HEO+3 Music for Silence

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Written by Claire Dorey

From left: Acoustic guitarist Max Warner performs with Jazz singer Talibah Rivers. Next picture: DJ Ben Smith (just seen) with curators Selena Steele and Valerie Lambert, setting up the exhibition.

Portico Play List

Because Silence Is Over was tackling such a difficult and emotive subject of co-ercive control and sexual abuse we felt that our guests would appreciate some uplifting disco music and bonding female anthems, so we enrolled DJ Ben Smith to create a play list for us.

This is a list of the tracks Ben selected for us.

Love Hangover, Diana Ross. Victim, Candi Stanton. Let Me Down Easy, Rare Pleasure. Runaway, Loleatta Holloway. You Stepped Into My Life (7in mix), Melba Moore. Ain’t Nobody, Chaka Khan. I Want Your Love, Chic. I’m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair) [Radio Edit}, Inner Life. Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life, Indeep.  Let No Man Put Asunder, First Choice. Got to Be Real (Single Version), Cheryl Lynn. Young Hearts Run Free, Candi Stanton. Never Can Say Goodbye (Single Version) , Gloria Gaynor. Shame, Evelyn “Champagne” King. Was That All It Was, Jean Carn. Runaway Love, Linda Clifford. Somebody Else’s Guy, Jocelyn Brown. Thinking of You, Sister Sledge. Upside Down, Diana Ross. Good Times. Chic. I’m Every Woman, Chaka Khan. Don’t Leave Me This Way (Single Version), Thelma Houston. Le Freak, Chic. Lost In Music (1984 Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers Remix) Sister Sledge. I Feel Love, Donna Summer. Respect, Adeva. Finally (Choice Mix), CeCe Peniston. Too Blind to See It, Kym Sims. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (T-Empo Mix), T-Empo.

Ive put just a few links in so you can appreciate the flavour of the sound tracks Ben selected. Enjoy xx

Silence Is Over was open during the West Norwood Feast, an event which takes place on the first Sunday of the Month, from April until December, 10am–4pm, so on the Sunday after the Saturday Private View we decided to turn the day into an event by inviting local Acoustic Guitar Hero Max Warner and powerful Diva Jazz Singer Talibah Rivers to play two sets in the afternoon.


From Left: Julie Howell, Talibah Rivers, Claire Dorey in front of the ‘I am Woman Hear Me Roar’ billboard. It turned out to be synchronicity Sunday – we discovered the three of us were ex students of Janet Anderson at Goldsmith’s College, London University, Fine Art and Textiles course.

Talibah says “I have worked with a lot of great jazz musicians in London and have performed at many clubs including The Bull’s Head and The Vortex. I find interpreting the jazz songbook endlessly fascinating. I also work with Max Warner, a guitarist, with whom I sing popular jazz standards. We very much enjoy playing at parties and events where we aim to create a relaxed jazzy atmosphere.”

Talibah launched the first Tuneless Choir in London for people who feel they can’t sing, giving them the opportunity to experience the benefits of singing in a group with no judgement. It’s been an enormous amount of fun which has led me to launch another Tuneless Choir in Hackney.

Max Warner says, “Sound has become increasingly intimate and personal and it feels like a good time to be exploring and concocting songs. I have always been intrigued with the interplay between music and words. What notes surface, what words bubble up and what harmony emerges is a process I find endlessly fascinating.”