Emmanuel Speaks

Performance poet, storyteller and musician

Emmanuel Speaks is a performance poet from East London. He has appeared on Channel 4, Huffington Post, GRM Daily, Sofar Sounds, and, more recently, collaborating with New Look for their Christmas and Spring/Summer advertising campaigns. Striving to “influence and tell the stories of a generation”, he has transitioned over the past two years from studying full-time at university to working full-time as a musician and spoken word artist. In May 2018, Emmanuel launched the first official single from his upcoming album The Composer, titled ‘Who Told You?’ (feat. rapper TE dness). By focusing on wordplay, Emmanuel strives to capture the soul as well as the imagination of his listener. He has used poetry as a force for the better in his life. He now seeks to change the dynamics of the spoken word art form – fusing it with music, mixing it with potent bass lines and purposefully sinister overtones while maintaining its eloquence and passion.

If you could change one thing about the world through your work, what would it be?

I would encourage a more fearless world – where people are not afraid to stand up, be unapologetic about who they are and share their stories.

We are beyond borders

“I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional today about real life stories. It was very, very powerful. Just get out there and talk to people. Get out of your comfort zone. Be more generous.”

– TEDxLondonSalon attendee

Favourite TED Talk:

Jon Ronson
How one tweet can ruin your life

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