Preview: Cross The Tracks @ Brockwell Park (London; Sunday 9th June 2019)

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Helping to kick off the London party season is brand new festival Cross The Tracks. Taking over South London’s Brockwell Park, the stages will be filled with big-name headliners, as well as local jazz, soul and funk acts bringing their up-to-date interpretations with their own modern influences.

Virginia ‘Trap House Jazz’ whiz kid Masego brings his unique sound of sharp trap and smooth jazz to the main stage. Masego was born in Jamaica and raised on a heavy diet of gospel, due to his Christian upbringing. The multi-instrumentalist mixes R’n’B and jazz with saxophone, drum beats and slapping vocals, together with a fine dose of attitude.

Hip-hop/soul duo OSHUN will perform their own imagining of other-worldly Afro-futurism. Using a mix of electronic and acoustic styles, they connect deep drum and bass with ambient soundscapes. The duo claim, “We are the new goddess on the block, and we have travelled here from the centre of the Earth. We are here to hydrate your souls and empower you on your trip upward!”

Also hitting the one-day fiesta is Jordan Rakei. He is a multi-instrumentalist and beat maker who swept onto the scene with a flurry five years ago. With a strong neo-soul sound, he is inspired by the new realms of possibility, triggered by his life-changing move to the English capital.

Not to forget that South London’s music royalty will be bringing the sounds home. The Steamdown Orchestra are bound to bring their brand of jazz-rave and get the crowd jumping. And local favourites, such as Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon Jones, Maisha and Poppy Ajudha, are local musicians that never fail to raise the energy and impress.

This is a festival with its finger on the pulse. For those looking to see London’s finest jazz talent and those hungry for more and more, this is the perfect day out.

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