Kate Tempest (born Kate Esther Calvert, 22 December 1985) is an English poet, spoken word artist and playwright. In 2013 she won the Ted Hughes Award for her work Brand New Ancients.
Tempest first performed when she was 16, at open mic nights at Deal Real, a small hip hop store on Carnaby Street in London’s West End. She went on to support acts such as John Cooper Clarke, Billy Bragg, Benjamin Zephaniah and Scroobius Pip. She toured Europe, Australia and America with her band ‘Sound of Rum’ and worked with organisations such as Yale university, the BBC, Apples and Snakes, The Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tempest has performed at such venues as the Glastonbury Festival, Latitude, The Wandering Word tent at Shambala, The Big Chill and the Nu-Yorican poetry café, where she won two poetry slams. Her first poetry book was Everything Speaks in its Own Way, followed by her first work of theatre, Wasted. At 26, she launched the theatrical spoken word piece Brand New Ancients at the Battersea Arts Centre (2012), to great critical acclaim.The piece also won Tempest the 2013 Off West End Award (“The Offies”) for “Best TBC Production”. Tempest’s influences include Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, W B Yeats, William Blake, W H Auden and Wu-Tang Clan.
In 2014 she released the album Everybody Down (Big Dada), which was produced by Dan Carey and was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize.
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Many more mp3 recordings are going back up tonight. Many that are in Itunes. Our little “Free Mp3″ enterprise was huge. We couldn’t give them away fast enough. Other websites streaming our material through play buttons meant that most people never actually came here to listen. That’s disconcerting to most artists but has never been much of a problem for us. It’s our secret radio.
Because of my name, david michael jackson…..
Since I put these songs back up, somebody in Tibet might ask a Russian MP3 website for Michael, and he’ll play one of my songs from the Russian site, then he’ll say, “Mikael Jakson? Yes I have heard this person.”
When we give it away it’s scattered all over the place. It is indeed good to purchase so that the material is neatly in one place. These days we’ve decided to keep selling and to also keep giving samples away. It’s the internet.
At least until Net Neutrality ends!
“When Ya’ll head out on the fast lane ya’ll might be gone fer gud.”
It’s been a hard year for me. I’ve lost good friends. I just feel like giving stuff away and all I have are my songs, poems, and art.
I and we have lost a friend, brother, contributor and poet.It is with a heavy heart that we embed this page. Seymour is embedded in my heart. We published his first poems in 2011 and have rejoiced when they came.
We will not publish for one week in honor of our friend.
The last poem he sent to me was written in 2012
I have been doing this for a long time in internet time, since 1997. I have always published poems as they came in rather than have issues. When they don’t come in I write poems myself. I am the earliest example of how very close to people you can become on this thing.
You can love people
you’ve never seen,
or have seen once
on this thing.
Love them as surely as the sun
if that is sure
I have heard of this place
they call heaven.
If this man is not there
decline the invitation
Seymour, my friend,
they are saying your 93 years was a long life.
For me it was three years
that I knew you
and that’s just not enough
and, to me,
you died so young.
david michael jackson