A night of extraordinary words, performance and sounds; free speech and beats
We are proud to present an exclusive European appearance by incomparable emcee, poet and rap artist Saul Williams, together with his band. In addition, spoken word collective Tongue Fu present some of the best in the UK: Dizraeli, Salena Godden, Vanessa Kisuule and Chris Redmond. Plus Belgium's Baloji. And if this wasn't enough, DJ Norman Jay MBE and DJ Nerm (Shiva Soundsystem) will be opening hearts and minds with a special music selection.
The British Library is celebrating the liberties and freedoms that are our birthright and this event takes place in the presence of the original Magna Carta and Bill of Rights manuscripts and much more. The exhibition will be open on the night, included in the ticket price.
Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album Amethyst Rock Star in 2001, executive produced by Rick Rubin, and is now releasing his sixth album and multimedia project Martyr Loser King written and recorded in Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, and New Orleans and New York. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has recorded with artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg and has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned the White House, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center and The Louvre, to countless townships, community centres and prisons across the world. He has made many film and television appearances.
Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library