Karaoke goes hip-hop

TWO new karaoke nights with a twist show that the tacky crowd pleaser is back with a bang. Karaoke swept into the UK in the 1980s from Japan, and has been a favourite at hen parties and cheesy nights out ever since. And now it is more credible than ever.

TWO new karaoke nights with a twist show that the tacky crowd pleaser is back with a bang.

Karaoke swept into the UK in the 1980s from Japan, and has been a favourite at hen parties and cheesy nights out ever since. And now it is more credible than ever.

First up tonight (Thurs) is hip-hop karaoke at The Star of Bethnal Green, Mulletover promoter Rob Star's Bethnal Green Road pocket-sized pub-club.

So if you think you'll be able to conjure up some Rapper's Delight, you've got a Message or have Know How, then this could be for you.


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Free entry and a free drink to anyone who gets to perform on the night.

A Star spokesman said: "Dash to the side any notions of a cheesy hip-hop night with some X-Factor wannabes. No pop instrumental with a cheesy lyrics on a corny big screen. We're looking for up-and-coming Dizzee Rascals or Estelles to show they're an impersonator's dream and belt out the old school classics.''

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For information, go to www.starofbethnalgreen.com or call 020 7729 0167.

Meanwhile on Friday at The Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, there's SoulBrew Karaoke - your chance to belt out your favourite Motown anthems in front of a five piece band.

It is also an Aretha Franklin special, to commemorate the Queen of Soul's 67th birthday.

A spokesman said: "SoulBrew have always led the way when it comes to having a fun night out with a great soul-drenched soundtrack and now everyone can be an even more integral part of that night.

"As well as the usual soul and disco favourites we have in the SoulBrew karaoke, we have hand-picked a selection of the diva's classics for our soul boys and girls to get their chops around.

"Expect Respect to be treated with just that while we Say A Little Prayer at some of the less naturally gifted singers give us all a laugh.''

Admission �4. More info at www.soulbrew.com.

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