“If my podcast sounds normal, then I’m not giving you enough reason to listen, and I really need you to listen, that’s why I make it sound different,” George The Poet’s voice, a tad breathy, rings through in one of the many intriguing episode introductions.
In the podcast sphere, the power to package information and pass it on in a melodic vibe yet still keep the flow fascinating with a bit of cliff hangers, is all the “I’m not into podcasts” type of people need.
And George delivers nothing less than that.
George’s fusion of poetry interspersed with music and infotainment is finessed for an easy listening, good company for whether you are running slow on the treadmill, driving home after work or enjoying the comfort of your living room.
In the podcast, ‘Have you Heard George’s Podcast’, George dissects matters of discussion into more appealing ‘bars and verses’, typical of a seasoned rap poet he is, addressing issues which would rather be either too sensitive or hard to navigate, in such a subtle manner that it doesn’t get you riled up but still drives the point home.
“If what you do for your salary puts a strain on your sanity, or even just your fun and enjoyment, then in an ideal world, you should be able to find other employment,” George says in Chapter 3, Episode 19 of the Podcast, sealing the package with a reminder that we need to move away from employment that doesn’t solve our problems.
Now that, is how rhythmic and interesting it gets to rethink your career or look into your job situation without necessarily feeling like you wasted the many years of school, besides millions of tuition.
“New opportunities with no limitation – Innovation”
The Common Ground
“Every generation invents something, and every invention meant nothing until it meant something,” George says in Chapter 19 where he introduces Common Ground, an innovative platform for his global community of listeners to share their responses, extend the experience of the podcast and find common ground.
“My first innovation was Poetry with a rap style which you recognize if you know me from my background, my second innovation was musical poetry…” and what’s more deserving than having a platform where authentic conversations with listeners are enabled?
The COMMON GROUND experience begins as a conversation with George, and once listeners are onboarded, then the platform presents a few questions about each episode in the podcast and facilitates written, audio, image and video-based discussions between George and his listeners.
COMMON GROUND also showcases original artworks by black artists around the world and creates opportunities for listeners to reflect more deeply on each episode, give George their feedback, and share ideas with fellow listeners in a community space called ‘The Commons’.
Contrary to social media platforms, COMMON GROUND does not focus on ‘likes’, instant replies and addictive dopamine hits, but instead encourages users to click a ‘lightbulb’ on fellow users’ responses if the post opened their mind and made them think about an issue a little differently.
With more than a thousand sign ups already from nearly 50 countries around the world, the platform brings together diverse points of view and relays listeners’ answers back to fellow users, illustrating that there is a COMMON GROUND where people’s ideas can meet.
The driving force of the discussion is George’s exploration of Black music, as users join him on his train of thought.
More of the talk on music evolution
This 3rd chapter of ‘Have You Heard George’s Podcast?’ weaves the yarn of Black music through history, culture, market economics and social impact.
In episode 23 ‘Back To UG’, George shares his views on Ugandan politics and tells the story of how a romance blossomed with his long-time friend and now Operations Manager and wife, Mrs. Sandra Mpanga.
This episode also dives into the politics of Uganda, reflecting on the internet blackout experienced during Uganda’s 2021 election and the rise of Bobi Wine as he grew from music into politics. Chapter 3 also tells the story Uganda’s independence movement in Episode 24 ‘The Sixties’ alongside the American civil rights movement of the same era.
Other episodes in this chapter share the chronicles of JayZ’s youth, an epic beef between Movado and Vybz Kartel, and how R&B has changed over the years, among other ‘edutaining’ stories that demonstrate the influence and market potential of Black music.
But, who is George The Poet?
George the Poet is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage.
His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and social commentator and seen his work broadcast to billions of people worldwide.
In the summer of 2018, he opened the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with his poem ‘The Beauty of Union’, and in 2019, his audio offering ‘Have You Heard George’s Podcast?’ won a prestigious Peabody Award and 5 Gold British Podcast Awards, including the highly-coveted Podcast of the Year.
The podcast was described by BBC R4 as “a story that could change the world”. George has just launched chapter 3 of the podcast and is now embarking on a PhD.