As far as I am concerned this was a pretty ground breaking moment for the UK’s black music scene . I am still shocked that the Brit organisers acknowledged and allowed my beloved So Solid Crew to perform, because up until that point they were happy to pretend as if black acts didn’t exist. But now a group made up of largely young black males from South London was performing on stage in front of millions of viewers (including ‘Middle England’) on The Brits (of all shows) which was simply unheard of back then.
Those who are around my age group and have tuned in to the Brit Awards over the years will be aware of the blatant shenanigans that have taken place in the past when it comes to a particular type of artist. E.g. Craig David going on to have the biggest selling album (Born To Do It) in the country in 2000/01 and not winning a single award. It was an absolute travesty that I will never forget.
But back to So Solid. People tend to block out just how much they achieved (do the research if you don’t know) in a relatively short period of time. And in my opinion they were also the last real musical movement in this country.
Anyway check out So Solid’s Brits performance below.