Have You Heard George’s Podcast?
The award-winning and critically-acclaimed podcast from George the Poet delivers a fresh take on inner city life through a mix of storytelling, music and fiction.
Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian • Jul 17, 2021
"Have You Heard… is more eclectic, detailed, free-flowing. A musical listen."
Alice Florence Orr • PodcastReview.org • Jan 20, 2021
"Listening requires a sensitivity to language and rhythm that places the show more in the sphere of literature or art installation, making it an innovative and compelling production."
Rebecca Mead • New Yorker • Mar 8, 2020
"Formally, the podcast is unpredictable, moving between memoir, reportage, fiction, even comedy. (It’s also hard to dip into: the podcast aspires to a literary form, offering chapters instead of seasons, and is best listened to from beginning to end. Chapter 3 will appear later this year.) At one moment, “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” offers consciousness-raising exhortation; at the next, consciousness-streaming self-examination. With a complexly layered sound design, the podcast is mostly but not exclusively spoken by Mpanga, whose voice is gentle, persuasive, and generous, and whose other stylistic innovation is to render the podcast almost entirely in rhyming verse that, like the rapping to which it is indebted, amounts to a naturalistic but heightened form of everyday speech. Mpanga’s podcast seeks to explain the logic of the streets without glamorization or endorsement. “Nobodyness—that’s a thing that’s chasing a lot of us,” he said. “It’s like you’re nothing—you’re not counted."…"
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