Full Flava Arts, Entertainment & Promotions
Full Flava was established way back in 1996. I was in my 1st year at the University and I needed a regular source of income. I was introduced to a guy called Scott who was running the Students Union Nightclub Venue "Strand Close". They would hire it to student promoters for next to nothing but would take a small percentage of the door takings to cover their overheads such as hiring bouncers.
That way everyone was happy and we had free use of the photocopier to print off our flyers and posters.
This was where I held my first Full Flava event in partnership with my good friend Vincent Okenyi who after our first successful event decided to leave. We split our profits and I wished him well.
I was offered a residency and began to hold regular Full Flava events with various Djays on rotation each month. We continued here for 2 years until the venue closed and we transferred our night to the University Students Union Venue on Cottingham Road. This time it was a straight hire but the same set up on rotation with "Eat Your Words" a well established underground hard house movement and a couple of other student nights.
At this time i was approached to to do a night at The Room.The night was called "Nuttin but the Funk" . Every Thursday upstairs it was a cosy 'rammed out' vibe. This went on for 3 years and it was a very successful night. They was an extensiion on the club after that they moved our night downstairs which killed the vibe. From it being intimate and cosy we were now left with an oversized cold dark room. I wasn't liking it in the new locatiuon so i decided to discontinue my night there.
Full Flava have always been involved in organising events in and around Hull and Yorkshire.
The Grassroots Festival of was held locally in Pearson Park Hull. It was a festival of local, national and international music, art and dance. The aim was to celebrate the rich array of culture and artists that this City has to offer. Together with my collegues Richard and Lou Duffy Howard we ran the Grassroots Festival between 2002- 2009 and by 2007 the Festival became a 2 day one held in Queens gardens on Saturday. Some would say 3 day because events linked to the Festival would commence on the Friday with the Festival finishing on the Sunday the main event at Pearson Park.
I simply cannot go into detail to mention al the promotions over the years to the present but the hopefully the flyer gallery and this information will give you an idea.
Bar Ambika -Sunday Night R'nB
Mainbrace- Hip hop and R'NB
The Adelphi Club-Hip Hop and Reggae events and collaborations such as Hullip Hop, Ras Natural, I n I Oneness, Urban Trendz shop promotional events, Black History Month Showcase
Zest Bar- now known as Ella Street Social- Regular Djaying and eccletic selection of funk, jazz, soul and motown. This also included Band showcase nights for The Wilberforce Connexion a World Music Project which was funded by the Arts Council. We produced a Cd, DVD and Booklet highlighting some of Hull's best International Musicians in 2009.
Hull has recently won The UK City of Culture status for 2017 as a result Full Flava Arts will be funded to deliver part 2 The Wilber Connexion for the 2017 celebrations.
Hessle Road Carnival and Pram Race- provided music and running commentary for the pram race. Full Flava stage was set up on Massey Street Field with perfprmances from Floor Mammals (breakdancing), Sambalada (drumming group) Daniel Rythm (soul r'nb singer), Scribble (street dance)
Fruit Bar Humber Street- Black History Month Hull Afro Carribean Local Artists Musical Performances
Hull World Cup 7 a side Football in conjunction with Goodwin Centre @ Hull University playing fields and Hull City AFC 7 aside football courts provided musical and dance entertaiment.
Urbanize a one off Hiphop Festival held in People's Park Grimsby. We trained young djays from Youth Offending and referral projects who performed successfullly for their first time live on stage infront of crowds of people.