Music For Health – Fela Kuti’s ‘Sorrow Tears and Blood’. The greatest protest song ever.

I lived in Toxteth, Liverpool for a while. I was delivering an urban outdoor education programme. At night I listened to a pirate radio station called TCR or Toxteth Comminity Radio. One DJ was called Encosi Fly. He played Fela Kuti's 'Sorrow Tears and Blood' every night as his closing track. Like the thing about metal below, MOBO always seemed to me to provide an outlet for the grasping of the polemic and the political and render it personal. Music is a healing force in so many ways.

Heavy metal is a ‘bloodletting for the emotionally engaged’ according to a new book

The album of my 16th year was 'Who's Next' by the Who. On it was 'Baba O'Riley' and 'Won't Get Fooled Again' I am over 60 and to this day these tracks make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and John Entwhistle's air bass comes out. We also listened to 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'. This is such a true article. Metal and heavy rock generally for me is an outlet for disdain. It comes out through the music so it doesn't come out in my life. Metal is a lifesaver.

Folk Music

People play folk music the world over, and tell us about their lives, their strife, their loves, their woes. This song is from the borders, a land with a long history of strife and conflict, bloodshed and blackmail. The Reivers coined the phrase. I like the idea that folk music in Brixton is the same as folk music from Hexham. Here's a toast to our differences and to our commonalities. Like Rhianna says of strife, ' You break bread with me, you like me, it's our problem.'

A Toast To Our Differences

A follow up to Rhianna's call to pull up. "Let's raise a glass And have a toast to all our differences. You carry me on your shoulders. When I don't know what my limit is. I wonder where my limit lies, my limit lies." Rudimental

Yoni Lappin – A Sense of Place – Urban Britain Global Talent

I came across Yoni Lappin through the Mura Masa video, 'Move Me.' Move Me conveys a strong sense of place, urban Britain at it's best. There is a great feeling of performers coming from a whole number of different backgrounds, professionals and amateurs, and that performance is a day to day occurrence for the people involved. This connects a place and performance nicely and introduces people and artists for whom every day is art and theatre, which is why Britain (as with other mixed cultural places) produces such talent and innovation in the arts. Then looking at other video's it's clear that this mix is not just British. The world is a mix of people. The world is full of talent.