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Ghostpoet performing live at Musica Festival 2011, Sydney, Australia
Background information
Birth name Obaro Ejimiwe
Born (1983-01-18) 18 January 1983 (age 33)
Origin London,
United Kingdom
Years active 2009–present
Labels Brownswood Recordings
Play It Again Sam (current)

Obaro Ejimiwe (18 January 1983) is a British vocalist and musician better known by his stage name Ghostpoet. His first album, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, was shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize. He released his most recent album, Shedding Skin, in 2015, and it was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, as was his second album.[1]


In June 2010, Ghostpoet released his first EP The Sound of Strangers on Brownswood Recordings and was later featured in The Guardian’s "New Band of the Day".[2]

Ghostpoet's first single "Cash & Carry Me Home" was released on 24 January 2011, followed by the debut album on 7 February 2011, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam. His single "Survive It" was launched in Rough Trade East Record store, on London's Brick Lane on 9 May 2011.[3][4]

In 2011, he supported Metronomy[5] and Jamie Woon[6] in their tours and performed at Glastonbury, Sónar, Latitude, Secret Garden Party and Bestival among others.

Ghostpoet was among the nominees for the 2011 Mercury Prize.[7] The winner of the prize, PJ Harvey, was announced on 6 September 2011.

Ghostpoet's second album Some Say I So I Say Light was released on 6 May 2013. The album was preceded by the single "MSI musmiD", made available as a free download from SoundCloud in late February. Ghostpoet premiered "Meltdown",[8] the first single taken from his second album, on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 20 March 2013.

His third album, "Shedding Skin" was released on March 2nd 2015. The album featured guest appearances by Nadine Shah, Etta Bond, Mélanie De Biasio, Lucy Rose and Paul Smith. The album was shortlisted for the 2015 Mercury Prize. [9]

Ghostpoet's track "Finished I Ain't" appeared in the soundtrack of Sleeping Dogs



Year Album Released Label Peak Chart Position (UK)
2011 Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam February 4th 2011 Brownswood Recordings 119
2013 Some Say I So I Say Light May 6th 2013 Play It Again Sam 73
2015 Shedding Skin March 2nd 2015 Play It Again Sam 52


Track Released Label Length
"Liiines" September 2011 Brownswood Recordings 4:51
"Survive It" feat. Fabiana Palladino May 2011 Brownswood Recordings 4:21
"Cash And Carry Me Home" January 2011 Brownswood Recordings 3:35
"Meltdown" April 2013 Play It Again Sam 5:05
"Off Peak Dreams" February 2015 Play It Again Sam 3:18


Year EP Released Label
2010 The Sound Of Strangers June 1st 2010 Self Released


Year Artist Track Label
2011 Entrepreneurs "Fuck Tactics" feat. Foe Fear And Records
2011 Metronomy "The Look" RCRD LBL
2011 CocknBullKid "Asthma Attack" Moshi Moshi Records
2011 Birdy "Skinny Love" Warner Music UK Ltd.
2012 Alt-J "Matilda" Infectious Music

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Artist Track Label
2007/8 Micachu Filthy Friends Mixtape Rough Trade
2009 Micachu & Kwes Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.1 Self Released
2011 DELS "Trumpalump" (Quiet Remix) Big Dada Recordings
2011 The Streets "Tidy Nice" & "Neat"
2012 Micachu & Kwes Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.2 Self Released
2013 Africa Express "Maison Des Jeunes" Transgressive Records


  1. ^ "Mercury Prize 2015 shortlist". BBC. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  2. ^ Lester, Paul (2 June 2010). "New band of the day 799: Ghostpoet". 
  3. ^ "Disorder magazine Ghostpoet Interview at Rough Trade East Album Launch". Journalist Jameela Oberman. 16 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Adam (2 February 2011). "An early contender for 2011's finest out-of-leftfield long-players". BBC Music. 
  5. ^ "Ghostpoet unveils new single and support slot with Metronomy". Blindfun. 12 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jamie Woon/Ghostpoet". Soundlab. 22 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Announced". Mercury Prize. 19 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ghostpoet - Meltdown (Zane Lowe Radio 1 Rip)". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Mercury Prize 2015: The nominees". BBC. 

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