On Friday 13th December, young talented musicians and vocalists from the World Heart Beat Music Academy performed in a concert, entitled “I Have a Dream”. Directed by, and featuring virtuoso jazz pianist, Trevor Watkis, it presented a great programme of works inspired around Martin Luther King’s legacy and what he stood for, in this 50th Anniversary of his iconic speech.
Several musicians, including celebrated Reggae artists, JayJay and Don Chandler, world-class jazz musicians, Julian Joseph, Tony Kofi, double-bass player, Andrew Robb and platinum recording artist, Daisy Chute also came down to support the kids and to join them on stage. Among the packed-out audience were Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, and the broadcaster, educator and musician, Alex Pascall OBE, both of whom provided presentations during the course of the evening.
“What a joyful occasion the Martin Luther King celebration was on Friday. Keith and I loved every moment of seeing and hearing the talent displayed before us. The academy is such a treasure to the world and it’s a much better place with it being part of it. Your love and commitment to music and the young people needs to be applauded. Thank you for inviting us, the evening warmed my heart and wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Once again many congratulations to you and all the talented young people who made a musical difference to our lives that evening… one that Martin Luther King would be proud of.”
– Baroness Floella Benjamin
“Frankly, the room and the atmosphere was very inspiring. the youngsters were models for lots of the children who are getting bad names. I like your spirit.”
– Alex Pascall O.B.E