All About Karl Nova
Karl Nova is one of the UK’s leading poets and hip hop artists delivering his work in his own unique, witty and energetic style
Born and raised in London as well as Lagos, Karl always found it difficult to fit in, it reflects in his music because he speaks as one who knows what it is like to be on the margins, in a world where conformity seems to be the key in gaining acceptance, he has always been one to defy expectations and go against the grain.
Whether it is in rap format or spoken word poetry he seeks to give voice to the search for meaning and deep need for faith and hope. His music and poetry is like a diary of his journey, his highs and his lows, his discoveries, observations and personal breakthroughs.
Apart from being a wordsmith and energetic live performer, Karl Nova is an avid beatmaker and he released a compilation of electronic music that he totally created on his phone called “Made ‘Em On My Phone”
Karl Nova has remained on the forefront of the scene he is a part of as a social commentator, creative writing workshop facilitator, broadcaster and cultural critic that creates platforms for other artists as he seeks to uplift, inform and inspire through this artistic expression.
Karl’s School Visits
Karl is very versatile and works well in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. He is flexible and will work with schools to tailor workshops and presentations to suit their needs and timetabling requirements. However please see below descriptions of some sample of a typical day in school with Karl.
Rhythm and Poetry
In Rhythm and Poetry by Hip Hop artist and poet Karl Nova the beauty of rap lyricism and Hip Hop influenced poetry is displayed with wit, humour and positivity. His approach is to meet young people where they are and engage them with the style and attitude they are familiar with. This collection reflects on his journey of growth from childhood to adulthood through the lens of hip hop culture. A lot of the verses have already impacted many lives as he travels and delivers them with his unique and energetic style.
Recommendations and Reviews
“I just wanted to say thank you for recommending Karl Nova for a visit to Priestlands. He was with us for the day yesterday working with Year 9. What a fabulous time they had! His performance and following workshop were the strongest and most enjoyable from a whole week of Literary activities and visits. To engage with an audience of 240 pupils and keep them interested for one and a half hours is no mean feat! Karl’s workshop, which I stayed in for, was really high quality in terms of getting students to work independently, challenge themselves and experiment with language and form. His manner with students encouraged them to enjoy themselves. We’re really looking forward to a return visit in 2017! Please can you pass on how much we enjoyed the time he spent with us.” Caroline
“What a fantastic day, what a lovely person!
Thank you so much for recommending Karl to us. He went down a storm, the students and staff loved him.So much so that the Head of English has already asked me to ensure we book Karl for next year during poetry week. I’m not sure when national poetry day 2017 is but at a guess it is probably Thursday 5th October. Please can you see if Karl is free and willing! We would like him for a whole day again, this time working with other year groups too.
I’ll write a proper review of him on Monday for you but I just wanted you to know that he was brilliant. I shall be putting an article on our school website and recommending him (and yourselves) to the other school librarian in Plymouth.” Joanne, Tor Bridge High School
“We have been delighted with Karl. He is a great performer: funny and warm, witty and intelligent. He adapted his talk to the different year groups and they were all mesmerized. Some of the older children were so inspired that went on creating their rap poetry!All the teachers came and said how much they enjoyed it.”
Librarian at Lambrook School.
“I would like to thank you for suggesting Karl to me! You were right, he has been amazing.
The kids absolutely loved it, they didn’t want it to be over, and I think many of them found him quite inspirational. I can say with no doubts that he represents a real role model for our young people. His charisma and personality kept everyone focused and engaged. Thanks a lot.”
LRC Manager Friern Barnet School