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Top names support benefit gig and charity album

A load of top names from the world of beats and bass music are lending their support to a benefit gig this weekend (Saturday 14th June) and a 25-track double-CD compilation album in support of a leukaemia charity.

Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Deekline, the Ragga Twins (pictured), Tippa Irie, Seanie T, Daddy Freddy, Slamboree Soundsystem, Ray Keith, Terry Hooligan and Genesis Elijah are just some of the names turning out this weekend in support of the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. 

The daytime event at Brixton Jamm kicks off at lunchtime and finishes at 10pm, just in time for people to make their way to their chosen destination to watch the England vs Italy match that kicks off at 11pm. MCs will supply the rhymes, DJs the beats, and a BBQ the grub.

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The event and comp have been inspired by the untimely passing of Sonia Akow, a DJ, label A&R and PR associate who was immersed in the scene until she died a year ago.

Sonia was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2012, and a plea was put out for a bone marrow donor. The beats and bass scene united to stage a benefit gig in March 2013, raising nearly £15,000 for various leukaemia cahrities, but sadly Sonia lost her fight for life on July 3rd 2013.

The Ragga Twins, Deekline, Freestylers, Aquasky, Atomic Hooligan, T-Power, Pyramid, Jay Cunning, Ben & Lex, the Moody Boyz and Lawgiverz are among those who've donated tracks to the compilation — entitled 'Push Play', named after Sonia's PR operation, Push Promotions. The comp is being released on Botchit & Scarper, who Sonia did A&R for and recorded as SOTO with partner Toby.

Everyone at Saturday's gig will get a free copy of the album, and after it goes on sale all proceeds will also go to the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. Advance tickets here 

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