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Brent’s got talent!

SUCCESSFUL SHOW: Mayor of Brent with Undiluted Talent organisers, including Waneta Newell (front on her knees) Devante Jackson (behind Mayor) and host Andrew Muhammad (front right)

MAYOR OF Brent Councillor Michael Adeyeye joined over 200 residents at the borough’s Unity Centre last week to watch a showcase featuring talented black youngsters from the area.

The showcase called Undiluted Talent gave 15 young singers, rappers, spoken word artistes and poets a platform to show off their talents, counter acting negative stereotypes of young black people, including postcode wars.

A joint initiative between BANG Radio and the charity Addaction, the event was organised by 20 young black and minority ethnic people from Addaction’s youth committee, led by Waneta Newell, 17, and 18-year-old Devante Jackson.

Waneta said: “The event went better than expected. It attracted a huge turnout considering it was our first event. It was about bringing the community together. Everyone has a talent if you look hard enough. It could be music, poetry, singing or rapping. The main thing I’ve learned is that anything is achievable.”

Devante added: “The event was highly motivational. We wanted to show that not all young people from inner city London are negative. The project was also a great learning opportunity for me as I have always wanted to get into event management. People say that the youth isn’t doing much, but we are making a difference.”

Davis J Williams, Youth Coordinator at Addaction who facilitated the young people, said: “It was good for the young people to have the chance to develop the skills to run their own event as it could lead to a career. It would be good for them to have an annual event to promote themselves locally.”

Undiluted Talent was the result of a media and events project for young people, who are 25 years old or younger to develop the skills to put on their own event to help increase their employment opportunities.

The event was supported by Brent Council and Fair Share Brent.

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