Composed by Brighton band Normanton Street and featuring Bobbie Johnson, AFLO. the poet and Varndean School Choirs, arranged conducted by David Berliner, a new Song for East Sussex premiered online on 14 December 2021.
A Song for East Sussex, The Last Time I Held You, explores local feelings in East Sussex about Covid-19 and the lockdown. The verses see rapper Bobbie Johnson and poet AFLO. the poet explore the feelings of loss, loneliness, worry and hope that the people of Sussex felt during lockdown. The chorus sees vocalist Phoebe Freya longing to hold loved ones again, singing alongside Varndean School Choirs.
Normanton Street’s sound is lyrically focused with three distinct vocals, jazz influenced guitars, warm bass grooves and tight rhythmic drums.
Based in Brighton, the band consists of Ned, Nicholson and Phoebe Freya. Ned and Nicholson (both on bass, guitar, and vocals) have been close friends since childhood, and lived on the same street in Bradford where they grew up. Together they grew up making music in various formats and line ups, and would jam at local bars after moving to Brighton, until they stumbled across Phoebe (vocals) one night after a show at The Mesmerist bar. The trio put together a Lauryn Hill cover, but soon realised that their unique chemistry could not be limited to one song.
Since then, Normanton Street have quickly amassed a loyal following of fans around the world off musical prowess and a lot of hard work. They’ve played gigs and festivals across the UK, Europe and US, including France, Spain, Croatia, Belgium, Holland and Austin (Texas). As well as opening for high-profile artists like the legendary Talib Kweli and Mercury-nominated poet Kate Tempest.
Brighton based pioneers, the band are a leading light of a movement determined to go deeper; fusing soul, hip-hop and spoken word to moving and spiritual effect. To find out more, visit Normanton Street’s website.
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