The Scal Zenitsen Tapes.

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The Zenitsen Tapes. Scouse Sci-Fi.
A Djembé LeNoire Story
"Live Life like a poem arrange things like they're in a painting".
Lao Tzu.

A comicSci-Fi crime-suspense thriller. The Cast:

Good Guys.
Djembé LeNoire: Investigative journalist, general kool dude.
Yevgeny 'Skal' Zenitsen: Sleazy jazz poet, and cultural activist.
Cilla Scharze: Student and party animal.
Kay Guevarra: Cilla's maternalistic mate, who holds a torch for Cilla.

Bad Guys.
Ivana Hunt: Head of Security Forces.
Vlad Kane: Top Mood Regulator, real bad guy.
Frenz Arin: Kane's lackie.
The Icemen: Kane's henchmen.
The Brigadier: Head of Institute of Creative Ethnicity / KG Mob.
The PM: Head of The Central Administration
The President of The ITKF: The Big Boss.
The Euro Club: KG Mog allies in Beatciti.
Hotspur: Head of The Euro Club.
Chess: Double agent.
Chalkie: Confused black Euro Club lackie.

Griot FM DJ's
Salif the Kalif: Asian King of the airwaves.
Pnom Penn Sven: Plays the Bamboo Boogie Beats
Susan the Cuban: World Music, and oddball selections.
Gino Lamborghini: King of the fast get-away !
The Doc: Rasta Herbalist
The Ship Possé.
Judah Manasseh: Dub poet, ninja.
Sammi Chong: Bass, Omni comp.
Lulu Watusi: Conga player.
Man Kofé: Poet-Musician
The Capn': Tour manager.


The Zenitsen Tapes is a tale of the illusive pursuit of justice, set against the minor themes of love, unrequited love, murder and revenge. The Zenitsen Tapes is a black comedy written by a blackman, that takes place in amidst the heady world of drugs, nightclubs, art-spaces, bistros, and hip-cafés.
Wild & wooly dissident jazz-poet/alternative comic Yevgeny Zenitsen, known affectionately as Skal to his friends, perilously escapes a series of assination attempts after attempting to raise awareness concerning the death in Regulator custody of a close friend. He flees The Smoke (London circa 2090 something, and eventually holes up in Beatciti (Liverpool ) where he enlists the aid of one Djembé LeNoire investigative journalist for underground radio station Griot FM.
Social control evolves around an over pertinant interest with music and the fashion industry which sees the Ukay-Bloc divided by a North / South divide known as the Fashion Rail. As well as divided the Ukay-Bloc is also annexed from the rest of the Eurobeing Nation States due to it's dodgey human rights record. A record that's been cosmetically doctered for the up and coming ITKF Tribunal, when reentry to the greater Eurobeing complex is up for review. Reentry is The Brigadier's dream, fuelled heavily by pressure from The PM. But The Norther Council think otherwise their ultimate aim is to rest central position from The Central Administration down in The Smoke, by destroying their credibility at the oncoming Tribunal. Djembé LeNoire suggests to them to get behind his 'Save our Skal Campaign'.
With the help of Griot FM, and promise of Norther Asylum, Skal's cause begins to generate a following that is starting to the affect the mood of the public in a way that threatens to blow The Brigadiers's dream. He places two of the Institute's top Mood regulators on the case. Ivana Hunt top ICE operative, and one time undercover of Skal Zenitsen, an affair that blew his operation and almost cost him his life. Ivana still carries a torch for Skal after getting in too deep, but she's in denial. Vlad Kane, ruthless KG Mob Regulator and loose cannon, suspects this and hates Zenitsen for it. Mostly because he has a thing for Ivana that he feels Zenitsen blocked. The Brigadier has teamed them up to watch each other. After a series of confrontations, shoot outs, and car chases Ivana has the chance to nail Skal and won't shoot. He escapes yet again.
LeNoire and Skal are hiding out with a group of musicians touring The North, incognito. Eventually Kane mutinies and kidnaps Skal's rich Upstrata, student girl friend Cilla Scharze, plump sleaze kitten in Sixties chic, as hostage in frustration. Taking Cilla prisoner Kane retreats to the subterranean maze of tunnels known as The Catacombs, in the hope of drawing Zenitsen out.
Meanwhile the campaign goes national. People are out on the streets, and Skal and associates are besieged by Neo-Nazi bikers as their repressed gay leader takes a shine to Skal. Eventually they get news of the kidnapping, and mount a rescue attempt that coincides with big decisions made way up top, above The Brigadier, above The PM, way up to The President of The ITKF J .Egdar Vax himself. The decision to appropriate Skal's campaign as a State affair by giving him amnesty, raising the whole affair as a cause celebré to use the propaganda on The Central Administration's behalf at the oncoming Tribunal. Skal is compromised but saved, as he evolves from material polemics to the path of spiritual liberation. His dissidant past now the property of The Cultural Industries Unit, to be recycled, a veritable caché of popular designer dissident commodities.

Table of Contents

The DNA Club..

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Tape 1. The Club DNA. In a small dimly lit smoke filled room at the back of the Café Chekov, a fairly large group of people are con... Read Chapter

Babes in The Hood.

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Tape 2. Babes in the Hood. Moonlight, salsa, sweat and a love sick saxophone that moans as it groans like a tomcat on a hot tin roof... Read Chapter

Cafe Chekov.

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Tape 3. Café Chekov . Mother Nature had given most of The Planet a pretty fair deal after the ozone depletion had been arrested, an... Read Chapter

The Brigadier.

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Tape 4. The Brigadier. Brigadier Buchan, known simply as 'The Brigadier' stroked his handle-bar moustache as he stared out of his of... Read Chapter


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Tape 5. Interrogation. "I'm just following routine, Kane" said Ivana in a flat, emotionless tone that underlined her control of the ... Read Chapter

Up North.

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Tape 6. Up North. Eventually like the slaves of old, during the first Trans-Atlantic Trade Alliance, Skal had to break North. This i... Read Chapter

Getting Ready.

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Tape  7. Getting Ready The very erudite Kay Guevarra, and her deceptively dippy, and quite dumpy if not so frumpy friend Cilla ... Read Chapter

Chalkie and Chess.

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Tape 8. Chalkie and Chess. Picture yourself in a café bar, Southside Ellate, Beatciti, The Greater Usen Complex a.k.a. The Place To... Read Chapter


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  Tape 9. Blackwood. Skal was in good humour his manic grin was at full stretch, as he combed back his blue-black locks with his f... Read Chapter

Interview With A Quagmire.

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Tape 10. Interview with a Quagmire. After the incident at the Club DNA things had mellowed out. There had been a certain amount of i... Read Chapter

The Fly-Alto.

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Tape 11. The Fly-Alto. It had been roughly  three months since the launch of the Save Our Skal Campaign, via the pirate radio s... Read Chapter

Poetry Workshop.

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Tape 12. Poetry Workshop . Cilla Shwarze, who generally as a rule only drank shorts, liked Beatciti. She like the way people just hu... Read Chapter

Up On The Roof.

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Tape 13. Up on the Roof. Since his emergence into the world of pirate radio. Skal had spent a lot of time down at The Oratory loosin... Read Chapter

The Gazebo.

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Tape 14. The Gazebo The afternoon sun flooded into LeNoire's front room in a shimmering cascade of speckled light. Special effects c... Read Chapter

Bad Pennies.

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Tape 15.  Bad Pennies LeNoire caught the vibe as the two shady figures approached, and with a flurry of questions, and hand g... Read Chapter

And The Beat Goes On.

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Tape 16. And The Beat Goes On. Cilla sat opposite Skal reading James Baldwin's 'Another Country', a copy that he bought her from Att... Read Chapter

Road Rage.

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Tape 17. Road Rage. Top KG Mob Mood Regulator, Vlad Kane had some nigglingly poisonous suspicions about Ivana's feelings for Zenitse... Read Chapter

Car Chase.

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Tape 18. Car Chase. The railway runs parallel with the coast road on the way to North Wales from Chester. On the right as you head S... Read Chapter

Post Card From Wales.

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Tape 19. Post Card from Wales. A few days had passed since Skal's apparant disappearance in Wales. Then one sunny day. The golden su... Read Chapter


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Tape 20. Betws Y Coed. LeNoire had enlisted the help of Gino Lamborghini. Gino was a boy racer from the substrata underworld where h... Read Chapter


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Tape 21. SHIP. Within half an hour of entering Hull city centre LeNoire, Skal and Gino were sitting in a Satcom Café. Gino had gaff... Read Chapter

The Blue Lamp.

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Tape 22. The Blue Lamp. It was their third night in Hull. That night the SHIP crew were set to do a gig at The Blue Lamp, an old -ti... Read Chapter

Return Service.

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Tape 23. Return Service. After the rather unfortunate breakdown in communication with the Hairy Yins that evening at The Blue lamp, ... Read Chapter

The Planning Meeting.

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Tape 24. The Planning Meeting. During the time LeNoire and the Ship possé had spent in Bradhdad they witnessed the arrival of nuff ... Read Chapter


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Tape 25. Jooped. "Your to be moved to another cell. I told you I'd arranged a little company for you. I think you and your new aqqua... Read Chapter

Fireball Exit Five.

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Tape 26. Fireball Exit Five. Skal had foolishly lagged behind, battered, bruised, slightly stoned thinking the worse was over. He ha... Read Chapter


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Tape 27. Epilogue. As Kane and Ivana walked across the Dread Square, away from ICE Central Control in the general direction of the n... Read Chapter

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