Ey Up Testament
I’ve known Testament since I was quite young from him working with my older brother on their early musical endeavours; though until now had never really had the chance to properly get to know him. Over the years he has built up his emcee and beatbox abilities into albums such as No Freedom Without Sacrifice (under Homecut) and taken to the stage in productions Blake Remixed and the currently touring WOKE. Having seen the show during its first run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse I was very envious, in relation to my own work, of what he was able to achieve and wanted to talk more about it, and how he sought to approach making a one man show about feminism the right way. In the process I learn about how certain friendships and personal relationships with others have informed both his work and beliefs, which continue to push him to try be an ever more conscientious person - something, sometimes, we all need reminding to do.
Testament will be performing WOKE at the Manchester Royal Exchange this week (16-18th November) and other venues throughout 2018. Next year will also see the release of his similarity titled album WOKE, and the tour of his newly written play Black Men Walking.