gal-dem: Is Ed Sheeran platforming POC artists, or is he piggybacking off them?
To anyone who may need a break from hearing Ed Sheeran every day for the past 13 years on the radio, in every supermarket, corner shop, or blaring from their neighbour’s window, good luck.
Sorry, but Ed Sheeran singing about whinin’ and bracin’ feels off to us.
Last year, he sang on three of the UK’s top five singles of 2022. In May, he’s gearing up his fifth album, ‘-‘ (SUBTRACT), which’ll see Ed in his acoustic comfort zone. But we’re interested his recent string of collaborative work, which has earned him some of his highest charting hits. Since his acoustic 2011 hit ‘The A-Team’, Ed has put his print over genres that range from pop, Irish folk, rap, Afrobeats, reggeaton, and now he’s adding dancehall to the list.
Patois, a form of Creole, is spoken throughout the Caribbean and has different varieties depending on the country it’s spoken in. English-spoken creole is a mixture of English and West African languages, which can also have influences from Spanish, French, Dutch, South Asian languages, Mandarin and Arabic, depending on each country’s colonial history. It’s a vibrant, energetic and lyrical way of speaking that was once commonly (and still sometimes is) undermined as “broken English” and continues to be the subject of linguistic discrimination to this day.
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