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Who is George the Poet?

George the Poet is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and a social commentator.


George took up spoken word while studying Social and Political Sciences at King's College, Cambridge. During his first year, while chairing the King's College Student Union, he gained a small following by uploading webcam performances to YouTube and gigging at universities across the country. At this time, George won a social enterprise competition called "The Stake", organised by Barclays and Channel 4, earning him a £16,000 grant to deliver poetry workshops to disadvantaged young people.

Shortly after graduating, George the Poet embarked on a music career, culminating in the 2014 release of his debut effort, "The Chicken & the Egg EP". A critical success, the EP earned George a string of nominations, including the Brits Critics' Choice Award, MTV 'Brand New' Award and BBC Sound of 2015 Shortlist.

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