Greentea Peng put out new her single "Ghost Town" with a powerful message about modern-day life in a big city. The song is inspired by The Specials’ track of the same name. The song is a mellow dub-infused soul-jazz track, with some extremely important and powerful message about the negative impact that gentrification is having on the working class in London.
Greentea Peng has lived in many, very different places - London, Hastings, Mexico, but London in her own words “It’s the most diverse city I’ve ever been to. Growing up I very much loved London, my Dad brought me up very ‘yeah London town, the best town in the world.”
She released last year's excellent EP “Rising” with big hit “Mr. Sun (miss da sun)”. Another song from the same album “Downers” has over 2.5 million views on her "COLORS" performance this summer. She received Gilles Petterson’s WorldwideFM Breakthrough Act 2020 Award and was listed in ones to watch lists in NME, the Observer and Hunger magazines.
I’m giving my voice to the artist to read her letter in full:
“Ghost Town is inspired by a Dub Judah dubplate I heard at an Iration Steppas gig and by the Specials’ Ghost Town, but also just by the utter dire straits of our city and the conditions in which our people are being forced to live in. Not just physically but the effects it has on us mentally and spiritually too.
The complete lack of respect for the environment and the people who make London what it is at its actual heart, in the actual ends, that bring the actual character to this place. Not just the tourist attractions but the streets, the public spaces that bring this place to life.
It’s about my feeling of the lack of colour both literally and metaphorically, it’s about the feeling of being in such a big wild city but not being able to actually live in it.
I have mates working two or three jobs and they’re still just about covering their rent. It’s about how difficult it is being a young person in this country, with no prospect of owning a yard, or even having a kid because, why would you? This song is an expression of a feeling of discontent towards the powers that be, it’s a microcosm for what is happening all over the world. The priority of money and wealth over the people, and the repercussions of that. From kids killing kids on the streets for iPhones, to disabled people being forced into work, to the mums having to work extra night shifts so they can afford their kids’ train fares to school.
It’s about teachers having to use food banks, it’s about turning our schools into academies with under-trained and under-qualified teachers and it’s about the misseducation and the lies. Ultimately it’s an observation of the failure of the government. They are failing the young, they are failing the old they are failing the working man.
You only need to open your eyes to see the disproportion and the struggle. Ghost Town is my ballad to London and its people, to all the people to remind them of their place and its magic.”