Last night the Olympic games wrapped up in London and the Brits went out with a bang. After exceeding their own expectations and putting on a wonderful Olympiad, the festivities ended with a concert aimed at showcasing some of the UK’s most famous musicians.
Artists like The Who, Queen, George Michael, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Emeli Sandé, Anne Lennox, and the Spice Girls performed in a spectacular event. But while I watched the show, I couldn’t help wonder where some of Britains most famous black musicians were.
And I wasn’t the only one. My Black British friends wondered where the inclusivity and multiculturalism of the Opening Ceremony had gone, and why more Black Britons weren’t included in the show (and was the Bollywood ode a jab or a celebration?).
While I’m not sure if schedules didn’t permit some to show or if they just weren’t asked at all, here are 3 artists I would have liked to see during last night’s closing ceremony.
London’s own songstress was sorely missed during the closing ceremony. The Grammy Award winning R&B singer is known both in the UK and abroad and would have added some much needed upbeat vibes to the show.