Written by Ayshamar Atkins
Sunday 30th November marked the sixth and final of the weekly Sunday sessions presented by Allsortz Open Mic at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. (See Video Below)
First to take to the stage were Rock band, A Danger To Us who performed a series of their original, upbeat pieces including “The Rest” and “Pretty Pictures”. The band that have only been a group for a matter of months rocked the stage and drew in a crowd of locals with their distinctive and unique style.
(‘A Danger to Us’)
Following this were the first wildcards of the day who go by the name of Kryptic and Kustic. The incredibly synchronized beat boxers blew the audience away with just a minute each to showcase their immense talent and skill, blasting through a range of styles and genres. Other Wildcards featuring on the day were a yet to be named fusion/ collaboration. Flor and Maya who sang alongside guitarist Ty, performed a beautiful acoustic version of Beyoncé’s – Drunk in Love and Bruno Mars’ – Locked Out of Heaven. Also to perform was local Jill Redman, who performed a stunning and emotive cover of Roberta Flack’s – First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.
Also performing that day was the dynamic rapper Drew Marshall who performed three pieces including his song titled “This One”. The informed rapper addressed issues that occur as a result of a broken social and justice system, specifically focusing on the job market, housing and class discrimination
Next in line was Allsortz’s first reggae artist of the six-week line up, Marvin Brown. The vocalist warmed audiences with his lyrical performance; his conscious lyrics touched upon appreciating life despite hardships and maintaining faith through tough times. Despite being under the weather the singer performed his original pieces – “Life Is A Rocky Road”, “Protected By”, and “Fountain” and still managed to stun the audience with his astounding voice.
(Billy Stone & Mr Dublin)
On stage next were gifted rappers Billy Stone and Mr. Dublin. Who performed their song “Chasing Dreams” and “Never Learn”, their characteristic style certainly left local audience members with a sense of determination and perseverance.
Next up on stage was the incredibly talented singer-songwriter Lani Bowerman, whose innocent and pure voice resounded throughout the park and amongst locals. The young singer performed he very own original acoustic songs “Here We Go Again” –highlighting the focus on changing the world instead of ourselves; she also performed her piece “Where We Are”.
Singer Shaquille then followed this with an emotive cover of “Thinking of you” – Ed Sheeran; the modest singer of outstanding abilities warmed the audience as the day became chilly.
Following this, was a performance from… who brought the spirit of Christmas along and onto to the stage, the lively artist received maximum appreciation resulting in audience members singing and dancing along to her songs and later requesting and encore performance. Her pieces are titled “Go Elsewhere”, “Worthless” and “Hurry Hurry” – which was the first Christmas song of the Allsortz Sunday sessions and definitely put locals in a festive mood.
Next was Singer Adir Tov and his band who performed a mixture of covers and original works, the upbeat and energetic singer performed well-known pieces “Summertime Sadness” – Lana Del Ray and “Valerie” – Amy Winehouse. The singer’s lively sounds definitely created a buzz among the audience creating an atmosphere of fun and dance.
The final act to round of six-weeks of amazing talent was the one and only Miss Sha, whose silky vocals brought the day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to a mellow close. The singer performed “My Type of Guy” one of her originals and a cover of “Wake Me Up” – Avicii.