RE:SOUND LEWISHAM JUDGES
The industry panel will shortlist entries and the winner from each category will be decided by public vote.
Mayor Damien Egan and Councillor Andre Bourne will select an overall Winner of Winners.
Meet our judges...
Damian Egan - Mayor of Lewisham
Lewisham is full of talented creatives and we want to give a platform to local talent and show the rest of the country what Lewisham has to offer. I am a big Eurovision fan, but don't worry, we are not expecting dance routines and costume changes, but we are hoping you all share your creativity and love of music. RE:SOUNDLEWISHAM is about celebrating musicians and artists and we look forward to receiving all your entries.
Councillor Andre Bourne
As cabinet member for culture, jobs and skills, I’m delighted to see Lewisham’s vibrant and creative community being given a platform to showcase their work.
In my role as Cabinet Member for Culture, I’ve had the privilege of seeing first hand the amazing and diverse talent that Lewisham has to offer.
Along with Mayor Damien Egan, I look forward to seeing your entries and choosing a Winner of Winners.
Jacob Sam-La Rose
Jacob Sam-La Rose is a poet, programme director, educator and editor. His poetry has been translated into Portuguese, Latvian, French and Dutch. He's been responsible for the Barbican Young Poets programme, the London Teenage Poetry Slam, Spoken Word Educators and a wide range of other creative development initiatives for young and emerging poets. His collection 'Breaking Silence' is studied at A' level.
Radio Producer, Presenter, & DJ. Teacher, Creative Development and Events Manager.
Shahlaa Tahira currently produces weekly Radio shows on BBC Radio 1Xtra and Asian Network. When she's not planning the next big guest or editing audio you will find her Presenting her own content for brands including; Pulse 88, the Roundhouse Badass Mums, & DiscoverLSQ. Shahlaa has always been a UK taste maker discovering Artist like Not3s, Nadia Rose, B Young and more. Shahlaa also provides private media and radio training to young people who struggle to gain access. With brands like Reprezent Radio, BBC, 4Music, Rinse FM and CapitalXtra on her CV, she is one to watch.
Wozzy Brewster OBE FRSA - The Midi Music Company
Wozzy Brewster is the Founder and Executive Director of twenty-five year old music education and talent development charity, The Midi Music Company (MMC) based in Deptford, inductee of the Music Week Women in Music Roll of Honour 2018, Artist Manager for Chainska Brassika and United Vibrations, creator of the innovative Creative Industries Careers Advice Service: CICAS® @ MMC, a Honorary Freewoman of the London Borough of Lewisham, Board Member of the BPI's Music Export Growth Scheme and co-founder of Second Wave. Through CICAS® she has supported hundreds of artists and bands to pursue professional careers within the music industry, including Shingai Shoniwa, Kate Tempest, Jazz FM Breakthrough Act Winner 2017 Yussef Dayes, Jazz FM Innovation & Live Experience of the Year 2019 Award Winners Steam Down, Jazz FM Jazz Act 2019 Winner Nubya Garcia, British Composer Award Winner 2017 Cevanne and many more emerging artists. She has experience of coordinating tours, booking gigs, gaining investment for artists and building artist teams, as well as coordinating single, EP and album releases.
Winston Blissett, Bass Guitarist
Winston’s interest in the bass guitar started in the Pentecostal gospel church when he was a teenager. In the years to follow he progressed through various bands performing live and doing studio recording sessions. Some of his recordings, later on in his career, have been with popular artists such as Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Massive Attack and Boy George plus others. This includes live performances at major festivals and large venues with the Massive Attack band and performing with other bands in between. His function work has been with bands such as the All Star Collective (ASC) comprising of other well-known session musicians, plus some studio session work for known as well as unknown upcoming artists.