Nov 6, 2022

Singer songwriter Labi Siffre now has his own station on Exclusive Radio.

British singer, songwriter and poet Labi Siffre released six albums between 1970 and 1975 and four between 1988 and 1998. In doing so he established himself as a writer of eloquent and witty songs, often gentle but with strong messages within.

His best known compositions include It Must Be Love which reached number 14 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971 and was later covered by Madness, Crying Laughing Loving Lying, and (Something Inside) So Strong, which hit number 4 on the UK charts. The last of these was an anti-apartheid song inspired by a television documentary in which white soldiers in South Africa were filmed shooting at black civilians in the street. It won Labi Siffre the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and it has been used in Amnesty International campaigns.

Labi’s music has been sampled extensively by US hip-hop artists such as EminemKanye West and Jay-Z. He has published essays, the stage and television play Deathwrite and three volumes of poetry: NiggerBlood on the Page, and Monument.

In 2022 his life and work was explored in the BBC series Imagine, under the title, Labi Siffre: This Is My Song. We are delighted to add Labi to our ever-growing list of stations.



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