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Gaika review – street-corner evangelist reignites music's political passion | Musique Non Stop

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gaika review – street-corner evangelist reignites music's political passion

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The Brixton vocalist injects powerful drama into intensely poetic dub sermons about city life and society ‘in a state of emergency’

Listening to dancehall on the radio, you might easily forget that this is music with a proud political tradition, stretching right back to the times when calypso would mull over contemporary events with the energy of today’s rolling news. Gaika, a Brixton vocalist sitting somewhere between MC, crooner and street-corner evangelist, is reigniting it.

“Nothing can stop us, no Theresa, no Boris,” he ad-libs between songs which sketch out a London teetering on apocalypse – but which still holds the potential for sex and abandon.

Related: Gaika: ‘If you’re a black guy you’re supposed to make grime, reggae or coffee-table music’

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by Ben Beaumont-Thomas via Electronic music | The Guardian
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