As part of the Levi's Music Project, Levi's and Skepta have partnered together to establish a community youth music facility in the heart of Skepta's hometown of Tottenham, North London.
For the duration of this project, Skepta and a group of young people worked with the V&A, taking inspiration from our headline exhibition 'You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70. This project culminated in a night of special performances at the V&A on Saturday 5 November 2016.
Skepta via Levis
Members of the V&A youth collective, CreateVoice were lucky enough to attend the event, and below follows a review of the evening by Gift Ajimokun, a member of the collective here at the Museum.
When I asked Skepta why he took part in this project at the V&A I didn’t know what answer would come back at me. He's rich and famous now, why would he need to give back to the community? But his answer astounded me. He truly is a humble man who doesn’t forget where he came from and where he started.
The young people he mentored truly have a passion for what they do and hearing Skepta talk about working with the young people, its obvious to anyone he is passionate about creating a platform for young people to showcase their talents; seeing a little bit of himself in these amazing young people.
The variety of style, beat and themes really enabled you to get a taste of each and every young person. Police brutality, minimum wage and the refugee crisis were some of the many topics that were covered throughout the performances. Truly throwing out the notion that young people are unaware of the topics affecting the world today. We are more aware than ever.
Now back the coveted question. Love. Love is the main reason he took part in the project.
Now I personally think that is the best foundation to any project that involves young people.
If I had to sum it up the whole show in two words. Pure Talent.
Music and Revolution event at the V&A via Proper
For more information on the Music and Revolution project head here.
To see performances from the evening at the V&A head here.
Many thanks to those who worked on the project and for allowing CreateVoice members to attend.
Words: Gift Ajimokun and Laura Woodfield
Images: © Levis and Proper Magazine