Kano might be known for spitting visceral, socio-political rhetoric from the underground, but he’s also got a softer side. More recently his gritty bars are undercut with brassy horn choruses and poppy piano tinklings. So it’s not a total surprise that for the grime MC’s latest Live Lounge appearance he chose to mash up one of David Bowie’s more sentimental hits.
Appearing on Radio 1Xtra, the east London rapper performed multiple versions of tracks from his latest album Made In The Manor. But it’s this touching tribute to Bowie which really catches the eye. Kano added soaring female vocals and some beautifully melancholic keyboard lines to his track ‘Strangers’, as well as a few key lyrics from Bowie’s hit. It’s the perfect example of the ex-N.A.S.T.Y crew member’s immense talent.
He’s just the latest in a long line of artists fighting to pay their respects to the late rocker. Most recently Pixies, Blondie and The Flaming Lips were just some of those to perform at a special tribute concert in New York. While former R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe played ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ on The Tonight Show back in March. Kano’s heartfelt rendition is definitely one of the most affecting though. Watch it in full below.