Radikal Queen is Tyneside’s premier Black spoken word artist and blues poet. She has a global background of community-based collaborative work within festivals, schools, carnivals and touring productions. She is a cultural activist who uses words that dance to original Black music to speak with people from all over the world via her ethos: bringing the margins to the centre. Radikal Queen’s ambassadorial brief from her Elders tasks her to develop sustained global, cultural links with Indigenous and marginalised communities. This has led to her initiation within Indigenous musical traditions in Africa, the Diaspora, and the Americas.
In June 2021 Radikal Queen received one of Sound and Music’s COVID-19 Composer Awards:
“Winning this grant has affirmed my growth as a composer and musician, but it has also validated my commitment to walking the path of liberation and freedom. Working with music, words, and the creativity of my community continues to inspire me into my best work, and the best version of myself. This grant will enable me to produce a track that embodies Black Liberation, Indigenous knowledge, freedom and funk.”