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An unlikely rap star delights the crowd

Published: Tuesday 21st of October 2008

A rap concert at the Royal Albert Hall might be less of an unlikely proposition now than it would have been some years ago, but the sight of a former US Secretary of State joining in with proceedings still ranks as an unusual occurrence.

But that is exactly what happened when General Colin Powell, former top military mind in outgoing US president George Bush's cabinet, wowed fans with his MC-ing skills last week.

A guest of honour at the Africa Rising concert, 71-year-old Mr Powell joined in with popular Nigerian hip-hop duo Olu Maintain in their hit song Yahoozee.

Some commentators have since said, despite Mr Powell's actually rather impressive vocal ability and sense of rhythm, it was a shame he didn't realise the connotations of the song he chose to participate in.

The track Yahoozee references the trend in Nigerian-based internet bank account scams which aim to take advantage of unsuspecting foreign individuals, often in the UK, albeit in an ironic manner.

None of that seemed to matter to Mr Powell at the time, of course. He was too busy getting down.

LondonPass holders can enjoy a free guided tour of the historic Royal Albert Hall concert venue, home to the world-famous BBC Proms concert series, along with a ten per cent discount in the gift shop.

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