Speech Debelle

I’ve had this song on my playlist for years now.  The track- Finish this album is taken off her ‘Speech therapy’ album( 2009). It won the British Mercury Prize award. She was 19  years old when she wrote this  & it shows the introspection of a person wiser than her years. The track comes across as a discourse on the reality of how so many people in the U.K. (and global)  still feel more divided  & increasingly feel alienated from our communities.

In Debelle’s case, she used poetry and writing to get her through her own homelessness experience.  Debelle is a rapper and musician  /homelessness social activist from South London.

Debelle started writing poetry when she was 9 years old. Her influences range from  Mary J. Blige, Micheal Jackson, TLC & reggae.

Her lyrics are raw, honest, self-reflective & engaging. She unfolds stunning vivid narrative in her delivery of the song.  When I hear her vocals I feel her passion & fire. Her vocals are the perfect uplifting antidote to the overwhelming reality of her world with her insight into Life, its battles & her ambitions.

Honesty is courage and since I got the heart of a lion then there’s no sense in lying

lyrics from ‘Finish this album’

This is a philosophy for the soul.

She’s been signed to independent British label Ninja tunes

Home to  brilliant British artists from

  • Kate Tempest spoke word performer/poet/playwright  (Her play ‘wasted’ is worth a read)

  • Sampa -the great poet/hip hop M.C.

  • Bonobo

  • Roots Manuva

I’m a massive fan of the Kitchen sink drama creativists of the musical world.

Write to recover, perform to recover, do whatever it takes to express yourself authentically.



Noun — (1) To be a creative activist. (2) To challenge conventionality using art and expressionism as your tools. (3) To creatively enact change.

About Daisy Willows

'Words are my everything' - Jon Wayne . A writer of poetry, stories, stage scripts, fiction, border line poetry & freestyle works, Music reviews, Guest Features/interview & shout outs. She is also passionate about raising anti-stigma & awareness for Mental Health. A trained co-facilitator in Wellness Recovery Action plan by Mary Ellen Copeland Natasha goes by many moniker names-Daisy Willows, bahtuhkid, GOAT2Bdazee. She has had a colourful life. Travelled. Natasha co-owns a second-hand clothing & accessories business -La Bella Bijoux Ltd Natasha was born in South Africa & is a French national. She currently resides in the UK Natasha Bodley holds a postgraduate in the Humanities. A BA in Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds & Advanced creative writing. She also holds a Foundation degree in Acting performance. She is currently working on her first novel (semi-autobiographical creative non-fiction). She has published one short story on Amazon called 'Number one' Connect with Natasha Collaborate with Natasha & feel free to Communicate her too. Light, Peace & Love!

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