Will Smith planning UK gigs with Jazzy Jeff this summer

Actor and musician also gives the latest on his Oscars boycott

Will Smith has announced his plans to play live in the UK with DJ Jazzy Jeff this summer.

The duo released their hit single ‘Summertime’ in 1991 and briefly reunited in 2013 for an appearance on The Graham Norton Show. Smith appeared on the show again last night (January 29) to promote his new film Concussion and talk turned to music.

Having returned to music in 2015, releasing his first new track in a decade, Smith told Norton that he has been busy recording and will also tour later in the year.

“I’ve been working on something and this time I’m not lying!” Smith said. “We’ve recorded about 25 songs and have four or five I actually like. Jeff and I will be back here this summer to do shows – real shows.”

Elsewhere in the same interview, Smith elaborated on his decision to boycott next month’s Academy Awards.

“I felt very seriously that there is a regression in America in general towards separatism and racial and religious exclusion, so for me, it’s more about putting my hand up and reminding my community, the Hollywood community, that we have to lead,” he said.

“As my grandmother said, ‘lead with love and light and good is only going to come out of it.’”

Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife, have also announced that they will be boycotting next month’s Oscars ceremony, which takes place in LA on February 28, hosted by Chris Rock.

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