The UK grime artist’s mentor group create a spectacle of the museum’s peace, love and music festival.
Reporter: Chelsea Jobe | Sub-Editor: Alex Clement
Skepta, real name Joseph Junior Adenuga, together with a group of young musicians he has mentored for two months, took their urban vibe to the Victoria & Albert Museum yesterday.
The world’s leading museum of arts and design held an event called Revolutions Weekender, alongside their leading exhibition You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970.
The events and activities were inspired by the Swinging Sixties and included live music, DJs and theatrical performance throughout the museum, special talks, tours and film screenings, a Revolutionary Reading Room and pop up poetry by Synergy Theatre Project.
The Mercury Prize winner for his album Konnichiwa, runs a number of musical workshops in his hometown of Tottenham, North London, in a project with Levi’s to promote a generation of new talent and creativity.
In an interview with the Guardian, he said: “I want to show the young generation that success is not something you search for externally, it is from within.”
“I feel blessed to be able to be the guy, with Levi’s, making this whole thing happen for the youth – take them to the V&A to try and be the spark for the youth.”
The special performance from 12 young musicians, who have been mentored by Skepta, caused a storm at the museum’s event which celebrated counterculture revolution of the Sixties and how it’s influenced the modern day.
The V&A also put on a display of lyrics and photographs created during his workshops, and offered the public a chance to mix music produced by Skepta’s proteges in a makeshift studio in the gallery.
The You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 exhibition is open until February 26 2017. Tickets cost £16.00 per person and are sold on the V&A website.