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Kelly Brook embracing 'naked month'

She has shed her clothes for a Playboy shoot and a movie

Kelly Brook has revealed she is fully embracing nudity.

The model and actress has shed her clothes for both a Playboy shoot and the movie Piranha 3D, which come out just a short time apart.

Kelly said shedding her clothes for the Playboy shoot was an accolade.

"It's a little bit embarrassing but I was excited," she said as she attended the Breakthrough Of The Year Awards in Los Angeles. "Playboy is something that I always wanted to do but I wanted to make sure it was the right time, the right concept and everything."

The former Strictly Come Dancing star explained: "Having this movie coming out where I get to make out underwater with a porn star naked, I just thought, 'Why not just embrace it and make this month my naked month where everything I do is naked?'"

The 30-year-old said she loved the retro styling, where she wears a bowler hat, bow-tie, cuffs, black lacy underwear and clutches an umbrella.

She joked there was "not much thinking involved in posing for Playboy".

"It was fun to play and get into character, dress up a little bit," Kelly added.

Piranha 3D comes out in the UK on August 20 and Kelly's Playboy shoot appears in the September edition.

By The Press Association

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The Rough Guide To Salsa Dance CD

Dance to new, spicy and infectious Salsa rhythms

Feisty and free-spirited, Salsa Dance is the Latin dance groove taking the world by storm and a new stunning Rough Guide shows you why.

The Rough Guide To Salsa Dance released by World Music Network, gives you an opportunity to learn the moves and hone your skills with a free instructional DVD.

The grande dame of Buena Vista Social Club fame, Omara Portuondo brings a buoyant and sophisticated touch to the classic flute and strings charanga orchestra of bygone 1950s Cuba on ‘El Madrugador’, a guajira cha-cha-cha about the beautiful Cuban countryside.

Latin Giants Of Jazz feature an all-star line-up from members of the former Tito Puente Orchestra and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and on ‘Miedo Al Cha Cha Chá’ they revisit a seminal recording from the classic NYC Latin big-band era of the 1940s and 1950s.

Previously with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Willy Torres and his NYC Salsa Project produced the killer track ‘Baila Con Sabor’ with renowned DJ Henry Knowles.

Willy’s distinctive voice also features on the 3D Ritmo De Vida track ‘Oyelo’, along with veteran sonero Herman Olivera. With a little Cuban-style timba in it (that’s Ricky González on piano, Chembo Corniel and Chino Nuñez on percussion) this cut has some interesting trap drumming and guitar.

Today’s salsa dancers crave the occasional boogaloo, and Fruko Y Sus Tesos oblige us here with a fantastic example of a pumped-up Colombian version on ‘Sale El Boogaloo’. A Fruko Y Sus Tesos veteran, when Joe Arroyo broke out on his own, he created a whole new universe of Afro-tropical spice. His track here picks up the pace towards the end, leading the dancer into hotter territory, and is a great example of infectious Colombian salsa at its best.

Bronx veteran pianist Wayne Gorbea and his rock-steady Salsa Picante crew are the perfect salsa dance orchestra for all levels of dancers. The prominent clave and guiro groove on ‘Ven Baila Conmigo’ help you lock step and the punchy brass help you lift your feet. Featuring piano maestro Leonel ‘Papo’ Ortega and tres guitar player Junior Rivera, Cubanoson inject enough swing and sabor típico (typical flavour) into ‘La Fiesta’ to keep things exciting all night long.

Steeped in spicy and infectious rhythms, The Rough Guide To Salsa Dance is an innovative package including an instructional DVD alongside the talents of artists such as salsa dura mavericks Bio Ritmo and La Excelencia and the phenomenal pianist Alex Wilson on the music CD.


Joe Arroyo Y La Verdad, La Excelencia, Gilberto ‘Pulpo’ Colón Jr, Wayne Gorbea’s Salsa Picante, Bio Ritmo, Alex Wilson, Cubanoson, Willy’s NYC Salsa Project, Alex Torres Y Su Orquesta, 3D Ritmo De Vida, Fruko Y Sus Tesos, Latin Giants Of Jazz & Omara Portuondo

Bonus DVD: Salsa Crazy: Learn To Dance Salsa


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Ayanna Witter-Johnson at The Cluny

She has developed musically from a diverse background of mixed cultures.

Unique and captivating, Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a composer, vocalist and cellist who has developed musically from a diverse background of mixed cultures.

After extensive collaborations with two of the UK’s most groundbreaking artists - Nitin Sawhney and Courtney Pine - and a year spent developing new work in New York, Ayanna has composed new material for her trio which comprises Fraser Fifield, the astonishing piper and low whistle player who is equally conversant on soprano saxophone and the amazingly inventive pianist Robert Mitchell. The music that you hear tonight has been developed as part of a Dartington Residency in collaboration with Serious.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson: vocals and cello; Fraser Fifield: pipes, whistles, bagpipes and soprano saxophone; Robert Mitchell: piano.

“Cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson has to be heard to be believed. Her self-assured style blends a honey-sweet vocal delivery with bewitching, and bewildering, cello-playing.” (Mike Flynn, Time Out).

10th August
The Cluny
36 Lime Street
0191 230 4474

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The Refuge showing at the Barbican Centre

The film explores deep themes about death, life and love

Mousse and Louis are young, beautiful, rich and in love. When Louis dies of a drug overdose, Mousse discovers that she is pregnant and runs away from Paris to a house in a small village on the French coast to try and sort herself out.

With a mesmerising performance by Isabelle Carré (who was actually pregnant during filming), Francois Ozon’s latest film explores deep themes about death, life and love, set against the idyllic background of rural France.

France 2009. Dir. Francois Ozon: 90 min. In French with English subtitles.

13th to 19th August
Cinema 1
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tickets: Standard - £7.50 online (£9.50 full price) /Barbican Members - £6.50 online (£7.50 full price) /Concessions £7.50
Box Office & Membership 020 7638 8891

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D.O. Misiani & Shirati Jazz's rare hits released

"The King of History: Classic 1970s Benga beats from Kenya"

A few years after the death of the Benga Maestro Daniel Owino (D.O.) Misiani, Sterns Music has released a special CD featuring his classic hits of the 1970s.

Misiani and his Shirati Jazz played a key role in the creation and development of Benga music.

Listening to this 14 track CD titled “The King of History: Classic 1970s Benga beats from Kenya” makes one re-live the early stages of fine tuning of Benga music, with youthful Misiani and his band playing quite energetic and danceable music.

This is a rare collection of Misiani’s hits which were not easily available since all of them were previously released on vinyl only, and mainly distributed in Kenya.

Misiani addressed different subjects in his music. Unlike many Benga musicians who mainly compose love songs, most of Misiani’s compositions were praise songs in honour of societal heroes. He was a political commentator and to some extent, a political prophet who successfully prophesised political events in Kenya and many African countries. He used his music to condemn injustice and lobby support for politicians he believed had the interests of the people at heart. His criticism of oppressive regimes made him spend some time in prison or flee for a while to Tanzania, his home country.

Misiani was known as “Mwalimu” (Swahili word for teacher) because of his political and social commentaries, in addition to the fact that he taught music to most Benga musicians.

One can only hope that more of those rare and unavailable hits of Misiani are on the way.

To listen to some exclusive preview tracks from “The King of History: Classic 1970s Benga beats from Kenya,” please log on to or

Giko Piny
Wang Ni To Iringo
LK The Pretty
Safari Ya Garissa
Mary: Part 1
Mary: Part 2
Ngeruok Joshirati: Part 1
Ngeruok Joshirati: Part 2
Simaya Chunye Oketo
Harusi Ya MK
Christina Jaber

By Stephen Ogongo


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