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Skepta leads new grime artists to London’s V&A

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UK grime star Skepta has taken the next generation of urban music talent to perform at London’s V&A museum as part of a new mentorship programme.

The live performance, which took place at the museum on 5 November, was the culmination of a six week educational initiative as part of the Levi’s Music Project.

The project teamed up with London-based MC, producer and record label boss Skepta to create a music space at the Haringey Shed, the artist’s local community centre in Tottenham. Young people from the local area were given the opportunity to gain experience in all areas of the modern music world including recording, lighting design, sound production and even how to build social media presence as an artist.

The young music makers spent time with Skepta and a host of music experts, including grime producer Preditah, singer/songwriter JinJin (who has worked with Dizzee Rascal, Foxes and Wiley) and designer and art director Kate Moross (who has worked with Topshop and Vogue).

Commenting on the project, Skepta said: ‘I wanted to get involved to show the young generation that success is not something you search for externally, it is from within. Help people to understand that all your thoughts and ideas can become reality with a bit of hard work and dedication.’

The performance at the V&A was part of a Revolutions Weekender, billed as a Festival of Peace, Love and Music.

It follows a stellar year for grime and Skepta following his Mercury Prize victory for latest album, Konnichiwa.

Read our feature from earlier in the year exploring the success of the genre in 2016.



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