kate tempest

I’m usually the last person to ask about “what’s happening now” in music, or books, or TV. When I was a professional musician, I dutifully kept track of what was popular, what seemed to be the trends, etc. That’s part of being a professional, in any field.

But then, when I quit, I stopped paying attention and listened to what I felt like listening to. I occasionally know something about current music, but usually after everybody else has discovered it first (I really like Lorde, but I think everybody else knew about her already).

But I just found out about Kate Tempest, and this time I think there are still a few people who don’t know about her yet, at least in the U.S. I read about her in the Guardian, and she sounded interesting. A poet, playwright, “spoken word artist” and rapper. Even apart from the fact that I’m not sure what a “spoken word artist” is, that’s an intriguing combination.

So, I bought her album Everybody Down (do we even say “album” anymore?), and when I was listening I just kept hitting Repeat to listen to this song again and again:

As I say, I don’t know where the borders are between “rapper” and “poet” and “spoken word artist,” but there’s this, which I frankly admit made me cry:

Too many embedded videos in one blog post can cause problems — at least for me — so here’s a link to Kate Tempest’s ringing and poetic endorsement of hip-hop and what it means to her:

I want Kate Tempest to make a record with Lorde. ASAP.

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3 Responses to kate tempest

  1. Maggie says:

    I listened to “War Music” — not what I normally listen to, but very well done.

    • Apparently the poetry people (the ones who are in charge of deciding who is a poet and who isn’t) are divided about her. On one hand, some dismiss her because her work doesn’t read as poetical enough on paper. On the other hand, she won the Ted Hughes award.

      Fortunately, I don’t have any responsibility toward the world of official poetry, so I can just enjoy what I like. 🙂

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