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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Showcase of rappers, singers and poets at 'Undiluted Talent' concert


Jul 19 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer

RAPPERS, poets and singers took to the stage in a showcase designed to bring young adults from different postcodes together.

Ten acts, whittled down from a shortlist of 20 who had sent internet videos of themselves to the organisers, were chosen to perform at a free family-friendly community concert.

Undiluted Talent was held at The Unity Centre in Church Road, Stonebridge.

Over three months, the team, all aged 16 to 20, met once a week to plan the event with the help of Addaction, a specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity based in Cobbold Road, Willesden, and a £700 grant from Harlesden’s ward councillors.


The charity’s youth substance worker, Davis Williams, said: “The remit was to show that young people can do something in their community and challenge the negative stereotypes that young people have and organise a performance for young people to experience.”

The content of all the lyrics sang or spoken had to be positive and inspiring rather than talking about subjects such as drugs, money and women.

Mr Williams added: “What was good about it was that it brought people from different postcodes in one space, which you’re not usually able to do.

“We had some spoken word artists – poets – and rappers and singers as well. We had performers from South Kilburn, Harlesden, Willesden and even south London.”

Organisers intend to hold another event in the October half-term and some of the young people have been invited to perform on Bang Radio, based in Harlesden.

Brent mayor Michael Adeyeye opened proceedings on Saturday, July 7, and performance poets Chris Preddie and George The Poet gave their time free to join in the day.

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