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‎”It is important to be strong with who you are…” Michael Kiwanuka


Music embeds our daily life, weaving its beauty and emotion through our thoughts, activities and memories. No other group of people understand this idea better than those whose lives revolve around music, musicians. When it comes to reviewing any musician it is not enough to simply critique the music they produce. To understand a musician you must look into their characters and how they operate on the day-to-day. This Crayon seeks to delve deep into the mind of Kenyan musician Kora and look beyond him as a musical “Creator” by taking audiences inside his day-to-day life.

Parisian trio We Were Evergreen were born in 2008, after a new year’s resolution that, for once, actually stuck. Brought together by a shared fondness for all kinds of pop music and nursery rhymes, they tell stories of small trees growing too fast, of yodelling yaks and children flying south for the winter: stories of adolescence, of things lost, then found –then lost again. There’s a naïve freshness to their toy-like instruments, and their mellow-yet-uplifting choruses will inevitably get caught in your brain – just throw in some live sampling, a lot of percussions and a dash of electro, and you’ll find your hands and feet joining in too.

Forget “You look Stunning” and  “Great Hair Darling”, Generous seems to be the trending compliment in today’s society, yet before we so easily deliver the compliment as we receive it are we really as generous as we proclaim to be?

Dropping that spare 20p coin from your coat pocket into the homeless guy’s plastic cup outside Sainsbury’s or discussing how BBC’s Children In Need had you reaching for the Kleenex all night isn’t quite enough. Sorry honey, but the charity of the year award isn’t heading in your direction. When it comes to charity and donations especially during today’s financial crisis alongside global inflation, there is of course a fine line and a limitation according to our bank accounts on how much we can give. Yet by paying more attention to our outgoing expenditures just as little as £10 can save the lives of many in Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), with 73% of those countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nik Pears recognized the troubles in Sub-Saharan Africa at a reasonably early stage and decided to put others needs before him. FIDIGTBOX: NIK PEARS goes behind the scenes with the charity and music mogul discussing his music label and Sessions agency Dependant Records, yet most importantly Charity organisation Hope HIV which celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

There’s no doubt that Nik isn’t both passionate and confident about the charity and with his unique charm and charisma it’s no wonder that his exceptional likeability factor has drawn millions to invest and donate towards Hope HIV. “Financially adopting” as Nik states and making a difference in the lives of the plus 13 million abandoned and orphaned children in Sub-Saharan Africa hasn’t proved to be as easy as falling off a log. The biggest obstacle along this emotional roller coaster especially through the 10/10 challenge, where each donator is given £10 by Hopehiv and in return generates more cash than the initial sum, has been getting people to understand the concept of the charity alongside productive networking.

With Hope HIV excessively on the up rise Nik Pears is directing his vision into the future of the charity from branching out and tuning in with school children across the UK to providing us, as present and future donators, an idea of what we can expect from the organisation over the next ten years.

With his through-the-roof optimistic outlook and desire to inspire others to follow suit no matter how large their donation, Nik has most certainly achieved much more than he initially dreamt of and overall has truly realised the countless benefits of helping others. So as we raise our party hats to the 10th Anniversary of Hope HIV and take into consideration Nik’s thought provoking statement: “Life is for living and you might find that you blinked and you missed it”, its time to open our eyes and our wallets and start making a difference, not only towards the children in Sub-Saharan Africa but also to ourselves and those around us.

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By Lola Bukvic

It’s been 3 years since their first gig at the Tin, Kate and Michael have created a live music event  that is now attracting a steady cult following. Wired has risen up  to help discover, nurture and promote the new wave of young musical talent before the mainstream beckons and the commercial world takes over.

Wired recently held a special night in conjunction with Kids Company,  an organisation that provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children, to help raise funds for their new projects.

Got a passion for music? Want the inside word on the best new talent the UK has to offer? Then Wired is the place for you!