To me Clement, Rich, Stacey, Kojo, Dion, Dan and Jonny are my ardent Peri-Peri pals from Saaaaaff London but to most they are the diverse seven-piece collective Clement Marfo & The Frontline.
I was first introduced to this fun-loving bunch a couple of years back by their manager and my then partner in online-customer-service crime Luke. Luke’s enthusiasm for CMTF’s sound, an idiosyncratic fusion of hip-hop, grime, rave and rock, was (and still is) contagious. Upon closer inspection it was clear to see why. Clement’s hard-hitting rap stylings are complimented by the instrumental talents of the band to create gargantuan tracks that are unique, dynamic and literally knock you off your feet.
Having become something of an underground phenomenon CMTF gained support early on from opinion formers such as Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Semtex, Ed Sheeran, Mistajam and the folk at sbtv. No surprise then that their debut single ‘Overtime’ featuring Ghetts has received ample airplay on Choice, 1xtra, Kiss, Radio1 and Capital FM to name a few. 2011 also saw the band perform at esteemed urban showcases ILUVLIVE, Wired and Sara Cox’s Insanity New Music Tour as well as alongside established artists Plan B, The Streets,
and the Machine, De La Soul and Example. Not too shabby eh? CMTF are most at home on stage and their live shows are a force to be reckoned with. Executed with raw passion and gusto the band fuels an atmosphere so energetic, so uncontainable and so infectious that even the most hard-faced of industry folk are guaranteed to be bouncing around alongside us mere mortals by the end of the set. You have been warned. Resistance is futile. Florence
So what next for Clement Marfo & The Frontline? Well I’m glad you ask. Aside from being added to the line-up for this years Isle of Wight Festival, HMV’s Next Big Thing and MOBO Tour. Not to mention the release of their second Warner Bros Records single ‘Mayhem’ featuring grime’s ‘Top Boy’
And, of course, TV performances as part of T4’s Rising Stars. CMTF have only gone and got themselves nominated for MTV’s Brand New For 2012 haven’t they? This impressive accolade, which highlights the band as definite ones-to-watch, has previously been awarded to the likes of Lady GaGa, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and Adele. No big deal. Gah. . Kano
Voting for this prestigious prize is open NOW and we, yes WE, have until January 31st to get these guys (and gal) to the top spot. As their lyric "nobody works no harder than we" suggests I have witnessed first hand the blood, sweat and tears that Clement Marfo & The Frontline have put into making their band a success and I could not think of a single group of individuals more talented, more inspirational or more deserving.