Over March, for its third year in a row Convergence is running in London. The event encompasses music, art and technology, at venues as varied as Barbican, Roundhouse, Village Underground and KOKO. Acts ranging from The Gaslamp Killer and Lamb to Omar Souleyman are performing, but a diverse tribute to Gil Scott-Heron really caught our attention.
Having had some stick for it’s scheduling, The Gil Scott-Heron Project blew the cobwebs off of any Sunday blues (no pun intended). Under the musical direction of the hugely talented David Okumu of the Invisible, we were presented with a fitting tribute to a man that inspired so many both politically and musically.
With an assembly of artists whose diversity illustrated the breadth of his impact on modern popular music, the evening travelled between the deep jazz grooves of Andreya Trianna to the kinetic renditions of the classics by Kwabs. Aside from a slightly dubious version of Lady Day, each arrangement formed a combination of Gil’s genius with a twist of each artist’s personality. Supported by an all-star band including Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), Leo Taylor and Jason Yarde.
Highlights included Jamie Woon’s beautiful cover of We Almost Lost Detroit, Reginald D Hunter’s impassioned recital of the incredible The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and special guest Kate Tempest igniting the audience with her own powerful tribute to the life and work of the legend we’d come to celebrate.
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