was no surprise to see
Che Lingo being
so outspoken during
the recent Black Lives Matter protests. After
long before the horrific killing of George Floyd, the hotly-tipped
was already addressing the consequences of police injustice and
brutality. His breakthrough track ‘My Block’, released in
February, was a powerful tribute to his friend Julian Cole – a man
who was left brain-damaged by police after an incident in a nightclub
in 2013. The officers involved faced no criminal charges; and, seven
years on, Cole’s family still continue to fight for justice.
Lingo’s strong social conscience was forged on the streets of
Wandsworth, south-west London, where he witnessed a great deal of
crime during his childhood. Music, thankfully, provided a welcome
source of escape – and Che, by his early teens, was already writing
music and showcasing his talent in local youth clubs.
forward to the present day and Che, now 28, has developed into one of
Britain’s most exciting, visceral music talents. Propelled by his
bold, dynamic flow and lyricism, his music is thrillingly versatile,
veering from heavy trap tunes to introspective R&B to soulful
ballads. Fluid and melodic, it’s
a sound which straddles the US and the UK with a distinctly London
to 7Wallace (the label founded by top British actor Idris Elba), he’s
currently putting the final touches to his debut LP, The
due for release later this year. With terrific tunes, burning
ambition and – most important – that fierce social conscience, Che
Lingo will surely take some stopping.
Block’. Powerful and poignant, Che Lingo’s breakthrough single
has taken on an even greater resonance in the aftermath of George
Floyd’s tragic death.
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