Where We Come From: Rap Home and Hope is the debut book from writer Aniefiok Ekpoudom. A social history of British Rap. Out January 18th 2024 via Faber & Faber

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Recent years have borne witness to underground genres leaking out from the inner cities, going on to become some of the most popular music in the nation. In this groundbreaking social history, Ekpoudom travels the country to paint a compelling portrait of the dawn, boom and subsequent blossoming of UK rap and grime.

Taking us from the heart of South London to the West Midlands and South Wales, Where We Come From explores how a history of migration and an enduring spirit of resistance have shaped the current realities of these linked communities and the music they produce. These sounds have become vessels for the marginalised, carrying Black and working-class stories into the light.

Vividly depicted and compassionately told, Where We Come From weaves together intimate stories of resilience, courage and loss, as well as a shared music culture that gave refuge and purpose to those in search of belonging. Ekpoudom offers a rich chronicle on rap, identity, place and, above all, the social and human condition in modern Britain.

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The launch for Where We Come From will take place at the Southbank Centre on January 26th. Aniefiok will be joined by Candice Carty-Williams and chair Yomi Ṣode.

Tickets are available here.