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Speech Debelle

Friday 26 May 2017


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Speech Debelle
May 2017

Following sell outs shows supporting Talib Kweli in December, Mercury prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle heads to Leeds Hifi for a headline show in May, as well as a co-headline show with lyrical wordsmith Akua Naru at Bristol Fleece.

Off the back of the release of her 3rd album, Speech Debelle delivers an emotionally-crafted independent project that explores her developing self-awareness, healing and liberation, accompanied by a digital cookbook and memoir filled with intimate stories documenting the highs and lows of the poetic South London lyricist’s journey through life and the music business. Released Friday 17th March.

Speech Debelle kicked in the UK music industry’s backdoor in 2009 waving her sensitive, introspective debut album, Speech Therapy, which won the Mercury Music Prize for British album of the year, beating the likes of Florence and the Machine, Kasabian and La Roux for the prestigious award. Her Kwes-produced sophomore album, Freedom Of Speech (2012), commanded further critical acclaim while expanding Speech’s captivating flair for poetic testimonies, playful narratives and dynamic rumination on power, politics and pleasure.

Speech Debelle steps out of the boxes she’s previously been placed in and lets the light of her most important work shine through with tantil before i breathe, the album and cookbook-memoir — both released on March 17th, 2017.

“…fine, fresh, serious.” Pitchfork

Time7.30pm - 10.30pm
Price£8.50 / £12
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