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Six things you need to know about Benjamin Booker

With help from Robert Johnson and Hurricane Katrina he’s making soulful music to be proud of, and he’s also turning heads

Munching a doughnut after our photoshoot in London’s Portobello Road, Benjamin Booker is feeling sleepy but in good spirits following his appearance last night on Later With Jools Holland. He’s also quietly cool and confident, compared to the bundle of nerves we saw in 2014 when he released his self-titled debut album.

“Those first songs were written without knowing that people would see them. I wasn’t signed or anything, so it felt really uncomfortable playing them in front of people,” the 27-year-old says. “This time, knowing I was going to share it with other people, I was like: ‘I’m going to make something I’m proud of,’ so I’m excited to share it with people.”

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