5. George The Poet
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"I find George The Poet so engaging and mesmerizing - he has a way of taking you on an amazing musical journey. No matter what he is talking about, you find yourself clinging to his every word and the venue always erupts when he breaks into song." Anna Karatziva, Head Of Talent & Music, MTV
George The Poet is one of the most agile lyricists in the UK, and a captivating storyteller. I love everything about him, and I believe he will soar in 2015Mary Anne Hobbs, Presenter, BBC Radio 6 Music
George Mpanga grew up on the Stonebridge Park estate, one of the roughest areas of Harlesden in North West London. He listened to a lot of hip-hop and grime, but also discovered the poetry of Black Ice, Maya Angelou and George Watsky – people who understood that struggle was overcome by talking about it.
He’s already much-sought-after by artists wanting to add his unique sparkle of street-savvy verse and thoughtful wordplay to their work. Emeli Sande, Paulo Nutini, Labrinth, Naughty Boy & Wretch 32 have all given him guest spots, and he’s supported Nas on tour and performed on the BBC’s Later… with Jools Holland.
“There’s no-one doing what George is doing at the moment; a passionately articulate wordsmith for a young generation, now with some incredible production behind him from Bodhi.” Matt Fincham, Producer, The Radio 1 Breakfast Show, BBC Radio