It was good to catch up on this annual Serious-produced concert for the Metropolitan Black Police Association's Revival project, which is concerned with stopping the killing, and starting the process of healing the nation. Usually, the concerts take place on a day one's organising or presenting an African History Month event. This year, the lead time for this concert was so well in advance, I decided I'd not be otherwise engaged.
Nevertheless, I was late, thereby missing the short sets by opening act Divine Unity and Yolanda Brown (click to check out BBM interview with Yolanda Brown
). I however caught Carleen Anderson, who was in fine fettle, as usual, going through her own songs and covers. The recognition factor for 'Apparently Nuthin'' was electric.
After the intermission, there was a video roll call of all the youths that had lost their lives in recent times. Then the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) came and rocked the place with their uplifting songs, including the conte,porary gospel standard 'Oh Happy Day’ . Maxi Priest then closed the musical section with his smooth soulful reggae. What struck me, as he performed hits 'Strollin'' and 'Close To You', which had many in the audience up and dancing, was how this internationally successful British artist, who's top the US Hot 100, should be playing the support slot of a Shabba Ranks concert the following week.
Oh, LCGC were back to perform a Motown @ 50 medley, and we were also treated to some energetic and stylish street dancing by Vortex. We must not forget comedian and compere Curtis Walker, who held things together well, as did the very tight and musical house band Lifeforce. There was also a signer for the deaf.
As these Celebration... concerts happen every October, this is a reminder to make sure you book for 2010, and beyond. There are always enjoyable sessions - great atmosphere, good, classy venues, and a wide range of musical styles.