Soul II Soul unveil plaque in Brixton

Streatham Guardian: Musicians from Soul II Soul were joined by Streatham MP Chuka Umunna in Brixton on Thursday. Musicians from Soul II Soul were joined by Streatham MP Chuka Umunna in Brixton on Thursday.

Members of eighties pop collaborative Soul II Soul were back in the limelight last week after being honoured with a special plaque to mark their contribution to music.

DJ Jazzie B and singer Caron Wheeler were among those gathered outside the Brixton Academy, where the group played their first gig in 1991, to watch the unveiling of their Performing Right Society Heritage Award on Thursday (June 21).

The musicians were joined by Streatham MP Chuka Umunna and MOBO (Music of Black Origin) chief Kanya King who later watched them perform a live set.

Speaking afterwards, Jazzie B said: “Brixton has such a special place in our story and this venue is where things really took off.

"We are really overwhelmed by this award and appreciate everyone’s support over the years.”

Mr Ummuna, who said the band’s 1991 show was his first taste of live pop music, added: “For such a legendary band, Soul II Soul has not always had the recognition it deserves.

"It is fantastic we can honour a home-grown London band in this way.”

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