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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.

Biography

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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