Exclusive insight into #CreateSyria: An evening sharing positive visions of the country’s future

To kick off the the Talking Peace Festival, FAULT attended the Create Syria exhibition. Presented by International Alert in partnership with House of Vans, the exhibition celebrates 30 years of building peace, from rebuilding trust in Rwanda following the horrors of the genocide, to now helping young people in Syria imagine a future free from violence.

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Grammy-winning musician La Roux

 

The multimedia installation explores how arts can help build a better future in the wake of crisis. Attendees are encouraged to take the time to pause and give due awareness to audiovisual interpretations and tellings of the hardships people are forced to face day after day. The featured artists have all undertaken projects working with displaced children, young people in refugee camps, and other communities across Lebanon. Their goal is to promote regrowth and creativity, and to, in the words of featured artist and actress Raghad Makhlouf, “help make teenagers dream again”.

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Attending the private view were Grammy award-winning singer La Roux and her mother, actress Trudie Goodwin (Sgt June Ackland in The Bill and Georgia Sharma in Emmerdale); activist and former actress Bianca Jagger; comedian and TV presenter Harry Hill (an artist in his spare time); and Invictus star Adjoa Andoh among others.

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Comedian Harry Hill

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Together, the artists involved in this exhibition join forces to create a vision for a brighter future in Syria. Create Syria is a poignant exhibition that not only raises awareness to stories of hardship, but more importantly carries out the imperative task of personifying the facts and figures that are constantly being thrown our way. Attendees leave the exhibition with an increased comprehension of Syrian people outside of newscasts, and a positive conviction that creativity and collaboration will always prevail in spite of the current crisis.

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The installation is open to the public from 22 September to 2 October 2016 at House of Vans in London.

You can find the organisers, International Alert and Talking Peace Festival, on Twitter.

Words Courtney Farrell

In conversation with Jamie N Commons

Jamie N Commons just might be the owner of the strongest, greasiest singing voice to have ever come out of London. Although he now spends half his time in L.A., he’s been doing Great Britain proud—so much so that his latest single, “Not Gonna Break Me,” has been featured in the BBC’s broadcast of the Rio Olympics.

 

Here, he chats with FAULT about archery, creative collaborations, and Dutch humour.

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FAULT: First of all, how did your voice become what it is? Because when I hear your music, I don’t picture an English dude with long, straight hair.

Jamie: I guess I was just trying copy what I grew up listening to: Ray Charles, Greg Allman, Johnny Cash, and all that kind of stuff. Luckily enough, I had the physical body to do it—the throat or whatever.

 

FAULT: What was the process that brought your song “Jungle” to life? Who wrote it, and how was the collaboration with X Ambassadors organized?

Jamie: Alex [da Kid] and one of his writers had come up with this beat and played for me and Sam [from X Ambassadors] as a possible track to write over. Sam had come up with this really good chorus, but he couldn’t get the verse down. So I was like, “Oh, I could probably lay something on that.” I think it was probably originally intended to be for only one of us or the other, but then it kind of sounded cool like a double man duet, so we ended up doing that.

 

FAULT: What about “Desperation” with Eminem?

Jamie: That was actually a full song that I wrote and recorded. [Eminem] heard the song, and we took my verses off and he did his own over it. So [the original version] is a full song yet to be released, but watch this space. Hopefully at some point it’ll see the light of day.

 

FAULT: How did you wind up opening for Bruce Springsteen?

Jamie: I’ve always had a really special time in Holland. It’s always been a bit of a fairy tale every time I go over. We played this show there one time, and I was talking to a promoter about our favorite bands and stuff. I was like, “Yeah, my dream is to open for Bruce Springsteen. He’s the best live act out there.” It turned out the promoter was putting on a show with him, and had a free spot on the bottom of the bill. He was like, “You know what would be funny? If I gave that spot to Jamie,” so he rang me up. I thought he was joking at the start, but then he was like, “Nope, let’s do it!.” It was part Dutch sense of humour and part great timing.

 

FAULT: Which is worse, L.A. traffic or London weather?

Jamie: I actually don’t have a car at the moment, so I’m doing the Uber. So the traffic doesn’t bother me too much because I can sit in the back doing the emails. But at the same time, I quite like miserable weather, so I don’t see either of them as a bad thing.

 

FAULT: With “Not Gonna Break Me” being used in the Olympic coverage, if you could compete in any Olympic sport, which one would it be?

Jamie: I just got super-into archery, so that would be cool. I feel like that’s like the least strenuous as well. You gotta train really hard, but comparatively to, I dunno marathon running, I feel like shooting bow and arrow all day is pretty good.

 

FAULT: What’s next for you?

Jamie: We’ve got some busy months coming up. At the moment, we’ve got three singles going on in three different territories. In England, we’ve got this song “Not Gonna Break Me” for the BBC. Over here in America, we’ve got “Low Life” with X Ambassadors and A$AP Ferg. We just did that one on Good Morning America last week (which was tough for the non-morning people like myself). And then in Europe, we’re currently in the top five with this Kungs collaboration I did with that new DJ, Kung. So we’re attacking all fronts.

 

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Jamie: Always having a beer or two too many. That unnecessary beer when you’re like, “Oh yeah, I’ll just have one little nightcap.” Always a bad idea.

Words Cody Fitzpatrick

Just try and resist this food-themed playlist from Digital Farm Animals

Digital Farm Animals has been making waves since his track ‘Millionaire’, a collaboration with Cash Cash, was playlisted by the UK’s biggest radios. Featuring both Nelly and an infectious beat, the track has been putting his name on the map. Here, he puts together a playlist of his favourite food-related tracks – what’s not to love?!

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  1. J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar- Forbidden Fruit

“That bassline – sampling at it’s finest matched with current day rap royalty”

 

2. Moby – Honey

“A veteran and one of the best all-time electronic music producers”

 

3. Gym Class Heroes – Cookie Jar

“A forgotten gem from a couple of year’s back right here”

 

4. 50 Cent – Candy Shop

“50 Cent – Getting dancefloors crunk since 2005”

 

5. Maroon 5 – Sugar

“Such a feel good video, gotta love these guys”

 

6. Rihanna – Birthday Cake

“Cake Cake Cake Cake….. Work Work Work Work. Repetition is a winning formula”

 

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

“This has stood the test of time and will never get old”

 

8. Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly

“Summer festival vibes. Every time!”

 

9. Notorious BIG – What’s Beef

“One of the greatest to have ever rapped”

 

10. Drake – Poundcake

“One of the greatest alive to rap”

 

11. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean

“By far the catchiest song of the summer 2016 (after Millionaire :-P)”

 

 

Millionaire, with Cash Cash and featuring Nelly, is out now.

You can find Digital Farm Animals on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

CUSHNIE ET OCHS

Laser cut fitted, tailored-to shapes that formally hug and trace the woman’s physical detailed curved shapes of the body, titled Cushnie et Ochs’s SS17 collection. Classical cream neutrals, peachy coral pinks and licorice black, noted foundational Cushnie hues, perfectly covered sharp sensual silhouettes. Black and pearl married into mirrored halves, gave us the two sides to every beauty, moment and art. Never a disappointment, only an intended holiday travel life extension to be experienced by every woman.

Words: Chaunielle Brown

Images: Henrietta Macpepple

ULLA JOHNSON

Beautifully breathtaking, Ulla Johnson gives dreamy bohemian vibes with their living floating tapestry flower panel. With creamy colored hues of light coral toned pinks, whisper whites and denim blues, these ethereal boho fresh garments were flowing with movement. Oozing femininity and twisted with a touch of indie Moroccan influences, twas’ a true flowery botanic whimsical dream indeed.

Words & Images: Whitney Lauren

MARISSA WEBB

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Marissa Webb delivered a reconstructed and independent story of the redesigned ‘working girl,’ filled with feminine silhouettes, sheen shined, light lit fabrics and a simple color meadow with vibrant color accents. Special features included ideal separates with inevitable transitions from the office work day, to cocktail-dinner event wear. The added hints of waved cuts and flares, fine tuned classic black and white checker board prints flowed flawlessly amongst the crisp whites, noir, army olive green, creamy and desert burnt neutrals and chartreuse pops of color. In essence, a lifestyle presentation of an adventurous modern day young woman that is able to exude a business strut and let her hair down for a skip stroll on the sunset town.

Words: Chaunielle Brown

Images: Jamal Peters

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