Laura Mvula live in concert at Somerset House

Laura Mvula live in concert at Somerset House, March 2016. Opening her performance with Martin Luther King reading the lyrics to black rights protest song “We Shall Overcome”, it is clear she has something to say. Her gig at London’s beautifully lit Somerset House comes after the fatal US police shootings of two more black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and, although she does not reference the racial tension directly, her emphasis on empowerment is pointed. “Take your broken wings and fly” she commands on the uplifting “Overcome”, sadly without featured guitarist Nile Rodgers (“I tried to get him to come and play but he said no…”).

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