In Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues, a three-part series broadcast this month on Sky Arts, Lenny Henry asks why there are so few black British blues singers. Also, why has no black British blues singer achieved international fame? Henry interviews both famous blues stars and unsung musicians playing their local circuits.
In the second episode, Henry talks to Steve Ajao from Birmingham. Steve is an institution in my local neighbourhood – a phenomenal blues guitarist, singer, saxophonist, artist and a musician I look up to. It’s fantastic to see Steve receive this kind of recognition in a high-profile broadcast.
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