Raw Sounds DJ Latoya aka Layla Pars has been out on the Brixton circuit on Saturday playing at the 414 Club with Allowance Records Charity Album launch in support of Youth Musics’ Give A Gig. 

Allowance Records is proud to announce it’s first day time charity album launch party & networking event in aid of the National Foundation for Youth Music and their ‘Give a Gig’ Campaign. The FREE event was aimed at raising donations and awareness for the Charity as well as being a chance to network and have a great time doing it.
With a variety of different music styles and talents, Allowance Records embarks on their first Charity Release (Out 5th Dec) and they encourage one and all to come down and enjoy music and atmosphere while benefiting a worthy cause.
Music– Breaks / Electro – Dubstep – Drum’n’Bass 
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Friday night Raw Material DJ at HustleBucks live fashion show in Brixton Market to showcase the designers who represent the young fashion retail brand HustleBucks. 

HustleBucks was started by young people in association with 198 Contempory Arts & Learning in 2010. Their idea was to create a social enterprise for young people which will provide opportunities to learn and acquire new skills that will enable them to voice the issues that affect their lives and futures.

Raw Material’s own Miles and Latoya took to the decks in what was a great night highlighting the talent in fashion and music in Brixton!

Raw LEGACY event on Friday night, presented by Floetic Lara, saw a host of performers gathering to celebrate and mark Black History and Culture. As the finale to a week of music, poetry, freestyle, film and debate, the line up included an open mic section with the house band followed by  inspiring PA’s and readings from Principal, K Cire, Leen, Billy, Raw Bars crew and Potent Whisper, DJ Latoya on the decks. Then a Fela Kuti Afrobeat set from the Soothsayers with the ‘Youthsayers’ and some awe inspiring West African drumming and kora acrobatics from our special guests Afro Manding, joined by Mike Strocchi on bass and Tim Brown on tenor sax.


Brixton Village got a surprise on Saturday with the first performance of Invisible, the new Raw Roads production from Raw Material. Written by Potent Whisper and directed by Shir Freibach, Invisible explores issues and attitudes to the idea of home and belonging, immigration and xenophobia,  bought to life through a dialogue between a homeless busker, a policeman and an immigrant of Arabic heritage through ‘pop up’ street theatre performance. Supported by funding from the Arts Council, Invisible will be touring across four cities in the UK in 2015 as week long residential projects engaging local people in workshops, dialogue and group performances.





Raw Sounds, our programme of music workshops for people with mental health needs, was in the final shortlist for a Positive Practice in Mental Health AwardAs our programme made it down to the final 3 in the category – Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing, we were invited to attend the award ceremony. 
Raw Sounds – we are delighted to announce – were named the winners!
The Award ceremony was at Sheffield United FC on Thursday 24 October, attended by our Raw Sounds leaders Hannah Kemp-Welch and Indra Khera.
“We’re honoured to be recognised by these prestigious awards. Raw Sounds is a grassroots programme, which over the past four years has reached out to the most vulnerable in our community through a combination of peer support and artist-led practice. The outcomes have been astounding, and we hope to continue our work using music to ease pathways between mental health services and the community.”
An amazing achievement for our music and arts team at Raw Material’s Raw Sounds music for mental health programme.