13th Nov, 2019

MUSIC MATTERS: BBC's Biggest Weekend Fringe focus

Editorial Correspondent 26th May, 2018 Updated: 19th Nov, 2018

Biggest Weekend Fringe

Well it’s all very exciting – the advent of The BBC’s Biggest weekend, and of course the fringe events.

The Coventry Music Museum is proud to be hosting a special event on May 26. It will be the first double header Sounding Off session.

We have deliberately chosen two very different acts, one from Warwickshire and one from Coventry.

Musically they are poles apart, one a Latin Chill Out, the other a Grime artist. It’s a great musical world out there and the museum is happy to celebrate all kinds of musical genre and artists.

First up at midday will be the chill out Latin sound of Sonrisa from Kenilworth. I’m the MC and have the job of finding out about the career of this superb band.

Anyone who has not heard their infectious rhythms should check them out as soon as possible, and come along on the day.

Their latest superb CD, ‘From Today’ is packed full of laid back chill-out songs and Latin American tinged classics.

This is the first album recorded with their current line up, which is; Kath Kimber – Vocals / Flute, Liz Ralls – Trumpet / Flugel Horn, Ant McTiffen – Nylon Guitar / Backing Vocals, Wayne Matthews – Acoustic Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals, Tommi Vokinen / Percussion / Cajon.

We follow that with have Skatta at 2pm, a Coventry Grime artist who will be inducted as our Artist of The Month.

Born in Coventry, West Midlands in July 1995, Skatta is a special kind of artist, with a passion for his art form and a distinctive sound that sets him apart.

We often talk about the decline of the social political protest song so prevalent in the 1980s. It seems on the whole it’s left to the Grime community to say how it is, and thank goodness they have a voice.

Skatta really does know how it feels and how to put it all across, his work is mesmerising and the glint in his eye gives you the impression he knows something you don’t, and it’s probably true.

Real name Nathan Hunter has already achieved a lot so far in his short career. In 2016, Skatta was requested as a guest on BBC 1xtra, and host Sian Anderson’s described him as “one of my favourites to ever do it”, describing his voice as “captivating”.

Since then he has been signed up to the roster of sync licensing agency ‘I’m Not a Machine’; performed live at Changing Trax – Electric Proms with former BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year, Toby Young; played at Godiva Festival, Portobello Live, Fubar Radio; hosted his own show on Pyro Radio; and appeared on Brapp TV.

We recommend that you get there early as there will be a lot of interest for these events.

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