Hip-hop acts including Laura Mvula, Fazer and Wretch 32 to perform with BBC Symphony Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall
Music, like every other creative form, is a response to its context and yesterday’s Urban Proms concert lit up my day for that the Proms organizers understood and embrace this fact.
As it could have been expected, on the days building up to the concert there were questions, doubts and criticisms but after what one can only describe as an unforgettable experience, I am hoping that stereotypes are, once more, forgotten as London continues to lead by example.
The authentic quality in the sound of the voices of Laura Mvula and Jacob Banks, the intelligent lyrics of Wretch32 (“i remember coming home to my bags, the door wasn’t on the latch, but mum, I’ll always love you for that, only real women make a man” verse 1 from Doing Ok) and the energy, musical ability and story telling of Lady Leshurr. All under the gifted lead of Jules Buckley.
I, for one, will never forget this concert. And if you have not watched it, I would advice you to connect to BBC i player and do so… Do fast forward the presenters’ discussions as they were cringe worthy at times though.
See on www.theguardian.com