Mamma's Kitchen Still (1)Poet and act­iv­ist, Hus­sain Man­aw­er  released the video for his recent work ‘Mamma’s Kit­chen’ on 10th August, the third piece in his ‘Homemade’ poetry cycle.

‘Mamma’s Kit­chen’ is one of Hussain’s most impress­ive com­bin­a­tions of music and poetry yet. The track itself sees Hus­sain find­ing the every­day paraphernalia of his home recall­ing memor­ies of his moth­er as he deals with the grief of her loss. This power­ful mes­sage is set along­side a funk inspired break­beat and a stun­ning guest vocal.

The video how­ever explores a dif­fer­ent top­ic. Skew­ing ste­reo­types of women in the Brit­ish-Pakistani com­munity, it sees a group of empowered young girls form­ing an impromptu band in the kit­chen, ral­ly­ing against a pat­ri­arch­al per­cep­tion of how they should behave.

“Mamma’s Kit­chen is about smash­ing cul­tur­al stig­mas around women. It still seems to be pre­val­ent that many women don’t have a voice and are con­fined with­in the homes,” explains Hus­sain Man­aw­er.

 “I wrote Mamma’s Kit­chen against the walls on the floor in my mum’s kit­chen, when she passed away last year. The instru­ments found in the kit­chen by the women act as their weapons to fight against oppres­sion from soci­ety and tox­ic mas­culin­ity. The kit­chen in the video rep­res­ents the haven some women found solace in to sur­vive with­in these envir­on­ments.”

Com­prised of four poems in total the ‘Homemade’ cycle finds the poet and men­tal health act­iv­ist work­ing his way through his per­son­al grief fol­low­ing the death of his moth­er last year.

Hus­sain is a unique char­ac­ter in the UK’s music­al land­scape. He’s an accom­plished poet who has opened the stage for the likes of Ellie Gould­ing and Cher, as well as head­lined sold-out shows in London’s Omeara and The Jazz Café.

He’s also a pas­sion­ate cam­paign­er for men­tal health aware­ness, hav­ing set the Guin­ness World Record for the World’s Largest Men­tal Health Les­son, and is also a proud ambas­sad­or of Samar­it­ans, com­mit­ted to their vis­ion of few­er people dying by sui­cide.

He also recently became the young­est recip­i­ent of an hon­or­ary fel­low­ship (from Kings Col­lege Lon­don) ever in the UK.

He’s per­formed at Brix­ton Academy with the Glob­al Cit­izen ini­ti­at­ive (shar­ing the stage with Former UN Sec­ret­ary Gen­er­al Kofi Anan) and made appear­ances on Radio 4, Sky News, 5Live, BBC Asi­an Net­work dis­cuss­ing men­tal health and rede­fin­ing mas­culin­ity in the mod­ern world.

Read our inter­view with Hus­sain Man­aw­er here. 

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.