Kema Kay, also known as Kema Sikazwe, plays the role of Gahiji in the 2020 production of Peace Procession3: Standing Together, which asks, what will people risk to protect others in times of war and conflict?
Kema was brought up in the West End of Newcastle. He came from a musical background with passion for rap, singing and songwriting which he developed in a local youth project, where he spent most of his time as a teen.
It wasn’t until his early 20s he got interested in acting where he went on to land a main role in BAFTA, BIFA Palme D’or award winning film I Daniel Blake and Lady Macbeth. This led to an interest with major agencies across the UK, ending up with representation by Untied Agents. Eager to learn and built his craft Kema attended Newcastle’s Live Theatre regularly, becoming a Live Theatre associate artist in 2017 and getting up on stage for the first time.
Kema wrote and performed his debut show, Shine, which was performed at Live Theatre and toured to Edinburgh, receiving four star reviews.
When not on stage or screen, he delivers songwriting workshops, going into schools teaching kids how to rap, sing, song-write and build their confidence.