Benin City is a London band, through and through. We gig regularly at Hootenanny, done a few at Bussey Building and New Empowering Church, amongst others...
Whilst writing this note I came upon the realisation that almost all the spaces we'd performed whilst we honed our sound are gone: Passing Clouds, Vibe Bar, Crucifix Lane, Bar Music Hall;. All the venues that are a part of ours and many other musicians/music lovers' histories have been wiped off, greyed up like the front of Passing Clouds. That's not even to mention Carnegie Library or Brixton Arches: livelihoods and lifebloods of communities, fallen to make space for gyms, railways and development with little consideration or care.
We're angry about this, and we don't have all the answers, but we felt our first step as artists was to put our art to use and make a statement in Tribute to all the places that fed our bodies, our minds and our creativity.
Edited and Directed by Shaun Grant