Black History Month finale

Norwich Arts Centre (Norfolk Black History Month)

Norwich Arts Centre (Norfolk Black History Month)

Norfolk Black History Month celebrated its conclusion in true party style on Saturday night with a feast of dance, music and comedy.

Kicking off the evening, break dancers showed off their moves to a pulsing soundtrack of music and spoken word, with poetry, comedy and a set from Norwich/London hip-hop crew Spoken Drama, laying down their rhymes over some tasty beats.

Entertainment in part two of the party came courtesy of Soweto Kinch and his band. Alto saxophone player Kinch has had his innovative music rewarded by numerous accolades.

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Saturday night's set came from his new release, A Life in the Day of B19 - Tales of the Tower Block, the first instalment of a two-part concept album documenting the lives of three inner-city Birmingham men.

Whether rapping or playing the saxophone, Kinch's strength is his ability to let his music tell a story - sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always compelling. Forging jazz with hip-hop, Kinch may be risking alienating both jazz and rap “purists”, but what his sometimes scorching and sometimes gentle compositions do is to fuse the two idioms into a convincing style that is all his own.

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Spoken Drama joined Kinch and the band for a freestyle finale, celebrating the fact that however many labels you choose to stick on it, all that's important is that good music is just good music.

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