I am bursting with pride! Such an honour to be asked to play in the historical Gospel Music celebration commemorating Nelson Mandela whose funeral took place in Qunu, South Africa earlier today. St Matthew’s Peace Garden, where the music event took place, is in Brixton, London. Nelson Mandela visited Brixton 1996 hence the significance of the area with today’s event. I dedicated my tune ‘It’s All Good’ to him in recognition of his colossal contribution to humanity, a celebration of his life and work.
The stage was graced with excellence:
– the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Mark Bennett opened the event.
– Choirs included the B.I.G. Choir, Basil Meade and LCGC, John Fisher and IDMC. The vocal quality of the London Adventist Chorale left me speechless!
– Uplifting worship leaders Cliff & Marie and also Noel Robinson.
– Rocking solos by Jahazial (rapper), Lurine Cato, Mervin Weir, Errol Linton (Reggae and Blues Harmonica) and not forgetting yours truly on Sax 🙂
There were readings about Nelson Mandela by young people. The tributes by Ros Griffiths (Award winning Social Entrepreneur, community activist and community organiser), Paul Reid (Director of The Black Cultural Archives) were motivational and the apartheid experiences of two South Africans, now living in London , intriguing.
The event was compared by Juliet Fletcher (CEO GMIA). Well done Juliet and also Audrey (Artistes & Industry Developer, GRAiD) for excellent artist and event management!
The event was organised by the Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA), Black Cultural Archives (BCA) and Community Organiser, Ros Griffiths. The event was supported by Lambeth Council.
Just love this view of Albert Bridge and the swirling lights of a passing vehicle. Snapped it in transit on Battersea Bridge (and before you ask, I was not driving! 🙂 )