Kae Tempest is a writer and musician from Lewisham, South London. Their first two solo albums Everybody Down (2014) and Let Them Eat Chaos (2017) respectively, were nominated for the Mercury Prize. Their third, The Book of Traps and Lessons (2019) was shortlisted for an Ivor Novello, Best Album.
Alongside music, they have released several poetry collections, a Sunday Times-bestselling novel The Bricks That Built the Houses (2017) and the book length essay On Connection (2020). Their play Paradise (2021) premiered at the National Theatre in London. The Line is a Curve (2022) is their fourth album.
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You’ve heard the words of Shungudzo, even if you think you haven’t. The prolific musician has written hit songs for the likes of Little Mix, Jessie Ware, and Oliver Heldens, but it’s time to get to know who Shungudzo really is behind her artfully crafted songs for other musicians. The artist and activist released her debut album, I’m not amother but I have children, on June 18, 2021. It’s an album reminiscent of the politically conscious music of classicartists like CSN&Y, Tracy Chapman, Rage Against the Machine, Dylan and Marley. And yet it is also unlike any album you’ve heard before.
She’s an artist with something to say, and a unique view point that transcends the genre boxes that artists often get put into. “My genre is socio-political,” she says. “Traditional genres often create boundaries rather than opportunities for artists of all races, but most often for artists of color”.