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Noname at Manchester Academy

Noname
Manchester Academy
4th February 2024

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Chicago’s acclaimed rapper, poet, and social activist Noname comes to Manchester Academy this February. After guest spots with Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, and Saba, Noname rose to prominence with her debut Telefone in 2016, and quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with 2018’s follow-up album Room 25 which expanded her sound with neo-soul and jazz flourishes and garnered even more critical acclaim. Since then, it’s been a long wait for her next album, with only a handful of singles dropped in the proceeding years, including 2021’s outstanding ‘Rainforest’, but last summer, Sundial finally arrived, and its arguably the rapper’s finest record yet.

Known for her intricate lyricism and unique flow, Noname brings a refreshing perspective, addressing social issues, race, and her personal experiences with sincerity. Her delivery is both smooth and powerful, creating a sonic landscape that captivates listeners and challenges the conventional boundaries of rap.

Noname’s commitment to social justice is evident not only in her music but also in her activism. She actively engages in discussions about racial inequality and advocates for positive change. Her thoughtful approach to storytelling and her ability to seamlessly blend spoken word with rap have garnered her a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim.

Beyond the stage, Noname is recognised for her philanthropy and community work. She founded the Noname Book Club, an initiative that encourages reading and discussion, mainly focusing on the works of marginalised authors. With her intellect, creativity, and commitment to making a difference, Noname leaves an indelible mark on the music industry and society.

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