Jelani Blackman

Born in Brixton and raised in Ladbroke Grove, Jelani Blackman has steadily emerged as one of London’s most rousing voices in recent times after what has been a testing few years.

A career that began like many Black British musicians, in the church, has since blossomed, and those years singing gospel, as well as the grime and rap influences of his local area in west London, have moulded Jelani into one of the most eclectic MCs of our time.

However, Jelani’s sound is far more expansive, covering a range of sounds that reflect Black music in Britain, such as jungle, soul, and R&B, where traces can be felt and heard across his music. Widely known for his low-pitched, bass-heavy vocals, Jelani has seen support from tastemakers including Annie Mac, DJ Target, Rickie & Melvin, Maya Jama,  Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo, and more.

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