It is the BBC World Service's 75th birthday! Somehow, after escaping hordes of Spice Girls who were warping time and space in the venue next door, schmoo ended up at the more intimate 'Indigo' venue in the O2 'Dome' on Saturday night for the BBC World Services 75th Anniversary Concert. It is being broadcast as part of a special season of programmes and events called 'Free To Speak' which aims to explore all aspects of freedom of speech.
Some people may say the BBC World Service is imperialist propaganda, but here at the schmoo on the run 'safe house' we always pay our TV licence gladly, especially for the World Service which is an incredible 'free information' resource for millions of people all over the world.
Only managed to get the pictures below on a mobile. All the music was exceptional & schmoo fell in love with Katie Melua. Also on the line up; Squeeze (top quality uk pop), plus Daby Toure (Mauritanian & very, very good) and Yunasi (Kenyan/Sesube, winners of BBC's 'Next Big Thing'). All worth checking out.
Above: Toumast. This incredible band come from the Touareg nomadic tribes people of the saraha; the 'People of the Veil'. Mindwarpingly good. Imagin a reincarnation of Hendrix in Africa. They also work hard to try to raise awareness about their extraordinary people so check them out.
Above: Carbon/Silicon. Includes Mick Jones (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite) and Tony James (Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik). Classic london beat music, great live.
Above & Below: Katie Melua, the biggest selling UK female artist in the world. She recently sold over a million records in Germany alone, and now we know why. schmoo is in love; her voice is the sound of an enchanting spirit, she plays both electric and acoustic guitar very well and the piano, plus she is obviously highly intelligent, and has the beauty of an amazing woman goddess, which no pictures can ever hope to fully capture, especially this mobile. Her third album ‘Pictures’ was released in October 07.
schmoo would miss all the spice girls in the universe for one Katie Melua.