Coventry musicians have recorded a song in support of Coventry's bid to be City of Culture in 2021.
Check out the brilliant new 'Minute to Win It' track with its toe tapping, sing-along lyrics and a variety of musical styles, including Bhangra, Tumbi, Tabla, Ska and Punky rhythms, mixed with Folk, Rock Euro/Tambura. The fun and diverse mix of vibes were the idea of Coventry's very own Original Rude Boy, Neville Staple and his performer wife and manager, Christine Sugary Staple. The couple independently decided to do something to celebrate Coventry, whilst supporting the 2021 City of Culture Bid. So together with long-time friend Tom Lowry of Planet Studios and various others, including Paul Sampson and Tony 'HRS' Moore, they recorded 'Minute to Win It'.
Sugary stated that "the music is a full mix of cultural sounds and, lyrics that are meant to be fun, with a feel of group unity and celebration. Just like you may get at a rugby or footie match in the terraces. We feel that of all the cities across the UK, Coventry must be the greatest contender for the City of Culture 2021. We have an amazing mix of cultures across the city, we have the historic buildings, we have the iconic music of 2Tone Ska that went Worldwide, along with other genres, we have the heritage manufacturing of the Hackney black cabs, plus a closeness not felt in many other places in the UK. I originate from London and have lived in other areas too and have never felt such a fabulous link to the community, as I do in Coventry, which is why it has become my home for the last 8 years."
Husband Neville said, "We do a lot of things across Coventry supporting projects in schools and helping with various charities and student mentoring, so we decided to link the song to the Lord Mayor's charity, so that all download profits will go to 'Teenage Cancer Trust and Zoe's Place'. A brilliant choice. So, it would be great if the people of Coventry would get behind the song, download it and be prepared to celebrate the place we call home, while supporting those who have daily struggles to deal with." He added "my wife came up with the name 'Minute to Win it', which is based on it taking around a minute or so, to get around Coventry's famous ring road on a traffic free day. Then from the ring road, you can see some of the most magnificent heritage buildings and, you can basically get to every corner of the city from there. So it seemed fitting for a fun bid song, with its aim of getting every corner of Coventry's people together. Regardless of the bid, lets show that Cov is our winning City"
The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Tony Skipper, said:
“It’s great that the whole city is rallying round the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and getting people together to celebrate Coventry in song is an enjoyable way of showing that support. I love that the song is based on the iconic ring road too and the lyrics capture our city’s sense of togetherness and having fun.
“I appreciate everyone’s time and support to pull this together, especially Christine Sugary Staple and Neville Staple who wrote the song and helped gather friends and colleagues together to help out. With my two official charities, Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice and The Teenage Cancer Trust benefitting from some of the proceeds via the download, hopefully it’ll encourage people to get behind the song, show their support for the Bid and, also raise valuable money for two great charities.”
Support the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal and download the song online.