Newham Singers sing with a Legend

On Tuesday 16th January, Solid Harmony sang as part of a massed choir backing the Legendary Hugh Masekela and the Jazz Jamaican All Stars, in celebration of the Music Manifesto ‘State of Play’ event at the Roundhouse. This was an important national landmark in Music education, marking a commitment for further funding for singing in Education from the government, as well as keeping the importance of music making high on the political agenda.

The Choir’s own band, Samuel Awotayo, Di├ón Gasper, Leon Davis and Nathanael Watson, students from Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) and Royal Docks Community School had the opportunity to pick up some tips from the Jazz Jamaican All Stars, ‘jamming’ with Hugh Masekela himself before the rehearsal with the choir began.

For some members, this was the second time they have performed with Hugh and they felt that this was even better than the last time.