Award-winning poet, podcast host and racial equality campaigner, George the Poet uses his art to discuss important social issues, like the Black Lives Matter movement. As a BAME speaker, the rapper discusses vital topics including equal opportunities, workplace inclusion and systematic racism, to educate audiences. He supplies both personal stories and academic knowledge as a sociology graduate, making for a transformative experience at events.
Formerly known as George Mpanga, his latest venture is a highly successful podcast, first launched in 2018. The series titled Have You Heard George’s Podcast? supplies social commentary on current events, including the Grenfell disaster and race relations. Such experience makes George highly adept at virtual occasions, as his understanding of an online format ensures a seamless event. His podcast has been recognised with several awards, including five British Podcast Awards, Peabody Award and NME’s Best Podcast.
His poem titled My City caught the attention of BBC Radio 1, who selected George for their Hackney Weekend. The piece was later adapted by dance producer Bodhi, who then produced George’s EP, The Chicken and the Egg. Additional releases include the single Cat D and poetry collection Search Party, both in 2015. George’s work, like his speeches, touch upon the events that have defined English society.
Named Lovie Awards’ Artist of the Year, Visionary Arts’ Influencer of the Year and Broadcasting Press Guild’s Podcast of the Year, George has been recognised with several accolades. He was the first podcast host outside of the UK to receive a Peabody Award, and in 2020 was named Best Presenter by the Audio Production Awards.
George has worked with some of the biggest names in business, including Sky Sports F1, who commissioned poems for the 2012/13 season, and Which?, in a political campaign. In 2018, he performed at the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding and joined the National Council of Arts Council England.
At events, George can reflect on his incredible career, including the reasons behind turning down an MBE. Able to discuss topics including historical racism, discrimination and diverse representation, his speeches educate business leaders on the importance of workplace inclusion. Audiences will instantly recognise George from his media appearances, ensuring an unforgettable occasion.