I’m sure you’ll agree 2020 has been, and continues to be, a challenging year for all of us. One of the issues that has had a profound impact on me, as it did for many of us, was the brutal killing of George Floyd. It caused me to think and reflect on my own experiences of racism growing up in England and about how we move forward to bring an end to racism.
By way of processing trauma from the past, I’ve cathartically written a rap which speaks about the need for real conversation that leads to lasting change – this is reflected in the title of the track - ‘Come Closer’.
Come Closer is a personal, semi-autobiographical track that talks about the challenges of racism and the power of unity & hope. The vision of this project is that it will engender a conversation about race and equality in many different settings and there’s already a resource being developed alongside it to be used within educational establishments. The song and music video will be released later in October as part of Black History Month.
Directed by Tim Bassford of Turbine Creative, a number of local Nottingham creatives worked in partnership, investing their time and resources to bring the project to life in the official music video; including the Nottingham Playhouse and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies under the umbrella of FreeCreate.
I am available for interviews, performances, teacher training in the area of diversity in education, school assemblies or simply for an informal conversation about race and equality.
It would be great to hear from you and to talk about the possibility of working together. You can contact me here.