Stepping Tiger Showcase

Stepping Tiger’s founder & resident DJ Ben The Roman drops in to shine light on today’s freshest acts of UK jazz and beyond.

Since 2018, Stepping Tiger has been showcasing live acts at the forefront of the UK jazz, soul and afrobeat scene, supported by eclectic and experienced selectors. It has hosted live performances from the likes of Theon Cross, Skinny Pelembe, Yazmin Lacey and local favourites The Remy Jude Ensemble.

Ben the Roman has been unearthing hidden gems & playing them out for over a decade. A deep love of digging has gained him a reputation for providing unique sets that are sure to have the dancers in full focus. His common record selection draws from tripped-out afrobeat to soul heart-melters; jazz to rare-groove, funky dancers to South American grails and much more.

This month’s Stepping Tiger showcase guest is writer and editor, Varaidzo. Her journey has lead her to previously become the digital editor at Wasafiri and the Arts & Culture Editor at gal-dem. She has also presented radio shows for BBC Radio 4, Reprezent Radio and Worldwide FM. She is the producer of the podcast Search History. Her essays and articles have been featured in The Guardian, New Statesman, and Dazed amongst other publications. She is a regular speaker with focus on making media and creative industries more accessible to BAME and young people.