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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

The Tortoise Interview with Wretch 32

The Tortoise Interview with Wretch 32

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

An evening of conversation, ideas and entertainment, new and exclusively for Tortoise members.

English: one language with a billion native speakers and countless ways to speak it. 

Wretch 32 is one of the most influential musicians at work in Britain today. He is also a lyricist of unparalleled ability, and an advocate of music as a tool to educate as well as to entertain. In an age of unprecedented social and political change, Wretch’s music stands as a medium of protest and of progress, helping to explain and shape a new era.

His recent book, Rapthology, is part autobiography, part cultural history, and part guide to the craft of lyric writing. 

In this Tortoise Interview, we explore the use of words and language in song and rap lyrics. What makes a song work? What element causes us to stop, listen, and listen again? Is it a melody? Is it a beat? Is it the words that are sung, or spoken? Is it what they speak to within us or is it a combination of all of the above?

editor and invited experts

Aniefiok Ekpoudom
Guest editor, writer and author

Wretch 32
British rapper, singer and songwriter