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Kae Tempest

British Rapper, Poet & Playwright

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Kae Tempest Biography

Forging an impressive and wide-ranging career as a poet, rapper, playwright, and novelist, Britain's Kae Tempest has shown dazzling command as an intuitive wordsmith, approaching each of their disciplines with a depth and compassion beyond their years. A spoken word performer and rapper since their teenage days, the London native has cited eclectic influences from Wu-Tang Clan to Samuel Beckett and Tracey Emin, and consistently backed them up, earning a Ted Hughes Award for 2013's Brand New Ancients, and two Mercury Prize nominations for their innovative rap/spoken word albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos. Tempest's originality and insight for human emotions have earned widespread recognition for their books of poetry and award-winning 2016 novel, The Bricks That Built the Houses. Leaning increasingly away from the more direct rap style of their earlier work, their 2019 album The Book of Traps and Lessons featured a minimalist blend of gentle organic rhythms and acoustic arrangements.

Growing up in Brockley, South London with four siblings, Tempest began working at a record store at the age of 14 and at 16 began attending the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Around this time, they made their first live performances at an open mike held by a hip-hop record shop in London's West End called Deal Real, leading to several notable gigs supporting artists like Billy Bragg and Benjamin Zephaniah, all while still a teenager. Tempest went on to earn an English Literature degree from Goldsmiths, University of London and in 2010 formed the hip-hop group Sound of Rum while also launching a career in solo performance poetry. Between the two gigs, they opened shows for artists as diverse as post-punk poet John Cooper Clarke and rapper Scroobius Pip. Sound of Rum released their album Balance in 2011, while Tempest's first book of poetry, Everything Speaks in Its Own Way, was published by Zingaro Books a year later.

Following Sound of Rum's 2012 breakup, Tempest began to focus on their career as a solo performer, poet, and playwright. They completed their first play, Wasted, and in 2013, performed the work Brand New Ancients with orchestral backing at London's Battersea Arts Centre, which went on to win the Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry. That same year, another play of Tempest's, Hopelessly Devoted, premiered at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

Signing with the Ninja Tune-affiliated Big Dada label, they began a musical partnership with producer Dan Carey and released their debut solo album, Everybody Down, in 2014, which received a Mercury Prize nomination. That same year, Picador published their next book of poetry, Hold Your Own. The young talent returned in 2016 with their first novel, The Bricks That Built the Houses, a tale focused on class, race, and sexuality. The book was a success and went on to win the Sunday Times Award for Best Selling Novel. Later that year, Tempest also issued their second album, a conceptual work based on seven residences of the same London street titled Let Them Eat Chaos. Like their first album, it was produced by Carey and nominated for the Mercury Prize. It was also published in book form. Tempest was asked to curate the 2017 Brighton Festival and in 2018 was nominated for a BRIT Award for Best British Female Solo Performer. Another poetry collection, Running Upon the Wires, appeared that year, and in 2019, they returned with their third album. Along with production mainstay Carey, The Book of Traps and Lessons featured additional help from Rick Rubin as well as a stark and foreboding tone.

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Kae Tempest Biography

Forging an impressive and wide-ranging career as a poet, rapper, playwright, and novelist, Britain's Kae Tempest has shown dazzling command as an intuitive wordsmith, approaching each of their disciplines with a depth and compassion beyond their years. A spoken word performer and rapper since their teenage days, the London native has cited eclectic influences from Wu-Tang Clan to Samuel Beckett and Tracey Emin, and consistently backed them up, earning a Ted Hughes Award for 2013's Brand New Ancients, and two Mercury Prize nominations for their innovative rap/spoken word albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos. Tempest's originality and insight for human emotions have earned widespread recognition for their books of poetry and award-winning 2016 novel, The Bricks That Built the Houses. Leaning increasingly away from the more direct rap style of their earlier work, their 2019 album The Book of Traps and Lessons featured a minimalist blend of gentle organic rhythms and acoustic arrangements.

Growing up in Brockley, South London with four siblings, Tempest began working at a record store at the age of 14 and at 16 began attending the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Around this time, they made their first live performances at an open mike held by a hip-hop record shop in London's West End called Deal Real, leading to several notable gigs supporting artists like Billy Bragg and Benjamin Zephaniah, all while still a teenager. Tempest went on to earn an English Literature degree from Goldsmiths, University of London and in 2010 formed the hip-hop group Sound of Rum while also launching a career in solo performance poetry. Between the two gigs, they opened shows for artists as diverse as post-punk poet John Cooper Clarke and rapper Scroobius Pip. Sound of Rum released their album Balance in 2011, while Tempest's first book of poetry, Everything Speaks in Its Own Way, was published by Zingaro Books a year later.

Following Sound of Rum's 2012 breakup, Tempest began to focus on their career as a solo performer, poet, and playwright. They completed their first play, Wasted, and in 2013, performed the work Brand New Ancients with orchestral backing at London's Battersea Arts Centre, which went on to win the Ted Hughes Award for innovation in poetry. That same year, another play of Tempest's, Hopelessly Devoted, premiered at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

Signing with the Ninja Tune-affiliated Big Dada label, they began a musical partnership with producer Dan Carey and released their debut solo album, Everybody Down, in 2014, which received a Mercury Prize nomination. That same year, Picador published their next book of poetry, Hold Your Own. The young talent returned in 2016 with their first novel, The Bricks That Built the Houses, a tale focused on class, race, and sexuality. The book was a success and went on to win the Sunday Times Award for Best Selling Novel. Later that year, Tempest also issued their second album, a conceptual work based on seven residences of the same London street titled Let Them Eat Chaos. Like their first album, it was produced by Carey and nominated for the Mercury Prize. It was also published in book form. Tempest was asked to curate the 2017 Brighton Festival and in 2018 was nominated for a BRIT Award for Best British Female Solo Performer. Another poetry collection, Running Upon the Wires, appeared that year, and in 2019, they returned with their third album. Along with production mainstay Carey, The Book of Traps and Lessons featured additional help from Rick Rubin as well as a stark and foreboding tone.

Kae Tempest Videos

  • Kae Tempest with Flea: On Connection
    On Connection is a meditation on the power of creative connection. Drawing on twenty years’ experience as a writer and performer, Kae Tempest...
  • Kae Tempest in conversation with Max Porter
    Perhaps best known as a poet, musician and spoken word performer, Kae has also written plays, a novel and now a work of non-fiction, On Connection....
  • Kate Tempest - 'The Beigeness'
    Taken from the Kate Tempest album 'Everybody Down', released 19 May 2014 on Big Dada Directed by India Banks and Alex Gent, Produced by...

FAQs on booking Kae Tempest

  • How to book Kae Tempest?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kae Tempest for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Kae Tempest, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kae Tempest or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kae Tempest?

    Booking fees for Kae Tempest, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kae Tempest, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kae Tempest?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kae Tempest for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kae Tempest for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kae Tempest or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kae Tempest or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kae Tempest is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kae Tempest for your event is available upon request. Kae Tempest generally travels from LondonUK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jonas Blue, Salt-N-Pepa, Tulani, Koffee and Tkay Maidza. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kae Tempest for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kae Tempest Speaker Videos

  • Kae Tempest with Flea: On Connection
    On Connection is a meditation on the power of creative connection. Drawing on twenty years’ experience as a writer and performer, Kae Tempest explores how and why creativity – however we choose...
    Kae Tempest in conversation with Max Porter
    Perhaps best known as a poet, musician and spoken word performer, Kae has also written plays, a novel and now a work of non-fiction, On Connection. In this special conversation with fellow author Max...
  • Kate Tempest - 'The Beigeness'
    Taken from the Kate Tempest album 'Everybody Down', released 19 May 2014 on Big Dada Directed by India Banks and Alex Gent, Produced by Gallivant films, DOP: Ruben Woodin-Dechamps, main part...

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