Jun Tzu
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Jun Tzu

Manchester, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

Manchester, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
Band Hip Hop Folk


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"Jun Tzu"

Ruth Daniel, director Fat Northerner Records and Un-Convention festival
“Jun Tzu is an inspirational character, with a strong message and huge creativity in his music – an antidote to the mainstream moronic ‘blandification’ of music. He will go far”

Big Smoke Magazine, UK
"An incendiary Belfast blast-off rollicking over club-barging drum machines"

"If anybody is qualified to speak on this subject then look no further ... this boy is going to go far."

HHB Radio, UK
"Truly needs to be checked ... like nothing ever heard before" - Press Quotes 3

"Jun Tzu"

Terry Christian, TV/radio presenter
"Raw, soulful, righteous anger, passion – Jun Tzu is one of the most inspiring new artists to emerge over the last 10 years"

Chris Long, BBC Radio Manchester
"Jun Tzu has a power and passion that are both tremendous and terrifying - he never flinches from his cause and delivers his raps and poetry in the fieriest of ways. He is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting rappers I have ever come across"

Martin Atkins, Public Image Limited drummer and industry guru
“The very real world back story to Jun Tzu (convicted terrorist father, political, religious and physical struggles on the streets of Belfast and more) made me intrigued to check this out. The combination of delivery, lyrics and juxtaposition of traditional Celtic instrumentation and hip hop made me keep listening. It’s still spinning!”

Jonny J, producer
"The best white rapper I have seen in the UK! You have to see this guy" - Press Quotes 1

"Jun Tzu"

Freedom Radio, USA
"Jun Tzu proves that music is more powerful than bullets"

"Jun Tzu's snarling Ulster riot Wee Jonny is frankly bonkers"

Shaun Arnold, festival director, Go North
“A powerful and inspiring musician and poet, his raps are compelling and draw audience attention with brilliant results. He has a uniqueness and style which makes him ‘one to watch’ in the year ahead”

"A force of nature ... What you’re left with are goose bumps from the power of his performance" - Press Quotes 2


THE TROUBLES (LP) - coming summer 2011
TROUBLES COMIN (EP) - winter 2010
BELFAST BABY (mixtape) - summer 2010

Featured on:
BABYFOOD by Baby J - 1 track, "Wee Jonny" - received global independent radio play.



Jun Tzu (aka Jonathan Hamilton), described by industry experts as one of the most inspiring artists to have emerged in the last decade, has exploded onto the Hip Hop scene with his debut four-track EP, Troubles Comin.

Jun Tzu attempts to bridge the sectarian and political divide through his unique blend of rap and traditional Irish music.

His music is inspired by a Belfast heritage - his father David Hamilton, now a Christian preacher, was a convicted terrorist during The Troubles conflict in Northern Ireland.

Troubles Comin is a prelude to Jun Tzu’s debut album, The Troubles, to be released next year – a powerful musical journey through his early years in Belfast to his current home in Manchester.

Jun Tzu said: “I believe my music can bridge the gap between the two communities in Northern Ireland. There is still a very clear divide but people from both sides will hopefully find common ground through my observations and beliefs. My music is influential because it is real. I have shared my soul, exposed my beliefs and want to remind my generation of the dangers of mindless bigotry.”