As part of a collaboration between Skepta and the Levi’s® Music Project, 12 students from the grime MC’s hometown of Tottenham performed in a special 'Music and Revolution' event at London’s V&A on Saturday night (November 5), the culmination of a series of workshops and monitoring from the ‘Konnichiwa’ star.
For the past two months, Skepta and his team have guided this group of youngsters towards the final performance, one inspired by the themes of the current V&A exhibition, ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’.
See the pictorial story of the night below.
The 12 students – Aaron Ferrucci, Conor Henry, Delano Heath, Hakeem Baker, Jason Mombele, Kali Mcloughlin, Makeeda Osei, Nina Hudson, Renee James, Sarah Eloho, Tom Amo, Rocky Admou and Tania Ait Neddour – prepare to take to the stage in Raphael gallery of the picturesque V&A.
Skepta oversees soundcheck. “I want to show the young generation that success is not something you search for externally, it is from within,” he says of his involvement.
Things start heating up. As well learning about music and production, the workshops also included tutorials on stage set-up and lighting design.
With half a million YouTube hits, rapper/singer Ta-Ha is one of the more established budding artists to take part in the project, and impresses on the night.
Aspiring rapper Delano Heath wears his admiration for his mentor on his chest as he hopes to emulate his hero’s success too.
Nina Hudson is reminiscent of Erykah Badu with her soulful RnB.
Skepta gets a little help from his students. “One of the best days of my life,” he goes on to tweet at the end of the night. “Pass this energy on to somebody who needs it and we’re on to the next. Greatness only.”
Skepta poses for a group shot with the students, who aim to make sure this isn’t the last time they share a stage with the grime star.
The Music and Revolution event draws to a close at London V and A. Levis held previous projects in New York, California and New Jersey, helmed by Alicia Keys, Vince Staples, and SZA respectively.