Recently, Nigerian British rapper Blak Twang was involved in an innovative social inclusion programme, aimed at taking young people off the streets, and away from violent crimes . (continues below... )
In this project, Mobo award winner Blak Twang, music legend Judd Lander (Karma Chameleon), and rising R&B star Rian Peters, have been engaged by "Arsenal in the Community", to coordinate a mass of young people in the North London community into a singing group under the name "London Kids".
London Kids' first track (just released), targeted at the pop charts, is a version of UB40 classic "Sing our own song", re-written by Blak Twang and leader of the "Arsenal in the Community" Kickz Project, John Keyes, to drive a serious message about the devastating effect that weapons can have in ruining lives and destroying families.
"Arsenal in the Community" is the social and talent engagement department of Arsenal football club PLC. For 25 years, the orgnisation has offered young people the opportunity to play football, as well as other educational, social inclusion and employment programmes, including the upgrade of local football facilities to world standards.
Born Tony Olabode, Blak Twang grew up in Deptford, Lewisham, South East London, and has performed around the world since the mid 1990s. Today he is a cornerstone of UK rap.
Enjoy the London Kids video "Song Our Own Song", below.