- Category: PA 2012
Henry Bowers is one of Europe’s leading slam-poets. Nationally known and acclaimed as one of Sweden’s best hip-hop acts, Henry Bowers is also known as Kung Henry, which is the name used when the lyrics are in Swedish.
With content influenced by everything from horror films and children’s stories, to classic masterpieces and great philosophers, his work effectively breaks down the walls between high culture and mass culture.
Three years of studying philosophy is reflected in Henry’s lyrics, as he often draws from literary role models such as Franz Kafka, Paul Auster and Edgar Allan Poe.
His musical influences come from a wide range of genres, including hip-hop acts like Public Enemy and Buck 65, while other influences are across the genres of punk, metal and reggae, drawing from artists such as Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie.
Part of Henry’s career achievements, amongst others, includes being guest poet at the Substanz Slam in Münich, Germany in 2005 and 2006. This is the biggest individual Poetry Slam-contest in Europe. He was also guest poet at the BBC National Slam in Brighton, UK in 2007.
Henry has also excelled in various competition, being selected as winner of the Four Continent Slam-tour in Great Britain in 2006; a contest where eight of the world’s foremost slam-poets from four different continents tour the UK for 14 days. He also participated in the International Poetry Slam in Bolzano, Italy in 2008, ending up at 2nd place.
Henry’s poetry and music is about reflecting society, as well as himself as a person with a huge spark in the eye and a lot of irony. His work is intelligent, sharp, to the point and punctuated with levity.