Nile Rodgers plays a medley of hit songs at free busking festival in Wembley Park
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Music legend Nile Rodgers dropped in on a “cool little spot” in Wembley Park to open the International Busking Day on Saturday.
The Chic frontman said: “Thanks to Wembley Park, a cool little spot – we’ve not gotten big enough to play the really big part.” Pointing to the football stadium, he added: “One day, one day. You’re in my sights.”
He launched with Like A Virgin, the song he produced for Madonna, now fronted by singing sidekick Folami.
He then gave a rundown of his career from busker to superstar with a medley of chart toppers including Everybody Dance, I Want Your Love and Let’s Dance, which he made with David Bowie.
Folami, who has sung with Nile for 10 years, added: “It’s a pleasure to be here and see such amazing talent. I enjoy listening to these buskers. I often think of doing it myself but then I chicken out!”
The afternoon’s entertainment saw music from singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, Nina Nesbitt, Lewis Floyd Henry and Keywest.
Dotted around Wembley Park, including inside the Underground station, outside the London Design Outlet and at the foot of the Wembley Stadium pedway, were less well-known buskers from around the borough and city.
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Visitors making the most of the free and family friendly day of celebrations lounged in deckchairs or sat on steps watching circus and dance acts – including a show-stopping performance by African Warriors.
There were chances to learn busking, street dancing, guitar pedal skills and circus tricks, all of which were available throughout the day.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Brent Council’s leader, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to host International Busking Day in Wembley Park and celebrate busking and street performance. I hope it will give audiences, both on the ground in Brent or joining in around the world, a taste of what’s to come as we warm up for Brent Borough of Culture 2020.”
The International Busking Day is part of an initiative established by the mayor of London. It builds on the success of the Busk in London and Gigs busking programmes