Sid Ozalid & Jimmy Jazz release an EP, ‘Ne Ne Boy’, on Oatcake Records.
Ozalid, a poet and author, is has recorded the three tracks to help him recover from a debilitating brain injury, having suffered a life-threatening concussion 18 months ago and moved back to the UK at the start of 2019 to access better medical care.
Since March this year he has gone on to perform around his native Scotland and made live performances in Paris, Amsterdam and New York.
Initially, he found this experience extremely challenging. “At the first show in Aberdeen I felt very shaky on my feet and was I barely able to remain standing when people laughed or clapped,” says Sid. “Fortunately, the live shows became a source of therapy with each performance got easier and better.”
“I count myself lucky, last year I could not walk and talk properly, and here I am back on stage and recording new material”
Sid Ozalid first burst onto the scene in 1978 as a “One Legged Tap Dancing Poet”, opening for the likes of The Clash, Simple Minds and The Specials. He published a number of poetry booklets and postcards, and released a EP/Book ‘Songs and Stories from a Suitcase Extravaganza’, and for five years in the 90’s wrote and performed a weekly radio show, ‘Invisible Radio’, and performed at the Moulin Rouge and the Edinburgh Fringe.
In 2011, his book ‘Mr Elastic Brain – The Life and Poems of Sid Ozalid’ was in the Amazon best selling poetry top 5 for over three months and saw Ozalid, who is dyslexic, receive an award from the British Dyslexia Association.
For the new EP, he teamed up with long-standing friend Jim Shepherd from the Jasmine Minks – the Aberdeen combo one of the first signings to Alan McGee’s Creation Records.
Also involved with the series of EPs of music set to Ozalid’s poetry is Fred Wilkinson of legendary Aberdeen punk band, Toxik Ephex, with an album planned for later in 2020, its working title ‘40 Years of Sid’.
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