And it's convenient he's got a new album out too...

ROOTS MANUVA has announced a string of live shows next spring.

The rap star, who is set to release his third album ‘Awfully Deep’ on January 31 2005 will perform nine shows starting in the north of England before finishing in London.

His first single ‘Colossal Insight’, which features remixes from [a][/a] Jammer and The Soft Pink Truth will hit UK record stores on January 17.

Roots Manuva will play:

Gateshead The Sage (February 23)

Leeds Metropolitan University (24)

Manchester Academy (25)

Birmingham Academy (26)

Glasgow Arches (27)

Cambridge Junction (March 1)

Bristol Academy (March 2)

Brighton Concorde 2 (3)

London Brixton Academy (4)

For ticket availability, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.