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Saul Williams at Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

Saul Williams at Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds IMAGE: PNP/

Belgrave Music Hall will host one of just a handful of Saul Williams tour dates, as he embarks on a new UK tour this Summer. The American rapper & singer-songwriter has recently released new album MartyrLoserKing to critical acclaim, and sold out four previous UK dates earlier this year.

Known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop, Saul Williams cites Beyoncé, Fredo Santana, and Haitian field recordings as musical inspirations for his self-produced 6th album, straining trap hi-hats and mbira strokes together for a nuanced, entirely original sound.

Written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, and New Orleans and New York, and released via The Fader Records, MartyrLoserKing is a multimedia project that engages the digital dialogue amongst global street sounds. His new single Think Like They Book Say has just been added to BBC Radio 6’s A-list.

Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001 and executive produced by Rick Rubin. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless, villages, townships, community centres, and prisons across the world. This show offers a unique opportunity to see a compelling artist at his peak.

Tickets £20, more information, here

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP

Friday 1 July


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