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Amy True: combining political, gritty raps with soul and jazz beats

13 November 2019


Irish / Ugandan rapper, singer, songwriter and poet Amy True is making waves in the UK hip-hop scene. Having supported heavyweights like Slum Village, Mos Def, Public Enemy and more, clearly her work is steadily getting recognised. She combines conscious, politically engaged and gritty lyricism with catchy hooks over jazz-influenced hip hop and soul. 

She’s toured with hugely influential dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah as part of his live band and also collaborated with rapper, activist and journalist Akala on his album “Knowledge is Power 2”. Part of a new wave of politically engaged UK rappers, True is a member of the ‘People’s Army Movement’ alongside Lowkey and Logic. They describe themselves as ‘a community of individuals working together to provide unity, understanding and positive social change through music, arts and education’. 

Catch her in Sheffield at Yellow Arch on November 30th for Opus and Now Then’s 11th birthday celebration. Support from local funk / soul cover band Papa Soul, La Rumba’s Román Rocha, Apricot Ballrooms‘ Joi La Frique and Vibrations’ Nez


Read:  Opus & Now Then present a night of immersive folk music w/ Sam Amidon and Rachel Sermanni billed together at the Merlin Theatre