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The Review - MUSIC - grooves with RóISíN GADELRAB
Published: 3 December 2009

WHEN I made a shaky mobile phone video recording of Mercury Award winner Speech Debelle making a spectacle of herself at Take That’s launch of their Singstar karaoke game last week, I had no idea what was to follow.
After making a mess of Pray, Debelle rowed with host James Corden, and was booed offstage after offending Take That, while Corden launched into a rap of his own. I put the recording on YouTube as an experiment – within days attracting more than 11,000 hits. On Saturday it was rated No 3 most viewed music video on the site.
Rapper Lowkey, who I interviewed earlier this year, has tweeted about it, upset at Corden’s “patronising” attitude to rap and Debelle has since released two apology videos, the second after viewing the clip. Who knew the power of a YouTube clip

• Absolutely hottest/ coolest party of the week has to be The Dig (Dec 4) a ritzy glitzy arty party, late-night lock-in with stunning exhibitions and music from Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards and Danny Valentine and The Meditations. Snapshot souvenirs, a wintertide film installation, spoken word performances and roasted chestnuts. 10pm-late, 161 Kingsland Road, E2.

• If sensitive songwriting’s more your thing, see Christopher Cross at the Jazz Cafe (Dec 4 and 5). He’s best known for Sailing and and Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do), for the Dudley Moore film Arthur.

• I’m hearing great things about nine-piece band The Bookhouse Boys who play the Lexington (Dec 8). For fans of Nick Cave and Tindersticks apparently.

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