On Monday night an intimate crowd gathered at the St Pancras Church to see headline act George the Poet. The wordsmith from north west London was supported by unsigned artist Tom Prior, who warmed up the serene atmosphere with sentimental oeuvres which included his own unique take on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe mixed with an up-tempo adaptation of Emeli Sande’s Heaven – beautiful!
After waiting in anticipation, the 22-year-old poet took to the stage clad in a black suit, he stood with prominence and for that moment he ruled our world.
The YOLO poet, real name George Mpanga, highlighted various thought-provoking political and social issues that impinge on the lives of the youths of today. He strategically used his powerful literature fuelled with puns and rhythmic deliverances to put things into perspective and make us think ‘outside the box’.
The evening was also an opportunity for George to use his voice to target those who are in positions of power but squander their use of it. It was a night to educate rappers and ‘olders’ who can be negative influences to the younger generation who need guidance. A night of truth.
Although George’s presence was powerful alone, when singer Jacob Banks joined him on stage it was just phenomenal. Banks who is part of George’s musical family (both under Renowned Group) joined George on stage and contributed some of his soulful vocals which were a superb combination.
The overall piece was beautifully presented as a sequel and dedicated to Malcolm X or ‘Malik’. George was the centerpiece of a sell-out show this week. This is now an addition to his list of successes and we hope that there is many more to come!
This was an evening where minds where opened and spirits were lifted.
Well done George!