PROUD AS PUNCH: Jazzie B was thrilled with the plaque
SOUL II SOUL were honoured today (June 21) with a plaque outside the venue where they performed their first gig in 1991.
The groundbreaking British band, founded by Jazzie B in 1988, were recognised with the PRS for Music Heritage Award, which was unveiled outside nightclub Electric Brixton (formerly Fridge Bar) in south London.
The unveiling was attended by several well-known figures including Lambeth MP Chuka Umunna, UK soul legend and recent MBE recipient Omar, and MOBO founder Kanya King, along with a host of media and community members.
Jazzie B – real name Trevor Romeo – along with popular Soul II Soul vocalist Caron Wheeler and other band members, beamed with pride, as their plaque was unveiled.
Jazzie told the crowd: “Now, when you’re passing on the buses [and see this plaque], you’ll be able to say, ‘yes, we were a part of this.’” He later told The Voice: “I always get nervous at these type of events! But I really am as proud as punch.”
HONOUR: Soul II Soul received a PRS for Music Heritage Award
MP Chuka Umunna, who was thrilled that the ceremony took place in his Streatham constituency, also paid homage to Soul II Soul.
“I’m nervous to be here with these guys [Soul II Soul], who are my heroes,” Umunna told the crowd. “The first gig I ever went to was Soul II Soul at Brixton Academy.”
Umunna also said he thinks the Brit Awards need to “step up” and “recognise” the band’s contribution to the British music industry, before adding: “My life is better because Soul II Soul were in it.”
The event was followed by a lively performance from Soul II Soul inside the venue, where they performed their hits Keep On Movin and Get A Life.
The group will also launch a new club night at Electric Brixton tomorrow night (June 22), where they will take to the stage, along with fellow British soul band Loose Ends.
Soul II Soul launch their residency at Electric Brixton, London SW2 on June 22. For more information, visit www.electricbrixton.com