George the Poet – Me, Music, and the War on Blackness | How To Academy

Thu, 25 April 2024

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm BST

George the Poet – Me, Music, and the War on Blackness

Live In Conversation In London and via Livestream

The ground-breaking rapper, poet, and podcaster George the Poet joins Gary Younge to explore the music, people, and politics that made him who is he today.

‘When Grime became the soundtrack to our lives, it gave a voice to the hustle. We were all looking for money, but it was deeper than that; we were looking for a future.’

George the Poet knows better than anybody the importance of understanding your surroundings.

Born to Ugandan parents on the St Raphael’s Estate in Neasden, north-west London, George Mpanga has always been aware of his community. It was both his teacher and his inspiration – giving him the language, the experiences, and the skills to become the person he is today.

Now George joins Gary Younge live in London to unveil the power dynamics that shape our world, shedding light on the forces that restrict Black creativity and put limits on Black excellence. By interrogating the history of colonialism and exploring capitalism’s racist legacy, George will offer a fresh perspective on the world around us.

Celebrating his ground-breaking new memoir Track Record, this conversation will delve into the music scene and iconic films from his childhood, as well as crucial political and economic moments in history, and provide the backstory of where we are today.

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George Mpanga

Award-winning rapper, poet, and podcaster

George Mpanga, the British Ugandan artist better known as George The Poet, is a Peabody Award Winning London-born spoken word performer. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and a social commentator, and seen his words broadcast to billions worldwide.

Gary Younge

Author, Broadcaster and Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester

Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the University of Manchester. Formerly a columnist at The Guardian, he is an editorial board member of the Nation magazine, the Alfred Knobler Fellow for Type Media and winner of the 2023 Orwell Prize for Journalism. He has written six books, including, Dispatches From the Diaspora: From Nelson Mandela to Black Lives Matter; The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream and Who Are We?—And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? He has also written for The New York Review of BooksGranta, GQ, The Financial Times and The New Statesman. He lives in London with his wife and two children.