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Carleen Anderson, Nikki Yeoh, Nubya Garcia & Speech Debelle

A Change is Gonna Come

Music for Human Rights

"For live performances, you absolutely have to see Carleen Anderson – at least three times in your life!” – Amy Winehouse

Four of the most gifted soul, jazz and rap artists explore the power of protest songs in this not to be missed collaboration. Leading an incredible sextet, are supremely talented queens of their trade: the soulful Carleen Anderson, jazz virtuosos Nikki Yeoh and Nubya Garcia and Mercury Prize-Winning rapper Speech Debelle.

A Change is Gonna Come - Trailer from sounduk on Vimeo.

On stage together for the first time, they will perform unique interpretations of iconic songs from the time of the civil rights through to today. This special concert also features powerful new compositions by Anderson and Yeoh highlighting the ongoing fight for equal human rights.

The band also features the awesome talents of bassist Renell Shaw who has collaborated, recorded and toured alongside artists such as Rudimental, Skepta, Nitin Sawhney, plus drummer Rod Youngs who has played with Gil Scott Heron, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and Jocelyn Brown, amongst others.

Line up:
Carleen Anderson - vocalist, MD
Nikki Yeoh - piano & keyboard, MD
Speech Debelle - rapper
Nubya Garcia - saxophone
Renell Shaw - electric bass
Rod Youngs - drums

Listen to a Spotify playlist of music that will inspire the show.

'She's not just good, she's phenomenal. Carleen Anderson is one of a kind' James Brown

'Nikki Yeoh is a creative free spirit who, although deeply rooted in the language of improvisation, is open to a range of music that leans as much to populism as it does high art.' Kevin Le Gendre, writer and broadcaster BBC Radio 3

'delicate, yet powerful' The Guardian on Speech Debelle

'Brilliant, brilliant saxophonist…a young trailblazer…a great ambassador for the new jazz scene' Gilles Peterson on Nubya Garcia 

Contemporary Music
Tue 22 May, 7.30pm

£15, £18.50, Festival Standby £10*