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Masterclass Profile: Kenny Baraka


Kenny grew up in 1980s Brooklyn and spent a lot of time in extracurricular clubs - his mothers way of keeping him out of trouble. It was through these clubs that his passion for reading emerged. At age 11 he began writing lyrics and spitting bars at friends for fun.


After graduating, Kenny worked as a teacher and coached two high school basketball teams through to city playoffs. He was also writing and recording his own music. In 2000 he left the USA to tour Europe, supporting acts like Rodney P, Del la Soul and Burning Spear.


He now works to help give young people the same chances he did and is giving a rap and spoken word masterclass as part of Lewisham Live 2020. See industry workshops page for more information.