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When singer Ray BLK topped the BBC’s Sound of 2017 she became the first unsigned artist to win an honour that had previously gone to the likes of Adele and Sam Smith. For journalist and author Lloyd Bradley it once again underlined how black music continues to make waves on its own terms, forcing the … Continue reading

The Grenfell carnival
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The Grenfell carnival

  The inferno that engulfed Grenfell may have long been extinguished but it was everywhere in evidence at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival whose route lies in the shadow of the tower’s charred remains. The Carnival’s official opening on Sunday was marked this year by a tribute to those who had lost their lives in … Continue reading