The kids were really excited to skype chat Vanley Burke, and asked some amazing questions, such as why he gave his aunty his radio and not his camera, as a parting gift (as he was leaving Jamaica for the UK).
Here is some end of session feedback:
Next session we are going to start writing lyrics proper, the kids chose roots reggae riddims they wish to sing bespoke lyrics over.
‘Marcus Garvey’ – Burning Spear:
‘Hail Him’ -Burning Spear:
Handsworth Revolution – Steel Pulse:
The young people amazed me; the selection I put together included The Abyssinians, Yabby You, Niney, Dennis Bovell, Leroy Smart, but they chose TWO Burning Spear tracks – and one which is quite moody. Impressed. Should have seen the dance moves during the listening section, teachers came in the room bopping away. 🙂