Speech Debelle

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Every Mercury prize-winning album – ranked!
Following the announcement of this year’s nominees, we run the rule over the 26 albums that have earned the crown, from Klaxons and James Blake to M People and Talvin Singh

Dave Simpson

26, Jul, 2018 @10:45 AM

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A Change Is Gonna Come: Music for Human Rights review – musical depths in cliche-free protest songs
This celebration of political anthems – performed by Carleen Anderson, Speech Debelle, Nikki Yeoh and Nubya Garcia – transformed them into compelling art

John Lewis

22, May, 2018 @11:02 AM

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Readers recommend playlist: your songs about finishing
It’s not quite the end of the world as we know it, with a playlist including Alice Cooper, Eels, Speech Debelle and the Sundays. And, as you’d hope, it rounds itself off nicely

Sarah Chappell

15, Dec, 2016 @12:00 PM

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Speech Debelle review – anxious return with songs from the heart
The 2009 Mercury prizewinner confesses to severe nerves, but performs new material from forthcoming LP Breathe with passion

Tshepo Mokoena

03, Aug, 2015 @12:23 PM

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Speech Debelle: ‘Man, the music business is cold’
Three years after winning the Mercury prize, the rapper suffered a major meltdown. Now, as she’s about to perform her new album, she reveals why she’s back on stage

Priya Elan

19, Jul, 2015 @8:00 AM

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Please, don't lock up prisoners' guitars too | @guardianletters
Letters: As musicians, we are concerned to hear that the use of steel-strung guitars is being prohibited in prisons

28, Apr, 2014 @7:59 PM

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Best portraits of 2012 – in pictures

From Dizzee Rascal to Laura Trott, a selection of the best portraits from Guardian photographers taken over the course of the year

Alex Needham, Ranjit Dhaliwal and Mee-Lai Stone

23, Dec, 2012 @6:06 PM

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Speech Debelle: 'I was gutting fish from an early age'

The Mercury prize-winning rapper on her favourite Jamaican food and making amuse-bouche

John Hind

18, Mar, 2012 @12:03 AM

Speech Debelle: Freedom of Speech – review
Speech Debelle follows her Mercury-winning debut with an album that's musically daring and refreshingly outspoken, writes Killian Fox

Killian Fox

12, Feb, 2012 @12:05 AM

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Music Weekly podcast: Rustie and Speech Debelle

This week's podcast features interviews with Guardian first album award winner Rustie and former Mercury prize winner Speech Debelle

Alexis Petridis and Simon Barnard

10, Feb, 2012 @2:07 PM

Speech Debelle: Freedom of Speech – review
The followup to Speech Debelle's Mercury prize-winning debut is a pleasantly surprising in parts, but still pretty patchy, writes Rebecca Nicholson

Rebecca Nicholson

09, Feb, 2012 @10:30 PM

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Speech Debelle: 'It's not normal to want to be liked by everybody'

The London rapper sounds off about Lady Gaga, the riots and how she knew she was going to win the Mercury

Michael Cragg

20, Jan, 2012 @10:40 AM

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