|When the name Suli Breaks is mentioned, one or all of three of the following words spring to mind; charismatic, controversial and conscientious.
A lover of the written word, Suli Breaks is a visionary undaunted by the restrictions found in conventional poetry, leading him to push boundaries in a bid to inspire and inform a generation. An artist, speaker and writer, Breaks is often considered an inspiration by those who have met, watched or listened to him.
Unbeknown to most, the controversial poet has a Law degree from the University of Sheffield – albeit unused. Upon leaving university, with fewer job prospects than when he had started, Breaks decided to pursue a career in poetry, fuelled by his disbelief in our current formal education system.
Five years of consistently performing in local venues and universities within the UK provided the solid foundation on which Breaks has built his fan base. Realising the power of social media and using his initiative, Breaks harnessed the power of the Internet to spread his work further afield and thus established a global following of all ages and backgrounds.
Notwithstanding the years of groundwork, Breaks’ extraordinary rise to the top came as a direct result of the unprecedented success of spoken word piece ‘Why I Hate School But Love Education’. It provided the much needed breakthrough that Breaks had been hoping for. Irrespective of past BBC1 coverage, competition success, interest from American blogs and a DVD in 2012, the 7 million people that have viewed the video so far are evidence of Breaks’ notoriety, in addition to the thousands of appreciative comments.
Breaks accolades now include being awarded second place speaker in Mastermind Talks and event which featured the likes of Tim Ferris and AJ Jacobs, being a guest speaker to Joe Polish’s 25k Group Genius Network in addition to being featured on the Huffington Post, Washington Post, the Guardian, The independent and numerous other popular youth blogs and sites such as Worldstarhiphop and Upworthy.com.
|He is arguably one of the most thought provoking artists in the world and has been hailed by many high-profile individuals as a new-school pioneer most notably by Will Smith, Daphne Wayans, Tisha Campbell, James Altucher and most recently Rio Ferdinand.
In 2013, Breaks recently released his debut audio project an EP entitled ‘The Dormroom’ 2013, which debuted at Top 20 in the Spoken word Charts in ITunes, and his track “I will not let an exam result decide my fate” was ranked Top 3, on the spoken word charts only behind “Bomfunk MC’s” track “Spoken Word” and “I’m the bandit” from the popular TV show “My Name is Earl (Album). All of these accolades in tow, coupled with an 2 appearances on the prestigious Tedx
Realising the power of social media and using his initiative, Breaks has managed to harness the power of the Internet to spread his work further afield and thus established a global following of all ages and backgrounds. Breaks’ YouTube Channel boasts over 12 million views and has over 250K subscribers to date. Whilst this was a big success for Breaks, in hindsight this achievement would prove to be only the beginning of his career. An entrepreneur came across Suli Breaks and wanted to help spread his message further. Their relationship ultimately led to him undertaking a trip around the world. The trip was loosely based on the popular book written by Jules Verne, where a scientist, Phlieas Fogg, set off in a hot air balloon to prove one could circle the globe in 80 days with only £20,000 in order to prove the institution of science wrong. The book as well as the trip was aptly titled “Around the World in 80 days”. During this journey he performed to crowds in venues, attended local radio stations and TV channels, namely Choice FM Ghana, Joy FM Ghana, Power FM and Shift TV South Africa. The main goal of this trip for Breaks was to use all these experiences to fuel the completion of his album, which is due to be released summer 2015 and will be entitled ‘The Dissertation’. Following this album launch, he will also be releasing the footage from the tour
2014 also saw Breaks breaking into new boundaries by writing and performing on Kasabian’s number 1 album ’48:13’ as well as performing an outstanding rendition of the famous Bob Marley track, ‘NO WOMAN,NO CRY”’, on the BBC 1Xtra Trevor Nelson show. It is no wonder that his message resonates with everyone, anywhere in the world.