@speechdebelle Have you heard ‘The J. Cole Episode’ by @combatjackshow on #SoundCloud? https://t.co/OEDDmct7Ug

@speechdebelle Wait, is this meant to be comedy? Am I not supposed to be taking it seriously at all. Rah, I think it's meant to be comedy. My bad.

@speechdebelle Saying that, I'm watching the other episodes. It's gay black folk. I'm watching. I may continue to bitch about it though.

@speechdebelle An African or Caribbean dad that gets told to "shut up" in front of the mum too. Oh sweet Jesus no. No. *insert flying shoe emoji* #Banana

@speechdebelle Removing all traces of ones culture to fill the quota. "Let's have a black family, not black black, just you know, kind of black" #Banana

@speechdebelle This black family with no cultural identity is strange viewing. How POC are depicted on screen hasn't changed in all these years. #Banana

@speechdebelle Was excited to see an LGBTQ show on tv especially people of colour but this show lost me at the family dinner table scene. #Banana

@speechdebelle Mi luv mi car, mi luv mi bike, mi luv mi money an ting....

Mercury award winning debut album


Speech to perform at Glastonbury 2014

So after a random meeting with the man himself Billy Bragg, Speech took up his offer of performing on the Left Field Stage for this years Glastonbury Festival. Speech will be performing Friday 27th, 7.30pm just before the man himself takes to the stage. Full band including horns, new unreleased material and Speech herself making her first appearance at the festival since her groundbreaking 2009 performance. You don't want to miss this show.

Posted By: SpeechDebelle

june 19, 2014 01:22pm

Speech to perform free gig at bookabeat event

Speech will be performing a set with full band for the bookabeat event on Thursday 26th June at the legendary Madame JoJo's in Soho. This event is absolutely free so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment. Remember we told ya! Warm up acts on the night are, Peter and Kerry and Moncrieff.

Madam Jojo’s
8-10 Brewer Street
London W1 0SE

26th June, 19:00 - 22:30

Think about:
RSVP ASAP for guest list, including full names of you and your guests to: hello@bookabeat.com

Posted By: SpeechDebelle

june 19, 2014 01:11pm

Speech curates major exhibition at the South Bank.

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Speech is the first musician to be asked to curate the prestigious Koestler Trust exhibition showing until December 1 2013 at the Spirit Level Gallery on the South Bank.

Entitled "The Strength and Vulnerability Bunker" Speech has selected artworks from more than 7000 entries by the UK's incarcerated population and has conceptualised a unique space in which to display them.

She says “I'm fascinated by the thought that there are secret bunkers around the world that can store art if there is a nuclear war, to preserve human identity. I'm creating a bunker to preserve art by people who would normally be left outside. There is a duality between the bunker and the closed environments that most of this art comes from. The bunker has three zones, and moving through them I hope visitors will experience the art in three stages: strength, vulnerability and a binding or connection of the two."

Download the guidebook here :
PDF 09132013 brochure web version.pdf

Posted By: SpeechDebelle

september 29, 2013 08:58pm

Celebrity Masterchef : Speech's Hip Hop Kitchen

If you've been paying attention you know Speech likes to cook and now you can see her in action when Celebrity Masterchef returns to its primetime slot on BBC1.

Here's the rest of the line-up :

Entertainer Les Dennis; actors John Thomson, Denise Black, Brian Capron and actor and musician Ade Edmondson; comedians Katy Brand and Shappi Khorsandi; TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff; from the world of sport, triple jumper Phillips Idowu, cricketer Matthew Hoggard and boxer Joe Calzaghe; businesswoman Jo Wood; from the world of music, Sugababes Heidi Range, Boyzone’s Shane Lynch; and writer and broadcaster, Janet Street-Porter.

click here for all info.
here for the Independent feature and photos,
and here for some of Speech's cooking.

John Torode and Gregg Wallace will have their lighters in the air.

Posted By: SpeechDebelle

june 25, 2013 01:55am

Live For The Message : The Refix

Speech put together an amazing lineup featuring some of the best voices of the UK underground for the refix of LFTM : Speech Debelle, Genesis Elijah, Dels, Rain Freedom, Kasha Rae, Akala, Realism, Confucius MC, Aks and Jaja Soze.0613liveforthemessagerefix.jpg ...and SBTV filmed the performances. LISTEN TO IT!

Posted By: SpeechDebelle

june 25, 2013 01:00am