This was followed by an epic perfomance byUK Soul legend Omar who played classic tracks such as Ghana Emotion, This is not a Love Song and was joined by a rapturous packed house to sing his classic ‘There’s Nothing Like This’.
Finally came a transcendent DJ set from Stockholm singer songwriter Stephen Simmonds , who took us across the diaspora with everything from dancehall to Afrobeat and classic soul. One of the highlights of this set was when he played the Prince-penned Erotic City, by Sheila E. Prince was a huge fan of Stephen’s debut album ‘Spirit Tales’ and his spirit was certainly in the room.
Reflecting on the evening, one word kept emerging from all who attended, and the word was ‘euphoria’. It was a reminder of how culture and art can bring people together from across class, race, and gender.
If you missed the London launch please consider yourself invited to the Sheffield launch, at the legendary Sadacca, established by Sheffield’s Caribbean community in 1952 this Saturday, in conversation with Desireé Reynolds.
P.S.: You can order a copy of “Afropean – Notes on Black Europe” here