MUSIC REVIEW: SEND THEM TO COVENTRY
We Sirlute Pa Salieu, as he rises out of the UK rap mould with his debut mixtape - Send them to Coventry. To send someone to Coventry is an English idiom meaning to deliberately ostracise someone.
At just 23 years old, this Gambian-British rising star is shining a light on marginalised youth culture. With tracks like ‘Frontline’ detailing brushes with violent mortality, Pa Salieu spits real, without indulging in the narcissistic materialism that we’ve heard in so many rap debuts.
With his unique blend of life growing up in Gambia, and Coventry (C.O.V - #cityofviolence, according to his experience, depicted in ‘informa’, feat. M1illionz) he emits a refreshing fusion of dancehall, Afrobeats, hip-hop, and grime. Although the UK’s rap scene has recently been saturated with such blends, making it difficult to innovate, Pa Salieu manages it with ease.
Don’t expect this to come sugar-coated, his voice is compelling if not multifaceted. Ending with notes on positivity and ascending physicality, ‘Protect Your Energy’ featuring Mahalia, will leave you feeling limitless.
His rise to success despite the fact that he was unknown just under a year ago, with plans of many live performances cancelled (due to the well-known humbling effects of Covid) is a testament to the mixtape. He’s set the bar high for himself with this one, and as uncertain as these virus times are right now, we’re holding tight for more greatness.
LISTEN TO THE DEBUT ALBUM ON TIDAL