Dizraeli

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Dizraeli
Birth nameRowan Alexander Sawday
Born26 August 1982 (1982-08-26) (age 38)
Bristol, England
GenresHip hop
Websitehttp://www.dizraeli.com/

Dizraeli is a British rapper, poet and musician from Bristol, England. Though rooted strongly in hip-hop traditions, his work draws inspiration from old folk music, recognising the common ground shared by songs of the people from any point in history.

In 2019 Dizraeli publicly talked about struggling with mental health issues for around a year around 2017 for which he received therapy.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Dizraeli is was born Rowan Alexander Sawday on 26 August 1982, to the travel publisher and ecological campaigner Alastair Sawday and Mary Sawday.

In his memoirs, Traveling Light, Dizraeli's father Alastair said that he "should have... better fathered [his son Dizraeli]."[2]

He attended a comprehensive school in North Somerset, at which he was bullied.[3][4]

He has practiced as a vegetarian.[5] He is bisexual and was aware of this growing up,[6] and came out to a crowd of 4,000 people.[7]

He attended the University of Brighton.[8] He spent a period studying West African music in Senegal.[9]

Career[edit]

Dizraeli has performed at the Glastonbury Festival, the Latitude Festival, the Eden Project, and the Royal Festival Hall. He has won both the Farrago UK Slam Championships and the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam,[10] and written several hip-hop plays including Rebel Cell,[11] with Baba Brinkman. Dizraeli & The Small Gods were shortlisted for the 2014 Songlines Music Awards for their album Moving in the Dark. In 2015 they collaborated on a new video for the title track, with Jamie Magnus Stone.

He has written several hip-hop plays including Rebel Cell,[11] with Baba Brinkman.

In 2016 Dizraeli released his EP 'Eat My Camera' and continued to tour as a solo artist.

I once vowed never to fly again, only to get work in Cairo, and therefore traveled there over land.[12]

Recognition[edit]

Dizraelie won both the Farrago UK Slam Championships and the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam.[10]

Dizraeli & The Small Gods were shortlisted for the 2014 Songlines Music Awards for their album Moving in the Dark.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honesty is addictive | Videos". Headtalks.com. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  2. ^ Sawday, Alastair. Travelling light : journeys among special people and places. London. ISBN 0-349-14233-5. OCLC 985280447.
  3. ^ "Culture The Book of Man". The Book of Man. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Handing your Diary to Strangers - from OX Magazine". Oxmag.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  5. ^ Sawday, Alastair. Travelling light : journeys among special people and places. London. ISBN 0-349-14233-5. OCLC 985280447.
  6. ^ "Culture The Book of Man". The Book of Man. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  7. ^ Cox, Emilia (16 May 2019). "Dizraeli: The Story So Far". UKHH.com. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  8. ^ "An Interview With MC Dizraeli". Artfulscribe.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  9. ^ "An Interview With MC Dizraeli". Artfulscribe.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  10. ^ a b BBC. "BBC Radio 4 – Poetry Slam 2007". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  11. ^ a b Haddrell, James. "The Rebel Cell". Greenwichtheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  12. ^ Russell, Steven. "Heart's forever in Suffolk". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 9 April 2020.