A poet, a man. Rest in peace brother Spaceape

When we met for tea a couple months ago, Stephen was full of hope, humble and resilient. We were making plans to meet again in the coming weeks. I will always cherish my memories of performing Ghost Town with him in Jerry Dammer’s Spatial AKA, and of our chats, in which he would speak openly and bravely of his illness. His was a singular talent, one not given to many. He was a poet, a man, a comrade. My love to his family. I will miss him terribly.

New EP ‘Botanique’ out now!

The new Ep is out on digital and vinyl now! Features Osunlade’s spiritually uplifting take on Botanique, plus some truly inspired mixes by Patchworks and Jukebox Champions.

Download from itunes or order vinyl from Heavenly Sweetness

Botanique (Osunlade Yoruba Soul Mix)
Kezi (Patchworks Mix)
Hustle to Live (Jukebox Champions Mix)

You can listen to the other mixes at my youtube channel

The best, Bocas

Back from the Bocas Literary Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad. A truly magical time of iguanas, poetry and buzzing heat. Family and oceans. Distance and breath, salt and longing. I’m grateful for all involved in inviting me, it was a moving homecoming which justifies the sacrifices and show’s that people are listening to poets even more now, in these crucial times. I hope to return next year, and the years after that.

You can listen to my readings here, with Malaika Booker on the first day of the festival:


My interview with Linton Kwesi Johnson: https://soundcloud.com/bocaslitfest/linton-kwesi-johnson?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=twitter

And a performance of ‘Time’ and ‘Michael X’ alongside LKJ, Vladimir Lucien, Kei Miller, Malaika Booker, Laurene Alleyne, Mervyn Morris and Lorna Goodison: https://soundcloud.com/bocaslitfest/thelivingword1