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Not content with receiving major plaudits for his performance in Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, writing and producing his debut solo theatre show, Shine, at Live Theatre last year (where he became an associate artist) as well as working with young people to develop songwriting and rapping skills to build their confidence, Kema Kay unveils yet another project which further demonstrates his talent.

The Newcastle-based rapper’s new EP, Not Anymore, takes the listener on a journey through Kema’s life; from facing adversity, racism and tragedy, Kema’s eloquent lyrics describe how he’s overcome the trials of his life to become a confident and self-assured young man. The title track’s rhythmic beats and stabbing strings are a particular highlight: “They used to count me out and that used to bother me, but not anymore”. The EP switches between genres, from grime to hip-hop, pop and Afrobeat; Let’s Drive shows a softer side, while Standard’s whispered intro belies the barely restrained anger of the lyrics and Woes’ glitchy synths and honest introspection demonstrate Kema’s lyrical prowess.

There’s a lot of unexpected songs on the EP. People will get to hear a side of me they haven’t before.” Kema says of the release. “The passion, the anger, the sadness, the happiness, the fun, the loss, the gain. I’m letting the audience into my world. More than I ever have before.”

Kema Kay releases Not Anymore EP on 9th August

 

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