Monthly Archives: January 2012

As Seen on Vimeo: Smile For London’s Word In Motion

I’d already talked at length about the general awesomeness of Smile for London’s Word In Motion Campaign, so I’m not going to here. They’ve posted all the videos on vimeo in one handy sixteen minute omnibus, so take a break and take in 16 minute nuggets from Polarbear, Inua Ellams, Jarvis Cocker, Benjamin Zeph, Scroobius ...

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As Seen On Youtube: SHAKKA.

If you have any love for R&B (left) you’ll be doing yourself a favour by downloading The Shakka Crown Affair. It’s free, so your pockets and your conscience will love you. And it’s several levels of amazing, so your earbuds will love you even more. I can’t imagine there are many artists who bring this ...

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As Seen On Youtube: G.R.E.Ed.S’ Cover of Wretch32′s Forgiveness.

South London’s fastest-rising-poet-with-an-annoying-name to type does it again with a emotive refixing of a Wretch32 track with a pared down Remedies band backing him. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIk01xBBi7w] If you haven’t already, buy his EP. I’m on one of the tracks, so there; you have a reason. Courtesy of Link Up TV  ...

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As Seen On Youtube: Dean Atta’s ‘I Am Nobody’s Nigger’ Video

Can’t really fault this, can you? Simple yet effective video for Dean’s topical poem from early in the month, already on 21,000 views. Possibly the most baffling thing about the vid is Scorcher (the rapper), is nowhere near as scary looking as G.R.E.Ed.S, (the poet), even with Scorcher’s eye tattoo. There’s a lesson in there. ...

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Guest Blog: ’7 Things I Hate About You’ by Gareth Lewis

  There’s much to love about poetry in the UK. It’s probably the most accessible of the higher art forms in terms of getting your work performed, out in the open, recognized. Not everyone is brilliant, but there’s always something new and exciting coming around the corner.  We all have our pet hates, however, and ...

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As Seen On Youtube: Paul Cree’s ‘Small Talk’

A random night last year, in a random bar in East London (I was there for research; ‘People Watching.’ Stop judging) I had a chat with another spoken word artist, about what’s next, who’s exciting that’s coming up, because if spoken word artists like anything, it’s what’s new. And Money.  After a couple of names ...

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Polarbear In Amazing Spoken Word on TV Shocker!

  For Future Reference: How to make spoken word engaging on national television: You take one of London’s the UK’s most original and straight up funnest spoken word nights around (Bang Said The Gun step forward and take a goddamn bow). Add an amazing storyteller (Polarbear) Get a camera crew to film. Stick it on ...

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As Seen On Vimeo: Luke Abbott’s Brazil

I got sent this a week ago, and I honestly wasn’t sure about it at first: a music video for a poem… with subtitles and no vocals . I appreciated the concept on few more viewings (and after seeing The Artist). The bleepy instrumentals isn’t bad either. Check it out: [vimeo http://vimeo.com/24573086]    ...

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Guest Blog: Rachel Rose Reid’s Watering The Roots

There’s an understandable human urge for artists to do something big, something brand new, making a singular impressive mark never made before on the canvas of Planet Earth. I think some marks are better made the way a dropped stone leaves ripples in a pond. This Sunday, a host of MCs, poets and storytellers will ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: Smile For London’s Word In Motion Project, 16th Jan.

Here is Smile For London’s Brilliant 5-step guide to making January awesome. 1. Take some the best up and coming/established poets and artists in London (Scroobius Pip, Ola the Poet, Kate Tempest, Inua Ellams, Jarvis Cocker *ahem* myself *ahem*) 2. Challenge them to write and record 30 second humorous, uplifting and insightful pieces. 3. Give said ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: G.R.E.E.D.s’ READY EP Launch Party. Again.

Someone incredibly wise once said: it’s not the falling down, it’s the getting up, and afterwards dusting yourself off and carrying on like it ain’t no thing, that matters. This event you see here was originally scheduled for an early Dec 2012 showcase when the then-venue pulled out (*Nigerian Accent* ‘God Punish Them.’) With no ...

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Rap Vs Poetry: Mark Grist Does Battle With Blizzard .

I have an love/hate relationship with rap battles: at its best it is wit boxing, the closest thing to sport we will ever get: word-smiths using their arsenal of wordplay, lycricsm and humour to decimate an opponent. At its worst, it’s two bald men fighting over a comb, each man bragging about how much hair he’s got ...

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Dean Atta’s ‘I Am Nobody’s Nigger.’

2012 hasn’t had time to undo its boots and settle in the sofa and already good news is flying out its hat: after a little more than 18 years (!) two of the five men implicated in the death of Stephen Lawrence have been brought to justice. Hurrah teenage mutant ninja tortoise justice. I’m pretty ...

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As Seen On YouTube: Colin Stetson

We start the year as we intend to continue: celebrating amazing art and craftmanship. Ergo, watch this: (The impatient should play from 2.20)* [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK90kN871p8&w=560&h=315] Yeah, that right: he’s playing two melodies on one saxophone, simultaneously.  And with a bass saxophone at that; look at the size of that thing. His circular breathing technique is off ...

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