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City Link-Up November Charity Night


City Link-Up November Show

For those who don’t know, City Linkup was set up by Cyrlene Braithwaite to help raise funds and create awareness for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) and this months night was held at the very popular venue ‘The Music Cafe’.

This months event was supported by a united front, as performers from Leicester, London, Nottingham, Birmingham and Oxford all took part in what was another memorable night.

Leicester reggae singer Tanni Browne kicked things off with some great Bob Marley covers which really got the crowd in the mood. He also put on a great performance of his own track ‘Can’t Get You Outta My Head’ which is one of my personal favorites.

Next up was another local singer who goes by the name of Aadam Muhammad, who always puts on an upbeat performance with his lively dance/pop style of music, which always puts you in high spirits and leaves you wondering ‘whatever happened to the dance music scene’.

After Aadam’s lively performance came another equally good entertainer by the name of Kai Jones. A female rapper and vocalist from London who certainly added a new twist to the line-up with her mix of solid vocals and seamless rapping.

Next up was Nottingham singer Ruby Hill who had an amazing voice and left the audience captivated, as she sang a mix of covers and her own material. What is really noticeable about Ruby compared to many of the female vocalists I see, is that she can hold a note and could give Maria Carey a run for her money as she sing’s those incredibly high notes effortlessly. I really have to say that Laura Hill has one of the best voices I have heard for quite sometime.

All the way from Oxford the next act up was YungStarfgm Morrell a young rapper who’s message came with a feel good factor of 10 and it was refreshing to hear when so many young rappers feel compelled to want to put across the ‘wrong’ message.

Singer Euphemia Ellison was next to go on stage, as the Birmingham RnB singer put on a great show and wowed the audience with her obvious stage persona.

If the night couldn’t get any better, local rapper Jeth Inifinite then performed a great set which demonstrated to everyone how he had managed to get through Cyrlene Braithwaite’s very strict vetting process.

The final artist to grace the Music Café stage was Leicester rapper K-Y., who has to date had quite a successful career in the underground rap scene, performing at Maida Vale studios, Abbey Road Studios and Glastonbury, which has made him quite a hot act in the rap music scene and very sought after. K-Y put on a great show and has obvious talent as he put out a string of his own material which he describes as ‘real life music’.

If this amazing line-up wasn’t enough, then the night ended with a ‘jump off’ which saw many of the evenings performers get up and take part in a freestyle jam.

If you haven’t been to a City Linkup event yet, then I can highly recommend it. Every event is free and it’s a real family atmosphere and shouldn’t be mistaken for a booze up down the local music bar. There where people of all ages their, including children and everyone was clearly having a good time.

You can find out more about the about the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust by visiting the web site. You can also read more about City Linkup via their Facebook Page.

Here are a small selection of images from the night, more are available on the City Link-Up Facebook Page