Review Pa Salieu - Send Them to Coventry

A varied, confident and cinematic trip through where the performer finds himself.

Pa Salieu - Send Them to Coventry

The giant pause button that was pressed as spring took hold could be argued to have affected Pa Salieu more than most; the Coventry rapper was fast-rising to be one of the UK’s most prominent new stars, with January’s ‘Frontline’ one of 1Xtra’s most-played tracks this year. ‘Send Them To Coventry’ is, then, a delayed release - but that isn’t likely to temper the impact the mixtape will have. Imbued throughout with a fusion of Pa’s Gambian heritage, and life growing up in Coventry (“COV, #cityofviolence” introduces ‘Informa’), it’s a varied, confident and cinematic trip through where the performer finds himself. Single ‘B***K’ is a musically-buoyant, lyrically-uncompromising rumination on the joy found in Black life - and the racism it faces, while the Mahalia-featuring ‘Energy’ ends the record on an optimistic note with probably the most straightforward hooks on show. There’s still time to get excited about this one.

 

As featured in the November 2020 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.

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