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JORDAN MACKAMPA
with Babeheaven

Songbyrd and LiveNation Present
Downstairs, All Ages


DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

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Songbyrd and LiveNation Present

Sunday April 19, 2020

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The London based soul singer is the combination of his Congolese roots and midlands upbringing. His soul soaked, indie driven tracks swim in the sounds and stories of the cities he’s inhabited over the years. Inspired by his mother’s love of the great soul singers, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield, Jordan combines his timeless vocal with catchy melodies and heart felt lyrics to create an exciting hybrid of alternative pop and soul which will enchant and uplift in equal measure.


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Babeheaven’s previous biog arrived entrenched in folklore and rare-meeting points – very much a showreel of moments akin to snapshots from MTV’s Making The Band. All of them true, of course, but for a group several years on from their debut release, all ready to be shoved aside if not updated for the west London duo’s next step from under (or at least near) the Westway and toward cult treasure. “So why don’t we make up a new story,” suggests Jamie, who handles the production and lead guitar side of things in the group, when mentioning their previously trodden ground. Like what? Lead singer Nancy bursts into action.

Really, the truth is that Nancy and Jamie are the best of friends: a stone-cold duo who riff seamlessly back and forth with an absolute knowingness of one another. It’s the kind of shared carefree joy and outrageousness hilarity that can only come from knowing each other for over a decade. Their love of music comes from each of their families. On Jamie’s side, his dad: who got him into US rap – the big producers, mainly; people like Pete Rock, who inspired him to pick up an MPC and get into sampling and programming drums, such as the ones you’ll hear on a Babeheaven record. Then, in Nancy’s corner, her dad: who progressed from playing in a funk band, to being into blue-eyed-soul, to writing jingles for TV (“Green planet, or whatever”).

Essentially, to be around the Babeheaven extended family’s back catalogue of interests is to leave no stone uncovered. The pair work out of the same studio where Nancy’s dad writes his jingles, in among a potpourri of dusty old records, books, strange VHS releases, odd-shaped guitars – loads of junk, basically. It’s a curiously endearing place – not too far from the Portobello Road but just far enough, and definitely not on the tourist side – with a small winding staircase running from each of the building’s three floors.

Here, in this eccentric and singular building, is where they penned their first releases. Stuff like “Friday Sky”, “Your Love”, “Heaven” and “It’s Not Easy”. Though relatively light on the outside, these are deeply personal songs – the latter two especially, as they concern the passing of each member’s mother; first Nancy’s, then Jamie’s. They’re strong evidence of how Babeheaven balance and shift weight around with ease, in the vein of groups like Cocteau Twins, as well as the closeness between the two of them.