Trying to narrow down exactly what BORN n BREAD do is a difficult task. The creative collective made up of Adelaide Lawson, Abigail Jackson, Chika Wilson and Olivia Jackson is as likely to be found hosting on NTS Radio, curating club nights and DJing as they are hosting panel talks and producing acclaimed fanzines.
They first came to attention in 2014 with their first publication, BLACK. ‘It was a homage to the nostalgic culture we had grown up in,’ says Lawson. This first issue was followed by the DIARIES installment, and latest edition, AFRICAN TALES ZINE. This issue is described as the result of ‘a time of group cultural discovery’ and sees their aesthetic – scrapbook collages of cultural reference points, playful typography, eye-popping neon that they have previously described as ‘raw around the edges, an imperfect clean mess’ – applied to everything from a Fila fashion story to true-life photo drama.
‘Growing up in Peckham we hardly went to club nights there,’ says Lawson of where their worldview was formed. ‘However, we loved going to house parties where friends would DJ and local MC's would spit a quick 16. Growing up we attended tons of Junior Jams, hosted then by Choice FM.’ The group are now to be regularly found at Work It (‘a guaranteed good night out, the environment and music is amazing if you want to sweat your night away dancing’), east London hip hop night Living Proof, or their own Born n Bread parties. Usually staged at Peckham basement bar Rye Wax, their sets string together a free ranging mix of R’n’B, Afrobeats, South African house and west African hi-life.
‘What makes London special for nightlife is the amount of unique nights you can go to,’ says Lawson. ‘The beauty of cultures that thrive in London is a wonderful thing. Whether you're a Londoner or just passing through, London caters to everyone regardless of what kind of music you are into. Plus the influx of new DJ and producers always creating some special music…you can't want to stay at home.’
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