by Rachel Ogbu
Oneness Sankara launched her new single ‘A Colon and a Bracket-Dat Facebook Song’ at the Tabernacle, Powis Square in London last Friday.
Oneness is a renowned spoken word poet, songstress, actress, director and song writer and the ‘Colon and a Bracket song’ is a take on the current Facebook obsession.
She made her first appearance on stage dressed in white after a spoken word act by the three male elements of the Best Kept Secret Collective: AmeN NoiR , Tuggs.t.a.r and ShakaRa.
The launch party also had guest performances by various luminaries of the spoken word and hip hop scene. The show kicked off with a moving performance by Nigerian British hip hop/ spoken word artiste, LyricL titled ‘Daddy Does’ Then legendary UK hip hop performer and former Mercury Prize nominee TY also took to the stage to execute an acapella rap on the immigrant experience.
In the second half, Oneness, backed by her female band began with the song ‘Hair’ following up with ‘I love you’. This haunting tune seemed to resonate with a lot of the audience; a tale of love gone sour.
The gig had several brilliant interpretations of standard tunes, like the Bob Marley’s classic ‘No Woman No Cry’, with Trench town replaced by the UK suburb, Tottenham. It was brilliant!
See some amateur photos from my camera below!: )