Ed Sheeran Pays Tribute To SBTV's Jamal Edwards With New “F64” Freestyle
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran released a new song “F64” on January 20, 2023, in tribute to the late Jamal Edwards of SBTV.
The music video for the song was filmed at Stamford Bridge, which is home stadium of Chelsea FC, whom Jamal Edwards was a lifelong fan.
British DJ and founder of the online R&B/Hip-Hop platform SB.TV, Jamal Edwards died of a cardiac arrhythmia caused by recreational drugs at his mother's home in Acton, London, on February 20, 2022, at the age of 31.
Ed Sheeran performed “You Need Me, I Don't Need You” on SBTV in 2010 before his debut. Then, the live performance caught the attention of his now manager Stuart Camp and signed to Atlantic Records.
Ed Sheeran said at a memorial for Jamal Edwards last September, “I really don't think I would have been given the opportunities that I was given had it not been for Jamal putting his arm around me. I was slogging on the acoustic singer-songwriter scene for a very long time, just blending in… and Jamal was this sort of tastemaker. He was just all about finding people and showing people new opportunities, at a time where the industry was mostly based in London.”
- Ed Sheeran joined in Russ's “Are You Entertained” last July. Jamal Edwards was due to film and produce the video, but died the day before it was due to be made.
Ed Sheeran wrote in a tribute to Jamal Edwards after his death,
“A star's light shines for millions of years after they go, and his will continue to light up every dark moment, we are all witnessing his power. I would not be here without him, professionally and personally. There will never be anything close to what he is, but I'm so grateful to have existed within his orbit.”
In the YouTube description, the SB team writes, “Last year we lost our leader and founder Jamal Edwards, MBE. It has been the hardest thing in the world to process as he was the driving force behind so much and such a bright light in all of our lives here at team SB.
Jamal had a unique connection with artists and creatives and was happiest when he was connecting and creating. His journey began locally but took him on a global adventure on the way forming unique bonds. One of these bonds was with long time friend and brother Ed Sheeran. From a tweet to a long lasting brotherhood.
With the return of the flagship series F64 Ed Sheeran kicks us off with a tribute to Jamal. At SBTV, we will continue to push and support British artists, bringing artists together in new ways. Jamal's legacy will live on through his incredible achievements, SBTV and the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust.”
Tanisha Artman, SBTV CEO “We plan to keep everything in line with what Jamal started and was working on. SBTV will stay true to its roots and that will never change as we grow. Thank you to everyone that has supported us we are forever grateful.”
- source : Apple Music