My experience of gang culture is limited. I have made beats with young people who happen to be part of gangs, I have tried to mentor young people classified as ‘at risk’ to make the right choices and have learnt about postcode tribalism. One young person I came across said he was not supposed to have a certain beat on his phone because it was linked to a different postcode tribe.
You hear about it on the news but when you witness the repercussions of gang culture live; it is scary and heartbreaking at the same time. No remote control to help desensitize you, no volume button to block out the noise. The bus driver did nothing, none of the male passengers did anything. 2 female passengers had to stop the events getting worse- (I don’t sound very feminist).
I heard that Birmingham jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch is working with young people caught up in gang culture to be mentored and creative through music. I’d love to know more. I’d love to do more, I feel spurred on to be more active after what I had to witness this afternoon. I hope that young person is okay.