Monday, October 03, 2016

We live in Brockley baby - Roy Ayers comes to SE4

The latest mural in the Brockley area went up last week. Staring out from the side of Sids Plumbing and Heating Supplies (corner of Brockley Road and St Margaret's Road) is a portrait of US jazz/funk legend Roy Ayers, surrounded by lyrics from probably his best known track, Everybody Loves the Sunshine. It was pained by artist Richard Wilson. There's no particular connection with Ayers and SE London as far as I know, I believe it's just a matter of Paul and Siobhan from Sids being big Ayers' fans.

Although he  did he do that track... 

'We live in Brockley baby
Our time is now
We gotta make it, baby...
We live in Brockley, baby'

Update, January 2017:

Apparently Roy Ayers has played at least once in SE London - at the Albany in Deptford, I believe in April 1989. Anybody remember it?


BossDiva said...

Actually Roy Ayers performed a concert in South East London in the very early eighties at either The Albany in Deptford or Goldsmiths I was there he was brilliant

Unknown said...

Quality respect to the mural

Anonymous said...

Roy is "The Man" and this is a fitting tribute to him. LOVE IT!

He has played all round London & the South East regularly for the past 40 years, in fact he is playing at the Sunfall Fest, Brockwell Park, Herne Hill on 12th August. Plus 4 nights at the Jazz Cafe, Camden, in November (2017).

Ian - a Roy aficionado ;)