'It was like being in a club' - pupils at Scarborough's St Augustine's sing along with rapper Guvna B

Pupils at St Augustine’s were all jumping and dancing when Christian rapper Isaac Borqaye, best known as Guvna B, held a mini concert at the school yesterday.

By Martina Moscariello
Friday, 17th January 2020, 3:01 pm
Updated Friday, 17th January 2020, 3:01 pm

The artist’s visit came about after Katherine Griffin, head of RE, got in touch with him after seeing him perform at Wembley Arena in March last year.

Mrs Griffin said: “I contacted him on Facebook to tell him how well he’d done and he actually sent a message back asking if I’d like him to visit the school. I immediately said yes and booked him in.”

During his visit, the double MOBO Award winner and author from Custom House, London, spoke to Year 9 and Year 10 pupils about the importance of self-esteem before going on to perform some of his most famous songs, Mazza and Nothing but the Blood of Jesus, in school’s gym.

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Guvna B at St Augustine's.

“He talked to them about his life in London and how he worked hard to impress people and make them believe he had money, power, girls when in fact he had none of that and how he realised that what he really wanted was to believe in God and be the best person he could be.

“His songs are a reflection of his life which includes his faith and being true to yourself.”

Guvna B’s performance was enjoyed by hundreds of pupils who danced and sang alongside him.

“It was like being in a club,” said Mrs Griffin.

His talks were also very popular with one Year 10 student commenting afterwards: “He didn’t speak to us as children, he spoke to us as friends.”