It was an exciting day for the students at Manchester Academy in Britain when UK rapper Stomzy choose their school to premiere his new video.
"You guys are able to be the first people on planet earth to see this video." explained Stormzy.
The new video complements the track from Stormzy's second album, Heavy is the Head. Released at the end of last year the album includes the hits Vossi Bop and Crown and has been certified as a Gold album for selling more than 100 000 units.
In a video introduction played at the school the rapper explained that he wanted the students to understand how powerful they are.
"We are all superheroes. As much as we come from where we come from; we might be disadvantaged, we might have so many obstacles in front of us. You are a superhero in your own right - and don't ever forget that!"
"Those little skills that we have, those big skills that we have, those talents, those things that often go ignored. The sky's the limit. All those things inside of you make you incredible," concluded Stormzy.
The animated video pays tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement and references a number of heroic figures. It includes reference to Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United player who campaigned this year for children from disadvantaged families to receive meals during the Covid-19 lockdown. In June this year British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen to make policy U turn and authorise free school meals in poorer communities as a direct result of Rashford's campaign.
The video concludes with a dedication to the actor Chadwick Boseman who died recently from cancer, at the age or 43. Boseman was the star of many successful movies, including the ground-breaking Black Panther, even though he was battling cancer for the last 4 years.
Stormzy was set to headline the Rocking the Daisies festival to be held in Cape Town and Joburg this year. Unfortunately it had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic but the good news is that the organisers have confirmed that the event will go ahead from the 1st to the 3rd October 2021, and Stormzy is once again scheduled to headline the event.