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Whats The Play? with Anthony 'Play' Douglas

DAPPER: Mr. Play and Phil Kemish

LAST WEEK, I was invited to attend the Brit Awards by my good friend Phil Kemish. I’ve attended twice previously, and enjoyed it just as this year as I did then.

It was a dope awards show; Big Shaq opened it and it was great to witness south London’s Stormzy bag two awards; ‘Solo Album of the Year’ and ‘British Male Solo Artist’ topped off with an excellent live performance!

The after party usually is predominantly white, but I was happy to notice more black attendees this year. That was made even better when I saw my fellow black males representing#WakandaForever and crossing their arms in the traditional Wakandan greeting.

Not gonna lie - it brought a massive smile to my face! Overall it was a great ceremony and after party and I remain optimistic in seeing more black representation and attendance in the coming years.

I also interviewed with R’n’B Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Williams. Read what he had to say below:

Q: Who is Ricardo Williams?

Ricardo Williams: I am a Hackney-raised singer songwriter and I recently released my latest single Come Over and was pleased to grab the attention of true R’n’B fans. I made the feature on DJ Ace’s ‘Track Of The Week’ on BBC 1Xtra and was given kudos for my seamless harmonies, a captivating beat and enticing lyrics.

Q: Who were your key music influences growing up?

Ricardo Williams: Boyz II Men, Donnie Hathaway, H-Town, Dru Hill, Jodeci, Tank and Dave Hollister – they were my strong set of role models and helped inspire my very own blueprint creation.


PICTURED: Ricardo Williams

I think a lot of people try to recreate songs of the past, but I try to recreate the feelings of what I loved about those songs. I try to make my own melodies that bring out those feelings in people. When I write, I want you to feel whatever emotion I am going through. I want it to feel personal. I want you to feel like you are in my life.

Q: So what do you have planned for your future music releases?

Ricardo Williams: Expect to witness the first of great future R’n’B to come! I was really playing with music the last 2-3 years, but after having a conversation with a local blogger last year it all changed. In conversation, they said that the Hip-Hop and Rap guys seem hungrier than you R’n’B guys. After hearing that I was like… nah, next year I’m going to hit you with so much music you’re going to get sick of me.

Q: Care to share any upcoming plans you have up your sleeve?

Ricardo Williams: No doubt, I’m looking at a RnBrit remix in the works for Come Over with an all-star British R’n’B line up. The RnBrit movement is just what the scene needs. There’s so many incredible UK R’n’B artists, DJs, bloggers and promoters out there and to see us all come together to really push the scene forward is a beautiful thing. I’m here for that!

The single Come Over is available on all digital platforms.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and some friends of mine are doing a Mother’s Day Supper-club. It’s an event for the whole family (mum, dad, aunts, uncles, kids), with Nigerian/Caribbean cuisine, activities for the kids and general good vibes.

I’m hoping to get down there myself, schedule willing. For tickets and more info checkout www.motherhood-reconstructed.com.

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