Rightly or wrongly, the Grammy Awards took a fair bit of stick once again last night as Beyonce took home only two of seven nominations, but one thing that it definitely got right was a collaborative performance from A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes. A rousing performance with plenty of energy, fire and swag, the set saw Anderson .Paak on drums as Q.Tip, Busta and more led the audience into political territory by calling out “President Agent Orange” aka Donald Trump before launching into a furious call to arms in Tribe’s “We The People”. Eliciting huge applause from a pumped up audience that included the likes of Rihanna, Jay Z, Beyonce, DJ Khaled and more huge celebrities, the performance finished with a shouted refrain of “Resist” from Q-Tip, concluding one of the most exhilarating award ceremony performances we’ve seen for some time.
Both Anderson .Paak and A Tribe Called Quest will be in the UK this summer in order to tear up Parklife Festival in Manchester. Playing Sounds of the Near Future Stage on Saturday 10th June, Anderson will line up alongside his band The Free Nationals on a bill also featuring London Grammar, Little Dragon andJagwar Ma, whilst on Sunday 11th June A Tribe Called Quest are second from top on the The Parklife Stage, playing the penultimate set before handing over to headliner Frank Ocean. Hip-hop heads will want to be at Heaton Park for this one.
Words by Andrew Kemp
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