Being A Man is our annual festival, exploring what it means to be man in the twenty-first century. For many of us, the music we listen to and come into contact with plays a key part in determining our identity and who we are.
As part of 2017's festival we explored this notion further and looked at how particular genres can transform who we are and the expectations we set for ourselves, within the event From Grime to Classical: Men and Music. Ahead of that event, and Being A Man in general, two of the panel produced playlists around the music which shapes and inspires them.
Nils Rune Utsi, aka Slincraze is a Sami rapper who performs in Sami, a language spoken by only 20,000 people, in order to preserve the language itself, and encourage other young Sami people not to feel ashamed of their culture. Here he shares a number of tracks from artists he’s currently listen to in his playlist Life as a Sami Rapper.
Jeffrey Boayke is the author of Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials & the Meaning of Grime, which looks at the cultural and sociological impact and context of the Grime genre. He shares his Grime and Identity playlist, below.