18th November | Thekla

The ultra-slick inner-city sound of Kojey Radical has led the Londoner to collaborate with the creme-de-la-creme of cool. Huge names with groundbreaking impact (including the likes of Adidas, Tate Modern and Apple) are grappling for the chance to collaborate with him, whichever medium that may be in. He’s mastered music, videography and film, mixed media art and fashion and shows no sign of slowing down. He may just be one of the most interesting names to trailblaze through to 2019.

The Hoxton native – born Kwadwo Adu Genfi Amponsah in the mid-90s – makes intelligent rap music far-flung from the UK Top 40 or Kanye West’s ‘I Love It’ and closer to his fellow almost-mainstreamers like Slowthai and Ghetts. His lyrics – backdropped by jazzy lo-fi and dexterous hip-hop – come to life with grit thanks to his raspy slam-poet style, expounding complexities of societal issues like race and class with a helping hand from his unique gift for storytelling.

His art is constantly ambitious, whether that be his work with The British Council in Russia (a brave feat for a person of colour in a not-so-accepting nation), his instrumental role in leading discussions of mental health in the black community or his boundary-pushing EPs, and that ambition has led him to attract herds of curious fans – enough to fill-out venues up and down the country, including selling out Camden’s KOKO.

Kojey Radical and his fast-rising support act, Etta Bond will give Bristol audiences a masterclass in London town cool when they hit the South West, performing at Thekla on November 18th.

See the video to ‘Water (If Only They Knew)’ ft. Mahalia here: