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Steel Orchestra joins KANO, at Royal Albert Hall London

A huge steel-drum ensemble joins Kano for the encore adding to the sheer volume of musicians on stage which gives the pounding thuds of ‘Pan-Fried’ extra vigor. It’s a show of epic proportions - moments of intimacy neighbour flashes of pure ecstasy and playful musicianship, especially as the rapper instigates a battle between the brass and steel-drum ensemble on finale ‘My Sound’. 

The scenes of East London conjured throughout Kano’s wordplay and back-catalogue stands in stark contrast to the opulent dwellings of the Royal Albert Hall. Lyrics such as “and these gunshots never reach your town / it’s never on top when you leave your house” feel particularly pertinent ricocheting off the venue’s iconic mushroom-shaped diffusers that hang from the ceiling. “This is my city,” he shouts in pride as the house lights go up - judging by the rapturous reception to this battle cry, it’s safe to say the people agree.

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