It’s not every day that you come across a live music event that raises money for a good cause while providing you with dope performances. That was the aim of Project Compassion’s Grime Night which took place on Sunday 12th July in Camberwell and boy did it deliver!
There was great energy flowing throughout the night, with guests of all ages in attendance to support the event. The amazing poet Jolade opened the show and, as always, captivated the room with his spoken word pieces. Next to grace the stage was soulful songstress Mega, who thrilled the entire crowd with her stunning vocals. Her voice is insane! Mega was followed by Icie, who had everyone perfectly singing along to his tracks ‘Put My Work In’ and ‘Inhale Exhale’. The lyricist was warmly received, as was South London’s Barney Artist. Barney Artist held the audience’s attention as he delivered a strong performance, encouraging us to join in on the smooth and mellow-sounding ‘Space’.
After a short break, one of the directors of Project Compassion delivered a short presentation explaining what Project Compassion do and also the organisation they are raising money for, Mercy Childcare. Ink Floe, who also hosted the event, then performed his track ‘Sikk Floe’ to a room that was rapidly turning up.
Gospel rappers Triple O and A Star both made sure there wasn’t a single person sitting down as the end of the night approached and full-blown skanking quickly induced as they began their sets. A Star’s ‘DFMB’ (Down For My Brothers) was a huge hit and the vibes were so strong that many people in the room seemed to lose control (in the best possible way).
The live performances concluded with both artists doing a set together after initially performing separately, which was a madness! They also invited a couple people on stage to join them and spit some bars over wavy Grime beats, with the help of Project Compassion’s own DJ Selenki.
Project Compassion began in 2011 following an experience that Sheila Mukalazi encountered while volunteering at a Ugandan orphanage named Sanyu Babies Home.
Grime Night is their second event, which follows on from last year’s more elegant and dressy affair that raised over £1,000.
Sheila says, “I think it’s important to reach out to different audiences, not just the poets and the singers because people care from all different places. The long time aim is to get young people involved, get young people to volunteer, join in and do something for the community. I believe in change. That’s the reason why we started this, because I believe that if you see something terrible you should change it.”
All proceeds from tickets as well as food and drink purchased at the event will go towards medicine for Mercy Childcare.
Project Compassion’s Grime Night was amazingly turnt. This group of individuals are doing great things and changing lives so make sure you come down to the next event and support.