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Local Musician’s BLM Rap to Play on BBC Radio

Clips from the BLM protest at Bournemouth Pier Approach feature in the rapumentary Thoughts of a Black Guy
“Thoughts of a Black Guy”, a rapumentary by musician and journalist Nathan Emmanuel, features clips from the BLM protest on Bournemouth Pier Approach earlier in June.
UPDATED 17th July 2020 at 12:51

The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired a lot of emotion, with some great creative output. One local musician and documentary filmmaker created a “rapumentary”, which has now come under the BBC’s radar…

Musician, journalist and local lad Nathan Emmanuel took his followers by storm last week with the release of his latest “rapumentary”. That’s exactly what it sounds like — a rap music video blended with a documentary film — putting both of Nathan’s key talents to the best use.

The 6-minute video, entitled Thoughts of a Black Guy, which features clips of the Black Lives Matter protest on Bournemouth Pier Approach earlier this month, has already received a lot of positive responses. However, today, the musician and filmmaker revealed that the rap segment would be played on not only BBC Radio London at 10:30am on Wednesday 17th June, but also on BBC Radio Solent between 12 and 1pm that same day.

The BBC Radio London playing was later postponed for legal reasons. Nathan reported on his Instagram story that this appearance will now take place on Wednesday 24th June.

When asked what listeners should take away from hearing his work, Nathan explained:

“The only takeaway I aim for, when creating a piece, is to just capture a person’s attention just for a few minutes, and impart a sense of my own thoughts and perspective onto the listener.

“To know that even just one person has reflected and thought about my piece in an inspiring way, or a way that makes them question their own actions or the actions of those around them… for me, this would be the biggest hope and intention behind my piece.”

HQB sat down with Nathan for a full Q&A, which is coming later this week — keep an eye out for that.

In the meantime, don’t forget to tune in to BBC Radio London at 10:30am and/or BBC Radio Solent between 12 and 1pm to catch Nathan’s work. For more stories surrounding entertainments, click here. And you can also follow HQB Media on all our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.¬†

Dale Hurst
Dale Hurst is the Content Editor of HQB Media, as well as an author, restaurant critic and presenter. A graduate in Multimedia Journalism from Solent Journalism, Dale has a wide variety of journalistic experience, ranging from reviewing top London restaurants to interviewing MPs for BBC Radio. As a writer, Dale specialises in entertainments, lifestyle and culture.

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