Monthly Archives: August 2011

Guest Poem: James Hall, “Signing On” (Roundhouse Poetry Slam)

I picture you slammed, knee-sprawled, upon a Jobcentre Plus carpet crawling for familiar certainty of grey office desk body-buried beneath crumpled vacancy forms skin peppered with paper-cuts stationary digging bone deep draining black and blue stains to white spinal cord coils let’s flashback to what’s actually happening: It’s 12.45pm: I’m taking your stern handshake suddenly ...

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POEJAZZI RECOMMENDS: Put Me On It LIVE: Feat Dego, Tanya Auclair, Eric Lau, Thurs Sept 15th at C.A.M.P

If you love music, like me, then you love Putmeonit.com, run by the fabulous Amelia Ideh; one of the finest pages dedicated to brilliant, modern hiphop/soul music around. And if you love putmeonit, the line up for her upcoming night is going to blow your mind all ways to sunday and back. Serious The frankly ...

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Guest Post: Chloe James on the Roundhouse Poetry Slam

Before the 10th of September, I had never recited a poem from memory. I had never read my poems to such a large audience – and, even if I had, they probably were more interested in the other acts. I had never performed in such a prestigious venue, that had played host to: The Beatles; ...

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Poejazzi’s 5th Anniversary Feat Cornelia, MistaGee

Poejazzi, hailed by the Southbank Centre as “London’s premier poetry and music night”, celebrates its 5th anniversary with a brilliant array of talent. There will be music from Cornelia, the Swedish singer-songwriter whose beautiful blend of folk and electronica has been praised by Flying Lotus and Jose Gonzalez; and from Rosie Sleightholme, lauded by the Guardian, who follows in the ...

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Event: The Insomniax After Carnival Special

The Insomniax have the distinct honour of being the only music I bought on a first listen and didn’t regret this year. They sound like what Platnium Pied Pipers would be doing if they were born in Britain: forward thinking, sweet synth’d, home grown R&B with a cheeky-chap wit to the lyrics. Listen to their ...

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Audio: Jono McCleery – Tomorrow

Remember this, Wonderful Life by Black? If you are under 25 chances are you don’t, but you WILL have heard it. Now get your ears onto this lush-y version by Jono McCleery, produced by Fybe. [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/15240867" params="show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=1546ae" width="100%" height="81" ]...

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Guest post by James Hall: “Roundhouse Poetry Slam: perceptions of a first-time slammer”

‘Why not?’ – the thoughts running through my head moments after submitting two poems for this year’s Roundhouse Poetry Slam. Aware of its prestige and status, I think it was the combination of an application that asked for written, page material to be entered instead of purely youtube/visual performance footage, mixed with the feeling I ...

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Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final: “The Great Battle Of Our Time”

“We come to it at last. The great battle of our time”, said Gandalf, or something similar, in The Return of the King. Wednesday night’s Roundhouse Poetry Slam was appropriately epic. The host and judges were as accomplished as the UK poetry scene had to offer; David J on hosting duties, with Polarbear, Kate Tempest ...

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Charlie Dark Live Score of Black Orpheus at Southbank Centre

Black Orpheus is one of the best films I’ve ever seen, having never seen it on le big screen I am very excited about Charlie Dark’s live re-score/re-mix at the South Bank Center as part of the Vision Sound Music festival. Black Orpheus is Marcel Camus’ Palme d’Or winning adaptation of a play by Vinicius ...

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Guest poem by Simon Deasy, “tots units fem força (all together we are strong)”

Simon Deasy contacted Poejazzi via Twitter with this fine poem, “tots units fem força”. He was inspired to write it when contrasting the rapturous scenes of the Barcelona-Real Madrid game with what took place in the shadows outside the home team’s stadium. Simon, who whilst not turning a phrase as sharply as Johann Cruyff, is ...

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Recommended: “A Narrative of Unrest” tonight at Open The Gate, Dalston

Tonight, at Open the Gate in Stoke Newington, there’s a free poetry and music event where artists will respond to the recent riots. A Narrative of Unrest will feature performances from El Crisis, Zena Edwards, Mangalsio Asi, Madame Pepper, Danny Thompson, JJ Bola, Mohammed Yahya, Sarina Leah, Nekz, Umanyano, Cherri Prince, Poetic Pilgrimage, and more. ...

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Akala’s “Life of Rhyme” on Channel 4: some quick thoughts

I watched Akala’s documentary on hip-hop last Sunday night on iPlayer; or, more accurately, on Monday morning. I finished it about 1am, and it was a great start to my week. Akala was the perfect presenter for this show. He is engaging and charismatic, and has the respect of all corners of the UK rap ...

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New poem by Musa Okwonga: “Plane”

“Plane” They always look so small in the doorway As you soar away But there’s nothing to make a man take his own plane Like his own pain, And there’s no pain like home. Some asked me: “how could you leave” And I said “it’s only footsteps” Some said “what you need is a good ...

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Riot Pieces

  From August 6-8, England witnessed possibly the most devastating scenes of mass social unrest since the 80′s. Lives were lost, livelihoods were wiped out in a night, more than a few iPhones got grabbed and the nation has been forced into painful reflection in the face of an occurrence that crossed all boundries: race, class, religion, ...

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Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2011: a judge-eye view

On Wednesday 10 August I was lucky enough to judge the first round of the annual Roundhouse Poetry Slam. The contest, open to writers between 16 and 25, pitted nine of the finest young performance poets against each other: each of them given six minutes to tell stories in their unique voices. The concept of ...

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Guest Post from Bridget Minamore: Riots and Poets

Normally I write a lot, but not this week; I’ve been more too distracted by the fact London, the city I was born in and have lived in for close to two decades, has morphed into something I don’t recognise. The shit has hit the fan, and the only thing I’ve put to paper revolves ...

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The Greatest Poem of 2011: by Anon, at the London Riots

“GET IT REAL, BLACK PEOPLE!” The London riots, incited by the police’s slow response to the death of Mark Duggan, generated much confused comment; liberals, conservatives and racists all threw in their oars, while politicians returned slowly (and, one suspects, sheepishly) from holiday. But – courtesy of @mattkmoore at the Telegraph – then came 46 ...

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As Seen on Youtube: Poem- The Ballad of Mike Haggar!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ce9J-J30B3o] No words. No words. Okay, some words. BLOODY AMAZING! Poetry, comedy, machinma, videogames. Watch, love....

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Guest Post from Paul Cree feat. Buster Merryfield: “Better Late Than Never”

My Mum often reminds me that Buster Merryfield, who played Uncle Albert in Only Fools And Horses, didn’t become an actor until he was in his fifties (my Mum knows everything!). I recently turned 28. Though I don’t consider myself old, I do think that I was a bit of a latecomer into Poetry and ...

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As Seen On Youtube: Scroobius Pip’s ‘Introdiction’

Mr Pip drops a teaser track from his long awaited solo album ‘distraction pieces.’ BAM! Watch: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_Gh8TWpQE8&feature=youtu.be] Brilliant, if I do say so myself; ‘Pip has always been inventive on the visual front and his use of props, so, erm… props to him then I guess. I wonder if he’s done completely away with electro ...

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Tanya Auclair: Thrum and Origami.

Two Things: 1. I’m going to try and get through a review of a talented female British artist and only mention Bjork once. Done. 2. I’m going to crack one bad joke: Tanya’s future seems ‘All Clear.’ Done. Sorry about that. Here’s a picture of a pretty woman to make everything better If today’s music ...

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END OF AN ERA: Inua Ellams Leaves Poejazzi

Hello everyone, Yes, the headline speaks the truth; Inua, our graphic designer par excellence is leaving for the big seas (metaphorically, of course; Inua is not a fish, and hates fish. As food, of course) We asked him to sign off with a statement, which you will find lovingly copy and pasted below: “Joshua Idehen ...

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