Part of AlchemySaturday 14 April 2012
Humble The Poet is a Toronto-bred MC and spoken word artist whose work embodies the changing nature and resilience of one of the world's most diverse cities. From his appearance to the myriad of topics and taboos addressed in his work, he introduces a critical viewpoint to Hip Hop's landscape.
In 2008, Humble the Poet (aka Kanwer Singh) began releasing independently recorded tracks and videos on Youtube. By early 2009, he had launched thepoetproject.com, a space to share his works, and those of others that inspire him.
He has toured North America, UK and India in addition to being featured in numerous publications and major hip hop web sites including MTV Iggy, Rolling Stone, World Star Hip Hop, Allhiphop, and 2dopeboyz. He is now working to establish his Believe Me Music Imprint under Major Label for 2012.
He is joined onstage by young, London-based spoken word artists. These include Naga, a lyricist and producer from East London who has been featured in the Observer, BBC Asian network and has a role in the urban horror movie 'Comedown' releasing in cinemas this year. Naga is currently working alongside the Asian Dub Founation, and recently performed at the Planet Babylon festival in Madrid, Spain.
Jasmine Ann Cooray writes to speak and speak out. Her debut pamphlet 'everything we don't say' is published with tall-lighthouse press. She has performed everywhere from the Tate Modern to Abney park cemetery.
Haroon Anwar is a 20-year-old artist from East London, currently studying English and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University, with a background in the spoken word scene. He has appeared on BBC television and radio and has performed at many different venues across the UK including Glastonbury festival.