Sunderland rappers’ bid for harmony in Black History Month

Rappers Dan Smith (E-Mence) 2nd left and James Bartram (Cyber-Byte) 3rd left go through one of their routines for Black History Month watched by Zaf Iqbal of Sunderland Together (left) and Richy Duggan manager at Hendon Young Peoples Project.
Rappers Dan Smith (E-Mence) 2nd left and James Bartram (Cyber-Byte) 3rd left go through one of their routines for Black History Month watched by Zaf Iqbal of Sunderland Together (left) and Richy Duggan manager at Hendon Young Peoples Project.
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RAPPERS are hoping to create harmony during Black History Month.

Hendon Young People’s Project will host musicians from across the North East on Sunday as they come together to celebrate the region’s cultural diversity.

Organised by anti-facist group Sunderland Together, Rap Up Racism will also include a jam-packed family fun day with a climbing wall, and visit from the Fire Service who will be taking along a fire engine.

One of the aims of the event is to bring together groups which have clashed over plans to open a mosque in Millfield.

Organiser Zaf Iqbal, executive committee member of Sunderland Together, said: “Over the last few months, tensions have been running high between different racial groups and religious groups in the city, so we thought it was about time we got these groups together and celebrated the fact we are multicultural, rather than being separated.

“We picked rap because it is a great medium between younger generations.”

The event will take place between noon and 4pm, and entry is free.

Musicians are hoping to impress crowds on the day.

Sixteen-year-old Daniel Smith, of Fulwell, who performs as E-Mence, will rap his own material, and beat boxer James Bartlam, of Thornhill, known as Cyberbyte, will also perform.

For more information about the event at the project in Church Street East, visit the Facebook page Rap Up Racism, or tel: 553 7717.