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Kate Tempest | #katetempest |
(Kate Esther Tempest)
[1986-…], Lewisham, Greater London, United Kingdom |

Biography
Discerning ears had already noticed her with the Sound of Rum collective, but it was under the pseudonym Kate Tempest that a wider audience got to know the young woman from London. With the help of producer Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip), she released her first album Everybody Down in 2014. Her musical influences range from British bass music to American hip-hop, but above all, it’s her lyrics that have the last word. Hardly surprising for this contemporary poetess, who is as much influenced by Samuel Beckett as Wu-Tang Clan, using to great effect the deafening violence of the language and sounds of hip-hop.
[Paléo 2015]

Have we finally found the chosen one, she who will put an end to the pointless debate “Is it rap or slam, spoken word or hip hop?” Kate Tempest simply draws a line under these formal questions, finding a third dimension in her unique flow. This Tempest, the tornado of the last Transmusicales de Rennes festival, hasn’t calmed down since November. The impetuous English girl follows in the footsteps of Big Dada’s Roots Manuva and Speech Debelle, whilst knowing how to stray from them when she becomes a poet or a playwright. In her tornado notebook, Kate Tempest orchestrates the sublime encounter of Virginia Woolf and the Wu-Tang Clan, and confirms that the stage name she has chosen is fully deserved.
[Rock en Seine 2015]

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