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HOOK Journal, Brother Portrait - Javie H




Image by Javie Huxley

The Hook mixtape is compiled through a series of music related questions. Each artist who fills it out can answer as many or as few of the questions as they wish, and elaborate on their choices, or let them speak for themselves. 

HOOK Journal, Brother Portrait - Javie H


Hadiru Mahdi (Brother Portrait)





Rapper and poet, Brother Portrait is part of South-East London music community, Steam Down and one third of hip hop trio Black/Other.

Press Clippings

 'A determined philosopher with commitment to social justice, he is more than capable of dropping concepts and facts that could blow a listeners mind effortlessly.' - Gal Dem

The last piece of music you paid for (streaming doesn’t count)

Footshooter - Technicolour nights


Your favourite place to listen to music

In the garden on a sunny day

A song which reminds you of your childhood

Singing sweet - when I see you smile

Your go-to karaoke song

Ma$e - Feel so good

A song which reminds you of someone you don’t see anymore

Bob Dylan - Girl From the North Country


A song which gets you in the mood (for dancing)

Mafikizolo ft Uhuru - Kona

A song which gets you in the mood (for romancing)

Denitia - the weekend

The soundtrack to your last holiday

Dwele - Some Kinda...

A song which has changed your mind

Gil Scott Heron - Jose Campos Torres

A song which makes you cry

Curtis Mayfield - Sweet Exorcist

A song which makes you laugh

The Smiths - Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

A song which gives you goosebumps

John Mayall - First Time Alone

A song which makes you feel empowered

Burning Spear - Don’t sell out


An artist you regret never having seen live

Cannibal Ox

An artist you hope to see live soon

79ers gang


A gig you’ll never forget

Omar Suleyman, Cambridge 2008

An album you know by heart

The Clipse - Lord Willin

A cover which is better than the original

Nina Simone - Mr Bojangles

A song you love in a foreign language

Kanda bongo man - Muchana


An instrumental song you love

Jyoti - The Black Mother

A song which gets stuck in your head

Jamie Isaac - Doing Better

A recent musical discovery

Angel Bat Dawid

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