Kenny Wesley


Prior to appearing at The Montreux Jazz Festival Kenny has two dates in Bristol – We are honoured to present him at Soulfreedom live at The Fringe Clifton on 5 July and with Soul Freedom on the OneLove stage at St Pauls Carnival on 6 July

Soul Freedom and Soul Freedom Live – Events and Radio

Soul Freedom and Soul Freedom live events – Soulful Happenings in Bristol this Summer, so if you like new Soul, stop by on any of the foling:

New Yorks Rhythm and Soul Radio- – 3rd and 4th Sundays 9pm

Pulse Radio – Monday nights – Soul Freedom with Mike Ashley

Passion Radio – every other wednesday 7-9 Soulfreedom Live with Rozaya and Beki

SoulFreedom Live
First Fridays of the month – The Fringe Clifton Live Soul, Urban and Spoken Word with New Independent Soul Acts from all around the UK and locally. Next up July 5 we welcome Kenny Wesley from Washington DC. Friend of Soul Train Rozaya is one of our resident artists.

This Saturday afternoon 15 June we are at the Migration Festival with live music and some top tunes.Rawnsley Park, Easton

We also have a spot on the OneLove stage at St Pauls Carnival on 6 July also featuring from the USA Kenny Wesley plus Soul FreedomLive support.

We are working on an Emancipation Day Party at The Plantation but this is TBC (4 Aug)

Soul Freedom at Migration Festival Stapleton Road Bristol June 15


Stapleton Road Festival of Migration
Main Stage

Act Description Time on and duration
Mike Ashley – warm up set 1pm – 1.45pm
Simon Kholi Indian classical drumming 2pm – 2.15pm
Soul Freedom Ian Perry Acoustic / Rhianna Glass 2.15 – 2.45pm
Afi Dance Traditional African dance and drumming 2.45 – 3pm
Soul Freedom Ellis, Wish, Dash – hip hop 3pm – 4.30pm
Rozaya Hopkins
Skrilla UGQ
Beat Den
MC Mikee Freedom ‘Devotion’
D’S Streets Street dance crew from Southmead 4.30 – 4.40
Bristol Homegrown Showcase Niya OTM, Ashante Lake, Kev the Poet, Kilaze 4.40-5.20
Linda B and Dallas Reggae 5.20-5.40
Zippa Tafari Reggae / Soca / fun 5.40 – close 6pm


Who What Time and location
Rebecca Tantony Women’s poetry workshop 2-3pm – gazebo
Jade Kumiko Arts Carnival crown making 2.30 – 4.30pm Highett Drive Community Room
Carol Sherman Junk And You – Reggae collage and Anansi colouring competition 2- 3pm – Highett Drive Community Room
Kofi Leo Drum circle Stone circle on hill – 2.30pm then intermittent
Dr Joel Peace of Mind sessions with Dr Joel 3 – 5pm on the bus
Rozaya Singing workshop 3-3.30pm gazebo
Batch Gueye Senegalese dance workshop 3.30-4.30pm field
Edson Burton Storytelling 4.30 – 5pm gazebo
Monika Sehdev Bhangra dance workshop 5-5.30 field

Also live mural by Yeyo Riancho

Traditional games by Playing Out

Soul Freedom Live at The Fringe Clifton Bristol

We have a monthly residency at The Fringe, 32 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol on the First Fridays of every month.

This is a live music showcase presented by our host Rozaya Hopkins and supported by our house band The Thorns.

We also feature Soulful Art curated by Beki Wills, and DJ for the night playing predominantly Independent Soul is Mike Ashley.

We have a featured artist monthly plus support. Our resident performers also are Rozaya and Zion Flex. We encourage collaboration and network and have an open format for any musician or artist in the room. We hope our format is loose, friendly and embracing rather than being artists just doing their set where the support acts are ignored. All our artists are equal whether top of the bill or not.

Our headline acts to date have been
Aaron Douglas
Juliette Farrell (from Birmingham)
Bashiyra (from London)
In July it will be Kenny Wesley (from Washington DC)

Our residents
Zion Flex/Testimony MC

Our guests
Skrilla UGQ
Kizzy Morrell
Victoria Anderson
Nathaniel Lewis
Ian Perry