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Benjamin Zephaniah to perform at the Jazz Cafe

PERFORMING: Benjamin Zephaniah and his band will embark on a 17-date tour in May

BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH will head to London next month to perform in the capital as part of his tour of the UK.

The poet and writer will play the Jazz Cafe in Camden, London, for one night only during his tour of the country with his band, The Revolutionary Minds.

The string of performances across the UK between May 15 and September 1 follow the release of the band’s most recent album, Revolutionary Minds, which has been out since September 2017.

The album saw Zephaniah team up with producer The Sea, who has worked with the likes of Buju Banton, The Wailers and Massive Attack.

Like the 60 year old’s written work, his music explores racism, the political and economic climate and other topical issues affecting the world today.

At the end of last year, Zephaniah, who had been suggested as one of the literary heavyweights to succeed Dame Carol Ann Duffy as poet laureate, passionately ruled himself out of the running.

“I have absolutely no interest in this job. I won’t work for them. They oppress me, they upset me, and they are not worthy. I write to connect with people and have never felt the need to go via the church, the state, or the monarchy to reach my people. No money. Freedom or death,” he wrote on Twitter.

Duffy will stand down from the position in May when the new laureate will be announced.

Standing and seated restaurant tickets are available for the Jazz Cafe show, which will take place on Friday, May 17.

See below for the complete list of Zephaniah’s UK tour dates

May 15 — Electric Palace, Bridport
May 16 — Trinity Centre, Bristol
May 17 — Jazz Cafe, London
May 18 — Arts Centre, Norwich
May 23 — Concorde 2, Brighton
May 24 — Shindig Weekender, Somerset
May 26 — The Brook, Southampton
May 28 — Gorilla, Manchester
May 29 — The Sage, Gateshead
May 30 — The Crescent, York
May 31 — Hay Festival, Hay-On-Wye
June 1 — MK11, Milton Keynes
June 20 — The Mill, Birmingham
June 26 — Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield
July 19 — Wilkswood Festival, Swanage
August 31 — Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead
September 1 — One Love Festival, Kent

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