Testament is a Hip-Hop MC, poet, theatre maker and world record breaking human beatboxer. Born in North London and growing up Manchester, moving onto to study in West Yorkshire where he now currently resides. As a lyricist his critically acclaimed work together strands of rap, song and spoken word. Testament’s work includes the celebrated Hip-Hop album Homecut: No Freedom Without Sacrifice, as well as several spoken word performances for BBC Radio (1xtra, Radio 4 and 6Music).
Testament is currently touring his new one man show about rap music, feminism and fatherhood entitled WOKE (The Roundhouse, Royal Exchange Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Camden’s People’s Theatre).
Testament also penned Black Men Walking, a new play produced by the award-winning Eclipse Theatre Company and The Royal Exchange Manchester, touring nationally in 2018 including The Royal Court and is the Musical Director on the Mind the Gap touring show Skip Rap. He is currently a supported artist at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and a Roland sponsored artist.
He’s worked with a diverse range of people from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae, Ray Parker Jnr, jazz legends Joe Lovano and Jean Toussaint, Mercury nominee Soweto Kinch to the originator of Hip-Hop himself DJ Kool Herc. He also won the BBC Urban Music Talent Award in 2007. In 2015 and wrote his first show the acclaimed play Blake Remixed – a personal response to the work of William Blake which had a successful run in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.
Testament is a former presenter of Radio 4’s ’Seriously’ podcast and has presented a series of reports on the MOBO awards for ITV. His poetry has published in several anthologies and has been used a teaching resource internationally.
He is also a international workshop facilitator, founding workshop company Hip-Hop Clinic in 2014 producing workshops in venues that range from schools, universities and stadiums, to prisons and park benches. Work as a poet coach includes BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra, The Roundhouse and Apples & Snakes.