FutureLDN was hosted by young social entrepreneurs Edward Antwi and Maybell Saliu from Lewisham. This exceptional showcase of young talent was located at Cargo in Shoreditch and involved young people from the community showcasing artistic talents ranging from music and beat boxing to poetry and fashion design.
We caught up with upcoming singer-songwriter Fola who is known for his R ‘n’ B style. The 24 year old studied music, media and management and graduated in 2011 and has been working full time ever since. He claims to be compared to the likes of Omarion, Usher, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. Fola has achieved a great deal so far, what with opening for Misha B and Kimberly Walsh at the T-festival. Not only that, but he also opened for N Dubz and got through to X-Factor up to the Judges House.
In 5 years time, Fola sees himself earning more music credibility and having a legacy. He advises young aspiring artists to have perseverance and be hard working in this competitive industry.
His live performance turned out to be remarkable, with his first song called ‘Comfortable.’ This soulful piece was coupled with Fola’s sway of arms and had the audience at the edge of their seats. In collaboration with singer Areeba Anderson, the pair had remarkable on stage chemistry with the perfect call and response routine throughout the whole song. Fola then collaborated with the band The Compozers and surprised us all with a cover of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Senorita.’ With bashful drums and playful keyboard notes, the cover was a great hit amongst the audience.
You can now follow him on Twitter – @officialfola
Angelo – Full name Anjelo Disons (for those who would want a bit of a sneaky Facebook stalk) – is a phenomenal singer song-writer known for his ‘Soul Pop’ music (he insists on his own genre). With over 10k views on Facebook, this star has certainly been successful in promoting himself via social media, enough to catch the eye of the manager of Full Circle. He claims that he is friends with well known singer Emeli Sande, and insists that he is influenced by Ed Sheeran, Rudimental and Michael Jackson. The young star can astonishingly play a total of nine instruments, ‘everything but the violin,’ he claims.
The 15 year old really stunned the audience when singing his cover of ‘So Close’ by Alex Clare. The known advert song was complemented by soulful backing vocals, fast drums, and an old school guitar (with the guitarist rocking a typical Kurt Cobain mop). Anjelo showed off his impressive vocal range when hitting the bridge with repeating the words ‘feels like I am,’ in his energetic voice. He then did a clever remix of ‘Stay’ by Rihanna, turning into Kendrick Lemar’s ‘B*tch don’t kill my vibe’ and ‘Say My Name’ by Destiny’s Child. At this point the crowd were at its peak, with many singing along to the familiar lyrics.
Stay tuned for Anjelo’s upcoming EP this year, ‘Can’t Get No Sleep.’ Add him up on Twitter @AnjeloDisonsUK
From girl group, ‘Block Babes’ Nadia Rae the R ‘n’ B/ Soul singer song-writer took a stand and decided to go solo. Compared to the likes of Alicia Keys, she graduated with a degree in music and she mainly promotes herself and her team (Billy, the producer, and Nathan the guitarist) through Youtube. She not only teaches singing and piano lessons in order to fund herself, but is also working on a self titled album which is revolved around the theme of her journey so far. You can check out her single ‘Head Held High’ on itunes. From October onwards you can find her at a piano bar GH space in Soho, at her own live night. She advises to work hard and become disciplined as you can envelope different success on different levels. ‘Believe in yourself, no one else is going to do it for you,’ says Rae.
Hip Hop/R ‘n’ B rapper known as ‘Demz’ started rapping as a hobby and finally pursued it from 2010 onwards. Graduating with a degree in Music Technology he found that his work and projects there aided his rapping. The young 21 year old has done extraordinarily well in 2010 where he opened up for N Dubz whilst working part time as a sound engineer. Influenced by artists such as Eminem, Skepta and Tinchy Stryder, Demz self promotes himself via networking and word of mouth.
Stay tuned onto his Twitter @Demzartist and Youtube ‘DemzTV’ for news on his upcoming EP this year, as well as checking out his latest cover of ‘Poundcake’ by Drake and Jay Z.
The name S’Alonge derives from the creative director herself Sarah Alonge and her business partner Stella. Creating modern yet traditional African wear, the brand itself was created within just three months. The Nigerian traditional wear – known as the’ Iorbuba’ – is a free flowing dress, rather than being fitted and many Nigerian customers wear it to weddings and other functions. Importing the material from Dubai, S’Alonge is recognised as one of the best recent fashion wear for Black women, the majority clientele ranging from 19- 30 years old. However, this new style is being expanded to trend in the Asian/White/Caribbean market too, which is something to look out for. The 23 year old advises to aspiring fashion designers that ‘There is always time to sleep; when pursing a dream then don’t.’ Nicely put Miss Alonge.
KBD , short for Knowtorious Bespoke Design, is lead by 28 year old designer Tori, who specialises in African print. Based on seasonal trends, there were shorts and dresses modelled for summer wear and harem pants for the winter. Starting out in performance art, Tori fell right into design. Not only does this talented woman design for African women, but she has also expanded her product to men as well.
Overall Future LDN was a great platform for young artists to gain recognition in their chosen industry whether it is music, art, fashion or journalism. It is companies such as Future LDN that allow us to be hopeful that the future of the arts industry is constantly recognised and refreshed, as well as providing endless opportunities for young people in this state of employment.