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). He is also currently Channel 4 Writer in Residence at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester.
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 the play Black Men Walking, nominated for BEST NEW PLAY at the UK Theatre Awards and for BEST PLAY at the Writer’s Guild Awards. Produced by the award-winning Eclipse Theatre Company and The Royal Exchange Manchester, it toured nationally in 2018 including The Royal Court. Testament was also the Musical Director touring show Skip Rap with Mind The Gap artist Alan Clay.
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 he 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. Testament has been a guest presenter on BBC 5Live alongside the brilliant Nihal Arthanayake, and is set to present BBC Radio 4’s flagship show “Pick of the Week“ twice this year in 2019.
Testament's poetry has been published in several anthologies and has been used a teaching resource in the UK and in over 14 countries around the world. 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.
Testament is also currently a judge for The BBC Young Writers' Award with First Story & Cambridge University in 2019.