A few years after New York saw an explosion in Jewish musical talent blending their Eastern European roots with contemporary sounds, London is catching the groove with artists and performers expressing their Jewish identity through music.
One of the names bubbling in the underground and looking to break through is collective outfit GhettoPlotz.
Combining the musical interests and talents of founder Tanya Winston and Mark White and working with additional artists, Ghettoplotz have been gigging for a year.
"I always wanted to combine Jewish music with my love of dance music," said Tanya aka Little Miss Tan. "The reaction to our first gig, in an Arabian tent at Limmudfest, was amazing. It showed me what power music can have when it combines a deep heritage and tradition with modern upfront sounds – it taps into the subconscious connections to culture and religions, as well as getting you rocking on the dancefloor."
Adding to the collective are violinist and vocalist Laoise Davidson, who also works during the daytime for the Jewish Music Institute and VJ Miki Grahame who has a background in computer games design.
"We want to bring traditional Jewish, Eastern European and Middle Eastern sounds to a wider club audience," added Mark. "...and also to make music which connects with Jews who love dance music and partying."
On April 1, GhettoPlotz will be performing as part of a new club night Yid Kandy at Clockwork, 96 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB.
For more information: www.ghettoplotz.com