Speech Debelle UK

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Speech Debelle
Winner of the Mercury Music Prize for her debut album Speech Therapy

It is eight years since Speech Debelle won the Mercury Music Prize for the sensitively nuanced hip-hop of her 2009 debut album Speech Therapy.

Since then she’s pursued a singular path, taking long gaps away from music to pursue other interests from cooking (she was a semi-finalist on Celebrity Masterchef) to curating art exhibitions and fronting campaigns about homelessness and other issues.

She returned earlier this year with her third album, tantil before i breathe, which she describes as “a voyage of self-awareness, healing and liberation” on which she sets out “to recognise the scars, uncover the reasons, then let the light in and become whole.”