Well crafted murals, depending on what they portray, are exceptional works of art that give the city they are drawn in a sense of originality and uniqueness.
The same impact, if not more, was created by artists Bunny Bread and Jason Caballero, of Create Not Destroy, when they decided to dedicate a stunning piece of street-art to veteran UK Hip-hop artist Benedict ‘Ty’ Chijioke, who sadly passed way in May due to complications related to COVID-19.
Sponsored by music arts organisation Jazz re:freshed and with the support of Brixton Project, the whole event was organised by the charity Pass The Torch Music Foundation to commemorate the great rapper.
“We wanted to make sure that there was a permanent legacy piece in Brixton honouring Ty, that would be here for a considerable amount of time”, said the charity’s founder, Cyndi Anafo.
The popular and loved artist’s last album is called A Work of Heart and it was released with Jazz re:freshed in 2018. In total, he released five albums alongside great collaborations with international artists, such as Tony Allen, La Soul, Talib Kweli and Damon Albarn.
The mural is the replication of an iconic photograph took by Benji Reid, award-winning photographer and is located in Brixton, London. The decision of this particular location has a strong meaning behind it, as Brixton is Ty’s home town and the mural was drawn on what would have been his 48th birthday.
Furthermore, Ty supported many people’s lives in the local area and he was known as the unofficial Mayor of the city, reason why the spot was more than perfect for the piece of art.