Fresh off two sold out London shows, poet, mental health campaigner & spoken word artist Hussain Manawer, is redefining the sound of a generation. Using poetry as a form of self-expression, the young Londoner is taking on the unstable global climate with a fusion of social commentary and artistic wordplay.
"Performance poetry gives me the opportunity to capture my imagination in words. It allows me to express those feelings and abstract thoughts in a way that provides a release and helps me to make sense of things," says Hussain.
With the release of his debut EP 'Am I Going Too Deep?'through Virgin EMI, Manawer has already drawn critical praise.
"He rails against an unstable global climate... using clever wordplay against dramatic instrumentation." The Independent
"Manawer has created a new genre of socially conscious art and in the process, has begun to blur the lines as to what constitutes music." Huffington Post
"Am I Going Too Deep' looks set to be an essential listen for your week." MTV
With regular airtime on stations such as BBC Radio 1xtra, Asian Network and BBC London, Hussain was recognised as a 'future sound' by Southbank's Alchemy Festival. Manawer has already supported superstar Ellie Goulding at the Royal Albert Hall and was requested to curate a one-off poem by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, entitled 'London Legacy' to celebrate the launch of the first night tube. Influential campaigns with Topman, Unilever and Pearson Education have since followed.
Through his work, Ilford based Manawer hopes to alleviate the stigma that exists around the topic of mental health. Most recently, he set a Guinness World Record for the 'World's Largest Mental Health Lesson.' Hussain's global reach has seen him take the stage alongside world-renowned leaders such as Kofi Annan, Oscar winning actress Cher and Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
Manawer first came to prominence when he beat thousands of entrants from over 90 countries to win a trip to space. He clinched the champion's title of 'Rising Star' in the global competition after a breath-taking spoken-word performance. Manawer started the first bout of training in the summer with more sessions to follow.
As an active campaigner, his philanthropic efforts stretch far and wide; spending 19 days in Botswana re-building a village, heading up a campaign to assist the plight of the homeless in London, climbing various mountains such as Kilimanjaro for numerous causes and galvanising the support of his peers, visiting refugee camps to personally provide aid where it's needed the most. These are just a few of the missions Hussain has undertaken in the name of humanity.
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