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Somewhere you should go… Jean Grae at The Jazz Cafe, January 31st

Jean Grae The Cultural Exposé

With a career spanning two decades and a very successful jazz pianist father, this South African female rapper has proved herself to be quite the legend. Moving through different monikers along the way, first as a member of Natural Resource and then as ‘What What’, Jean Grae has always been at the top of her game. Through the years she has managed to team up with the biggest talents in Hip Hop such as The Herbaliser, The Roots, Mos Def and Pharaoh Monch. Since 2005 she has been signed to Talib Kweli‘s Blacksmith Records – who rightly deems her to be ‘one of the last true MCs left’.

Being the renegade she is, Grae’s career came into dispute back in 2008 and there has been some to-ing and fro-ing with retirement. However this was all put to rest in 2011 with the release of a free mixtape titled Cookies or Comas, no doubt a taster for things to come. So considering this in an artist who truly does things differently, this gig isn’t to be missed. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you then, how about the incredible supporting act Chima Anya? The rapping doctor – physician by day and rapper by night (I guess art really can save lives).   (Words: Laura Thornley) 

For ticket information, visit www.hmvtickets.com

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