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New Nine Beats Collective related African project

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We are so excited and encouraged that the Nine Beats Collective movement and message continue to reach out across the World.

The latest news is the launch of the “KOSI” project which is launching this September in East Africa. The project, led by Nine Beats Collective member Ambassada, features some of the biggest artists from Uganda and Kenya. KOSI is aimed at empowering as well as motivating kids and teens in East Africa and Africa at large.

Ambassada and his friends have re-visited and recorded a new version and interpretation of Ambassada’s song ‘Kosi’, the original version of which features on the Nine Beat Collective ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ album which we released.

One of the other artists featured on the new recording is also one of Kenya’s fastest rising stars Jabiddi. His journey is an inspiring story, from starting out living in one of Africa’s biggest slums called Kibera in Nairobi to a national music and dance star.

In a competitive musical market like Uganda, breaking through as a female artist is one of the biggest milestones Nina Roz has managed as she has emerged as a singer and model and is now one of the top five female artists in  Uganda. Nina brings a whole different vocal tonation plus an artistic approach like no other onto the KOSI project which is why we are so honoured to have her be part of the project. We know she will help inspire a whole new generation of female teens who have been thinking about giving up on their musical abilities.

We hope to share more news, photos etc as we receive them from Ambassada and/or the Nine Beats office. In the meantime keep it ‘Mseto’ as Ambassada and the team prepare to drop the KOSI project this month.

Nine Beats Collective official website (Click here)

To order Nine Beats Collective CD (Click here) or deluxe double vinyl (Click here)

Nine Beats Collective Facebook page (Click here)

Nine Beats Twitter page (Click here)




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Echo confirmed for KingsStock Festival

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Plankton band ECHO are playing at the 2019 KingsStock Festival on Saturday August 10th. The band will be playing at 2.00pm on the Garden Stage

Creating a place for creativity inspired by a life of faith, Kingsstock 2019 is a 4 day event offering captivating performances from over 40 UK based artists. 2019’s festival marks a special landmark for KingsStock as its their 10th year so they are inviting artists who have played at the festival before back to make the weekend a time of celebration, making it their best and most unfortgettable experience yet. This will be Echo’s third performance at the festival.

KingsStock 2019 is taking place at Moggerhanger Park, Park Lane, Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, MK44 3RW. Tickets (both weekend and day passes) are various prices and will be available on the gate but they are still available to order in advance at a cheaper cost (CLICK HERE)

To find out more about the festival, the full line-up etc, go to the official KingsStock Festival website (CLICK HERE)

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New Caleb Quaye Documentary releasing soon

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CALEB QUAYE is a renowned and respected guitarist having played with some major artists in the 70’s. The new up-coming documentary LOUDER THAN ROCK is a “rags to riches to rags to redemption” story with built in appeal to rock fans and faith based audiences alike. The 95-minute film chronicles the UK born musician’s journey from being a legendary rock sideman throughout the 70s with artists such as Elton John and Daryl Hall & John Oates to launching a very different, even more vibrant life in ministry and speaking and performing throughout the country.

Caleb, who Eric Clapton once called “the best guitar player in the world”, is now an Elder of Worship at The Church on the Way in Los Angeles and has been an ordained minister for 25 years and his connection to Plankton Records is that Caleb is part of NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE and his brilliant guitar work is all over their ‘Nine beats to the Bar’ album, as well as him contributing his jazz tinged composition ‘The Way of Peace’.

The documentary is due to be released in the early Autumn of 2019 and we know it’s going to be a brilliant inspiring watch.We’ll keep you posted with more news and info as we get it

For more details and a great in depth web article (CLICK HERE)

To watch the official trailer for the documentary (CLICK HERE)

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Nine Beats Collective to play USA festival

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The brilliant and acclaimed NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE are to play at the renowned Wild Goose Festival in the USA in July.

Quoting the festival website: “The Wild Goose is a transformational community grounded in faith-inspired social justice. When we come together for the nationwide festival we learn and grow by co-creating art, music, story, theatre, and spectacle, engaging in a wide variety of robust, respectful conversations with each other and with thought leaders and artists from other communities. We refuse to be enemies with anyone. We are hospitable to all and welcome people of all faiths, and no faith, to seek the common good together.”

Nine Beats Collective are currently due to play the MainStage at 8pm on Friday 12th July and on Saturday 13th they are playing both, the River venue at 3pm and the Cafe venue at 11pm.

“We are so pleased and thank Wild Goose for the invitation and we are looking forward to playing at the festival” said Nine Beats Collective creator and co-ordinator Steve Bassett. “The USA contingent will be out in force with (at least) Heatherlyn, Rev Vince Anderson, Eric Leroy Wilson and also Ben Grace taking part. As with all things Nine Beats there is a lot of on-going planning and organising! We’ll be posting news and update on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter sites as we progress and I’m sure Plankton will too!”

The critically acclaimed ‘Nine Beats to the Bar’ album is available on CD from this website (Click here) as is the wonderful double vinyl edition (Click here) and it is also available digitally on all major music download and streaming sites Worldwide

For the Wild Goose Festival website (Click here)

Wild Goose Festival tickets available via Eventbrite.com (Click here)

Nine Beats official website (Click here)


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Matt JR Hurley new release & festival gig

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Singer songwriter MATT JR HURLEY, who released his ‘Raising Questions’ EP on Plankton in 2016 has teamed up with fellow singer songwriter April Shipton and under the duo name of ‘Beyond The Mountain’ are releasing the single ‘One More Mountain’ on Friday 24th May. The single will be available on all leading digital music sites/platforms. (This is not a Plankton Records release)

“The response to the song and the whole Beyond The Mountain project idea has been brilliant” shared Matt. “We have and are doing several radio interviews and appearances, including Premier and UCB and just this week we’ve been able to confirm our appearance at Creation Fest 2019 in Cornwall”

Matt and April met at on a Christian songwriting retreat, where a common passion to share hope to those struggling soon emerged. With inspirational music and powerful testimonies, the pair of friends are a poignant reminder that whatever mountain we face; we are never alone, and there is always hope.

Matt’s Plankton EP “RAISING QUESTIONS” is still available on all digital music sites/platforms Worldwide and on CD from this website (click here)

For more BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN news/info check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondTheMountainTour/


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New Books with Nine Beat Collective connections

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Here at Plankton Records we’ve always counted it a great honour and privilege to be working with, and a part of, the whole NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE project. There are lots of reasons for this and one of them is because “the collective” goes way beyond just creating, performing and releasing some great music together. As well as songwriters and composers its fantastic to be working with poets and writers. Two of those writers have recently had new books published.

AARON NIEQUIST (who is also a brilliant songwriter and musician – check out ‘Lament’ on the ‘Nine beats to the Bar’ album) has published THE ETERNAL CURRENT. Quoting a press release:

“The Eternal Current is a call for Christians to move past the shallows of idealized beliefs and into a deeper, more vibrant, beatitude-like faith rooted in sacred practices and intimate experiences with God.

When the limits of his own faith experience left him feeling spiritually empty, Niequist determined God must have a wider vision for worship and community. In his search, Aaron discovered that there was historical Christian precedent for enacting faith in a different way, an ancient and now future way of believing. He calls this third way “practice-based faith.”

This book is about loving one’s faith tradition and, at the same time, following the call to something deeper and richer. By adopting some new spiritual practices, it is possible to learn to swim again with a renewed sense of vigor and divine purpose.”

Available from Amazon Worldwide. Direct links to book on UK or USA

ROZELLA (Roz) HAYDEE WHITE (who we had the pleasure of meeting and working with at the Greenbelt Festival in August 2017) has just published LOVE BIG. Again, quoting a press release:

“Love has the power to transform us – In the words of Mother Teresa, “We have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This lapse in memory has caused deep fractures and allowed fear, hatred, and division to infect our lives together. We’ve become disconnected from each other and from our very selves.

In Love Big, leadership coach Rozella Haydée White introduces readers to the power of revolutionary relationships. Modeled after the image of God as a lover, these relationships can heal the brokenness of our lives by crossing over the dividing lines of race, gender, religion, orientation, ability, identity, and class to provide relief and inspiration.

Revolutionary relationships will usher us into a reality marked by love, connection, and a belief in abundance. Revolutionary relationships lead us to love big – to love despite hardships and fear; to love in the face of despair; to love ourselves and others deeply and passionately; to love in ways that change us all.”

Available from Amazon Worldwide. Direct links to book on UK or USA

Both of these books are thought provoking and challenging brilliant and well worth checking out – as are their authors!

And while focussing on books we just wanted to remind you that the brilliant THE NINEFOLD PATH Notebook by Mark Scandrette & Danielle Walsh is available as a single book or in money saving packs (for group/church use) from the official Nine Beats Collective website, along with the LEARNING LAB GROUP GUIDE (the leadership handbook to go with THE NINEFOLD PATH notebook). To go to the official website (CLICK HERE)

Happy reading!!!

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Pete Ward announces new gig details

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Our long time friend, Mr PETE WARD, has just announced details of a new gig.

With a group of his friends, Pete (now a Theology Professor at Durham University) will be performing a set at the May event hosted by the Twice Brewed Brew House. Pete Ward 7 Friends will be performing a folk tinged and influenced set during the evening.

It is fantastic to see Pete performing again. His association with Plankton Records goes way back to the early 1980s when he met Plankton’s founder Simon Law on a mission in Hull. Their friendship grew from there and Pete went on to release a number of EPs/mini albums through Plankton right up until the acoustic folk tinged rock/pop mini-album “To Eric” by the duo TREVOR SPEAKS which consisted of Pete and percussionist/vocalist Dan Johnston. Pete remains a good friend of both Simon and Plankton’s other partner Keith Dixon

Most of Pete’s Plankton releases are available on all major digital music download and streaming sites Worldwide (just type his name into your preferred sites search engine) and some of Pete’s classic tracks appear on both the Plankton compilation albums “The First 20 Years” (PCDN 153) and “The Second 20 Years” (PCDN 174) and the slipcase set “Forty Years 1978-2018” (PCDN 175) – CDs available from the shop section of this website and also available on digital

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Vince Anderson of Nine Beats Collective recording new live album

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Our good friend and NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE member Vince Anderson is RECORDING A LIVE ALBUM & video documentary TONIGHT with his fantastic band “Rev. Vince Anderson and his Love Choir” at his regular Monday night residency at Union Pool , 484 Union Drive, New York, New York 11211.
If you can, please go down and be part of a great ‘happening’. For those of us who have seen Vince live we know that when performing he truly is a force of nature!!!
The band will be performing their usual 2 sets at 10pm and 12.30 and there is no entry/cover charge but they suggest a donation of $20 when the hat is passed round.
The venue website is www.union-pool.com
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New Plankton Playlists on Spotify

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Plankton Records partner Keith Dixon has just created and added the first three new playlists to SPOTIFY that feature the music of Plankton Records artists.

“I’ve been looking to do this for some time now” stated Keith, “with the aim of hopefully spreading the word on some of our artists and raising their profiles and having more people encounter and enjoy their music. It’s been great for me too as I’ve been listening to their music again!”

“Even though these releases are on my label and I actively helped create and release a lot of them you can easily forget how good this music is, because you are so busy work on everything involved in running a small independent label that you don’t have the time to just sit and fully enjoy previous releases unless you make the time to do so!”

The first three artists to feature on these playlists are PETE WARD, BEN OKAFOR & FRESH CLAIM

“There will be more Plankton Records Spotify compilation playlists coming” advised Keith “both artists based as well as other themed playlists”

Here are the links to the three playlists:

PETE WARD (Click here)

BEN OKAFOR (Click here)

FRESH CLAIM (Click here)

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40th Anniversary 1 Hour Radio Special

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Flame Community Radio are broadcasting a 1 Hour Plankton Records 40th Anniversary Special programme across this week. The team at Flame asked Plankton partner Keith Dixon to choose 12 tracks that outlined the journey and different musical styles released by Plankton over the years.

Keith reports, “It was not a case of choosing what I think are the 12 best/favourite songs that we’ve released – which would be a nearly impossible task for me anyway! – but finding the 12 songs by 12 artists that I thought best painted a sketch or outline of our long history and I decided to base this around our recent ‘FORTY YEARS 1978 – 2018’ double album release. I did an interview with John Cheek from Flame in October and after the interview he got me to record links/intros to each of  the 12 tracks. I’m looking forward to hearing it myself via the RadioPlayer app!”

Here are the broadcast dates and times:

Monday January 7th @ 4.00pm

Wednesday January 9th @ 7.00pm

Thursday January 10th @ 8.00pm

Saturday January 12th @ 12.30pm (lunchtime) & 8.30pm

Flame Radio broadcasts in the merseyside are of England on 1521 MW/AM. You can also listen to them via their website (CLICK HERE) or via the RADIO PLAYER or XIIALIVE apps ir on Internet Radio and on-line via TUNEIN or PURE.

To find out more about the 41 track ‘FORTY YEARS 1978 – 2018’ double album set (CLICK HERE)