Ian Keteku is somewhat of a renaissance man when it comes to story telling. He is a poet, journalist, and musician, amongst other things. This award-winning artist is committed to using words as both an interpretation of and cure for the human condition. Keteku is also the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion. Ian recently released his debut spoken word album Lessons From Planet Earth (Re-Evolution.)
Ian Keteku’s autobiography begins at the tender age of 6 when he was first introduced to poetry and creative writing. The piece he scrawled on loose-leaf was about a recent family trip to the Calgary zoo. Since then, Keteku has been chronicling his world travels, writing about everything from his laptop to social justice, and uses his words to free humanity from its own mental cages.
The most recent chapter in this autobiography took place in Paris, France this June, where Ian Keteku was crowned the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion.
Ian Keteku, also known as Emcee E, uses his voice to speak for the voiceless and inspire messages of peace, action and critical thought.
He has performed his poetry and music all over the world and continues to plant seeds of poetic justice globally. Ian is also part of the critically acclaimed spoken word troupe The Recipe.
Ian Keteku has shared the stage with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Ursula Rucker, members of the Wu Tang Clan, K-OS, critically acclaimed poet Saul Williams and others. In addition, he had the opportunity to perform for the Governor General of Canada (the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean) on three occasions.
But there is more to Emcee E than just thought provoking poetry and music.
Ian conducts poetry, writing and performance workshops for youth and various community groups, inspiring people to accept the power of their own voice.
He is also a journalist who has been featured in CBC, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, TVO and countless other broadcast and print publications.