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‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’ was the wonderfully titled debut album that propelled Obaro Ejimiwe straight from a freshly redundant 9-to-5er in insurance, to Ghostpoet, a name chosen for inclusion by the Mercury Prize judges to be on the shortlist for the prize back in 2011. Compared vocally to Roots Manuva, with his distinctively British mega-mumble, his music draws on a decade or so more of possible influences, and it shows. Downtempo and electronic, yet eclectic in its sonic identities, it sat perfectly on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label. Ghostpoet talks about real life, its mundanity, its necessities (money and food feature more than a bit), with real honesty. Te record made enough ripples to facilitate the creation of a second, the recently released ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, with which Obaro continues to communicate so honestly with us, yet kept the man grounded enough to keep looking inside himself, and create some of the most powerfully introverted music of this decade and beyond. Obaro gave us his time ahead of his headline slot at this year’s Norwich Sound & Vision.


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