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'I experienced racism but it turned me into a man'

Coventry rapper Pa Salieu is combining social commentary with positivity

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Send Them To Coventry by Pa Salieu is out now

Send Them To Coventry by Pa Salieu is out now

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Send Them To Coventry by Pa Salieu is out now

Send Them To Coventry by Pa Salieu is out now

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Send Them To Coventry by Pa Salieu is out now

In 1981, The Specials sang about urban decay, unemployment and shuttered high streets in Coventry in their hit song Ghost Town.

Some 40 years later, 23-year-old Gambian-British rapper Pa Salieu is addressing the same issues, and the same city, in his viral hit Frontline.

"How I describe it is that there is culture and it is intense," he says over a crackling phone line from a London recording studio.


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