Greentea Peng Details The Worsening Inequality In London On "Ghost Town"

Greentea Peng Details The Worsening Inequality In London On "Ghost Town"

March 05, 2020

On the back of her Rising EP, Bermondsey-born vocalist Greentea Peng has released her new single "Ghost Town". On this conscious-minded track, the singer uses her distinctive sound to touch on the negative impact that gentrification is having on the working class in London.

She expertly fuses the traditional conscious sounds of reggae with elements of neo-soul to infiltrate the minds of the listeners and deliver powerful messages of despair and struggle. You can't take my city from me, she repeatedly says in the hook with a mellow but defiant voice, showing how strongly she feels about her city.

In an open letter about the song, she states: "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. 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."

Watch the powerful, Melody Maker-directed visuals for "Ghost Town" below.

Words: Jordan Lolomari
Photography: Melody Maker