Between the grit of East London and the charisma of Essex sits the unassuming town named Ilford, home to the iconic Ilford Lane, Belgrave Road and internationally recognised poet, Hussain Manawer.
Drawing inspiration from Mike Skinner, JK Rowling and Tupac Shakur, it was the many nights in Valentine’s Park where Manawer began to perfect his craft. Having been inspired by a school teacher who suggested he enter a poetry competition, fast forward a decade or so and Hussain Manawer now travels across the world to deliver raw performances that promise to pack an emotional and inspiring punch.
Carving out a new genre of socially conscious art for the masses, the ‘Original Mummy’s Boy’ released his debut EP 'Am I Going Too Deep?' through Virgin EMI in 2017, to critical praise:
"He rails against an unstable global climate... using clever wordplay against dramatic instrumentation." The Independent
His poetry has since garnered regular airtime on stations such as BBC Radio 1xtra, Asian Network and BBC Radio 4 and Radio 6. As well as earning recognition as a 'future sound' by Southbank's Alchemy Festival.
Hussain has already supported superstar Ellie Goulding at the Royal Albert Hall, iconic Oscar winning actress, Cher, and was requested to curate a one-off poem by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, entitled 'London's Legacy' to celebrate the launch of the first night tube. Building on his success, 2018 will welcome new music and poetry, centred on the theme of bereavement and coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.
Drawing inspiration from his life experiences – the good, the bad and the difficult - with the release of his new project, he hopes to connect with a wider audience on a topic many will have personally experienced.
Infiltrating the worlds of entertainment, finance and business, to name a few - through his campaign work and poetry, the Ilford based wordsmith is challenging the stigma that exists around the topic of mental health. Most recently, he set a Guinness World Record for the 'World's Largest Mental Health Lesson' and appeared in the Samaritan’s Brew Monday campaign alongside comedian Ross Noble, Years & Years’ frontman Olly Alexander and the BBC’s Yasmin Evans.
With three sold-out London headline shows under his belt, Manawer is now set to perform at the Captial’s iconic Jazz Café in June – promising the audience an emotional experience they will not forget. Hussain's global reach has seen him share platforms with world-renowned leaders such as Kofi Annan, Meghan Markle and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.