Writing this review a few days after Trumps defeat in the US elections and the positive news of a vaccine for COVID 19 it goes without saying that my mood has been lifted and that light at the end of the tunnel is slowly getting brighter. There is still a long way to go before the world is fully healed, a change in UK politics would certainly be welcome but at least there is hope. My mood has also been enhanced further by the latest release Young Shall Grow from Cardiff based Afro Cluster a band who AMP fell in love with upon the release of the We Don Land EP in 2016 and a performance during SWN around the same time. Young Shall Grow is the perfect release for the times that we are living in. This song highlights the importance of ensuring that young people have opportunities, are supported to live their lives in a way that matters to them and have a realistic chance of achieving their dreams. Ensuing a value base is shared throughout societies, through the generations to ensure the world we live in is one filled with peace and love. That sounds like the world that I want to be part of. The band themselves have summed up the important message behind this song:
“The track is written both to, and about, young people in the contemporary world. As well as emphasising knowledge to be passed on from experience, it also highlights what younger generations can teach through fresh perspectives, challenging the current dynamic between society and it’s youth, and asking… Is there anything more important to teach than love and respect for each other?”
As we have come to expect with an Afro Cluster release the music we hear is full of endless joy and positivity. The horn parts are one of the greatest sounds you will hear in any song this year. The rhythms, beats and melodies are full of soul, funk, hip-hop and an overall pop sensibility that just makes you feel good to be alive. The band are joined on this track by Magugu and Asha Jane whose vocals give the song an extra dimension with added soul and passion that will certainly leave their mark on you. Young Shall Grow has been played by both Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn on BBC Radio Wales so I am sure many of you will already be sharing my enthusiasm for the song. If you have yet to hear this song please listen now. Your view on the world will instantly change you will believe that better times are returning.