Listening Post

Ghostpoet sings from a refugee’s struggle on comeback track ‘Immigrant Boogie’

Obaro Ejimiwe's new song also features Charlie Steen of Shame

Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet has always maintained that he’s not a rapper, despite everyone calling him one.

The mood of new single ‘Immigrant Boogie’ proves further that he really isn’t, and that it’s hard to pin any one style on this London artist last seen in 2015, when his third album, ‘Shedding Skin’, won him a second Mercury Prize nomination.

The murky ‘Immigrant Boogie’ is kind of hunched to a post-punk pulse that matches its theme of a refugee’s dangerous struggle as they travel across borders. It features Charlie Steen of south London band Shame on backing vocal’s, too.

Ejimiwe says of the tracks

“It’s a first person account of a difficult journey across borders, partly intended to ask those who have questioned the arrival of refugees in recent times what they would do in the same situation.

The song is written in two halves – the first hopeful for a brighter future, while the second sees hope snatched away by forces beyond the control of the storyteller.

There is an important story to be told there, but I wrote the song in a way that aims to capture a broader human truth: that while we are all working for a better life for ourselves, we have to accept that we are not in control of the outcome”

Ghostpoet has also announce the following live dates this autumn:


24th    DUBLIN – Button Factory
25th    LIVERPOOL – Invisible Wind Factory
26th    NEWCASTLE – Riverside
28th    GLASGOW – Stereo
29th    SHEFFIELD – Plug
30th    LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club
31st    BIRMINGHAM – Mama Rouxs


2nd     CAMBRIDGE – Junction
3rd      OXFORD – Academy 2
4th      DOVER – The Booking Hall
6th      LEICESTER – Academy 3
7th      NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
8th      BRIGHTON – Concorde 2
10th    LONDON – Printworks
11th    MANCHESTER – Academy 2
12th    NORWICH – Arts Centre
13th    PORTSMOUTH – Wedgewood Rooms
14th    BRISTOL – Marble Factory