At Freedom Care we were fascinated to learn about George the Poet! George Mpanga, aged 24, recently came 5th in the BBC’s Sound of 2015. The “Sound of” list was started in 2003 and aims to predict the acts that will make it big. Previous winners include Sam Smith, Adele, Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Jessie J. The acts that appear in the Sound Of list are all hand-picked by a panel of impartial experts from the music industry, and the top acts in this year’s list included Years and Years, James Bay, Stormzy and Raury – all names to watch for over the next 12 months!

Back to George the Poet, he grew up on the Stonebridge Park estate, one of the roughest areas of Harlesden in North West London. He has gained renown for his unique sparkle of street-savvy verse and thoughtful wordplay. According to Matt Fincham, Producer of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show: “There’s no-one doing what George is doing at the moment; a passionately articulate wordsmith for a young generation”.

George himself has a desire to use his voice as a force for good in society. Growing up and seeing injustice around him has made him want to change things: “I’m not going to be able to save everyone, but when I do have the platform I will do everything to enact structural change.”


One of the areas close to George’s heart is autism. George’s brother Kenny was diagnosed with autism when he was 7 years old. It has given George an insight into this complex health need that is both perceptive and passionate:  “People need to change how they think about autism”, he says,  “It’s not something that should be cured or fixed. It’s a point of difference which should be appreciated and understood. One way to understand autism is to think about the things you take for granted. An awareness of body language, to know when someone is happy or angry. Or realising when someone is being sarcastic or telling a joke. For many people with autism, it’s almost impossible to interpret or understand these kind of things,” says George.

According to The National Autistic Society, around 700,000 people in the UK have autism and, including their families there are a total of around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. At Freedom Care we are delighted that this talented wordsmith is on the side of those 2.8 million people and can help to bring a better understanding of autism to the rest of the world.

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