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Wednesday 13 January 2021

Street Prophet Pa Salieu Set To Play Brighton's Great Escape Festival On Back Of Success Of Send Them to Coventry Mixtape

Pa Salieu, who is set to play Brighton's Great Escape Festival in 2021, is a 23-year-old rapper from Coventry. He is proud of his Gambian heritage, fluent in Wolof and keen to represent his culture wherever possible.
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He blends his West Midlands upbringing & Gambian heritage into a uniquely powerful brand of rap that has seen him carve out space as an exciting new voice in British music.

Pa has a deep-rooted belief that music is a calling bigger than him, whether that's down to his families tribe"s folk music background or the death of his close friend AP which drove him to write his first lyrics.

He is a pioneering force across British youth culture – whose message and energy knows, no borders. 

A street prophet – an old spirit, old soul who offers a fresh and fiercely independent look at a life that many can relate too. 

Pa dropped his debut mixtape Send Them to Coventry this month to much success.

Pitchfork said of the album:

"This is an extraordinarily assured first offering from a young artist capable of surprising at every turn. 

"The result is not so much a foreboding portrait of a forgotten, boom-and-bust city, but an invitation to a place and people unduly ignored—and an introduction to an artist who won't be. 

"Not so much sent to Coventry, then, as visiting voluntarily."

Pa Salieu plays The Great Escape Festival, Brighton, on Friday 14th May 2021. CLICK HERE for more details.

by: Mike Cobley



Sussex's countryside event, the South of England Show, returned last weekend after a year off due to the pandemic.  
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In a world where we're taught to aspire to unattainable levels of perfection, Brighton-bound Dublin singer-songwriter-producer Orla Gartland's unfiltered honesty is a breath of fresh air. 
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Charleston's beautiful walled garden was a canvas, a studio, a prop store, a stage, a sanctuary, and once again this summer, it will be a place to learn and be inspired.

Midsummer Day, 21st June, sees the return of Make Music Day; a worldwide celebration of music in person, online and beyond. 

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Lockdown should be the worst environment for a rising live band to emerge from, but Junodream have been flourishing in recent months.
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Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage announce a forthcoming project, Remote Reminiscence – Getting Elders Online, beginning in September 2021.
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Singer and songwriter Imelda May's recently released sixth studio album 11 Past The Hour - her first new music in four years - is a record filled with sensuality, emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition, marking a new chapter for Imelda and showcasing her at her most authentic.

Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK's foremost electronic music and networking event has teamed with Brighton nightclub The Arch for a special event on Sunday 27th June 2021.
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Saving Grace will be visiting De La Warr Pavilion next month, featuring Robert Plant OBE on vocals. This will be the singer's first time performing at the East Sussex venue based in Bexhill-on-Sea.
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Glyndebourne Festival 2021 continues in June with further performances of Kát'a Kabanová and Il turco in Italia and a concert from Robin Ticciati and the London Philharmonic Orchestra that explores ancient and modern English music.

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