2006 release.  We just know it's gonna set the new standard.

However, there are still a few gems to look forward to in 2005.  Back from his tour around Europe, beatboxer Napoleon Solo is soon to embark on the 2005 Year End Tour with his group, IsWhat?!.

As well as Napoleon on the beatbox, rhymes and MPC2000, the line up also features Jac Walker on tenor saxophone, flute and vocals, plus Claire Daly on baritone saxophone.

With dates reaching across the US, there are plenty of opportunities to catch these three masters at work.  Visit the IsWhat?! site for tour dates and details.

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