Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dubstep Poetry: Hit By A Rock’s Surgery, Feat Raymond Antrobus

When the dark eye of ‘Mainstream Acceptance’ has left dubstep, live bands and poets will claim what is left of it with an iron fist. If you want to be be up there on the mountain top with me yelling ‘I TOLD YOU SO!’ Get to know Raymond Antrobus; he’s doing things. Ergo, this track, ...

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As Seen on Youtube: ‘ARTist’ created by Mukhtar O.S Mukhtar featuring Anthony Anaxagorou

Well, this is a surprise. Normally I abstain from poetry/dance hybrids. Nothing in my mind says ‘FAIL’ louder than a leotard/tights wearing performer reenacting a penguin’s epileptic fit in a creatively desperate bid to bring a stanza to life.  I do see the potential in the two art-forms converging -people dancing to words is a ...

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Poejazzi Shorts: Shakka

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/44458258 w=500&h=281] We’re happy to gift you another of our Poejazzi Shorts, this time we got Shakka to sit still for a while in-between that busy schedule (it’s only going to get busier) and all that energy he’s got and talk those inimitable Shakkapellas that have garnered over 300,000 views on YouTube, being a nerd, his ...

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Poetry Parnassus – Rain of Poems at The Southbank Centre

  See similar goings on as this poetry ‘bombing’ video at The Southbank Centre’s Rain of Poems in conjunction with their Poetry Parnassus where you can witness the awesome sight of 100,000 poems by over 300 contemporary poets from 204 countries fall from a helicopter over Jubilee Garden as the sun sets. “The bookmarks are released ...

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Benin City Collaborates with Poets James Massiah and Yomi ‘Greeds’ Sode on Song Baby

So over 10,000 views and a month later here is the full manifestation of Benin City’s spoken word roots realised with the help of James Massiah in his abstract take on Benin City’s twisted love story. Massiah’s Baby Pt. II video adds a cool dimension to the song with its 90s era hip hop feel ...

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Poejazzi Reading List – Michael Robbins, Bridget Minamore, Natasha Trethewey, Uche Nduka and Aaron Shurin

Here’s our round up of what should be making it’s way onto your reading list this month   Bridget Minamore – Ice Cream Manifesto  Bridget Minamore believes in ice cream and human rights hence the title. The booklet came about through The Guardian asking Bridget to be a part of their £100 Challenge – with ...

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Inua Ellams Crowd Sourcing Poetry With Project ‘Represent’- Do You Think Your Voice is Heard?

Our Poejazzi resident super hero, Inua Ellams, is coming to the (much needed) rescue of the government (sans cape but with rather nice glasses on) in his Apples and Snakes funded project Represent. Represent will entail you lot engaging in a very secure and hygienic manner with said Ellams by responding in the form of  poems, ...

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Polarbear – Picaresque

We just had to share this little and very insightful moving image piece/mini doc on Polarbear by animator/poet/photographer Jaron Lionel. It features Lionel’s cool illustrations and some pretty scenery but the most interesting aspect of it all is definitely hearing Polarbear describe his creative process and how he regards his work and his position in spoken ...

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As seen on Youtube: Akala on Amaru Don TV

Seriously loving this: Amaru Don interviews Akala on black prison/education culture and surviving in the music industry. Worth ten minutes of your time....

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Mista Gee and Piqua’s Connect To Life

Someone rip up our Mista Gee fan club card; this has been up for three months and I didn’t know a thing about it! Mista Gee joins forces with DJ/Producer Pique for a moment of euphoric brilliance straight of the best parts of the early noughties house scene. If we had a summer worth crowing about, this ...

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Molly Naylor – My Robot Heart

Molly Naylor (Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You) is previewing her new show My Robot Heart (what is it with this woman and cool titles?!) before it hits Edinburgh Festival. Her last show, based on her experience of surviving the Aldgate bomb, was described by The Guardian as: “ a brave, funny, tough and beautiful ...

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Rob Auton’s Yellow Party June 27th

Let’s face it…we need this people…we need The Yellow Party: the weather has been downright incomprehensible for the last week or so, it has shattered dreams and what better way to cheer ourselves up than to indulge in the most sunny (weep…”please stay”), exciting and mentally stimulating (erm according to sensationalcolor.com’s symbolism and psychology section) ...

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As Seen on Youtube: George The Poet’s YOLO

We’re big fans of George the Poet. Well crafted,  well articulated arguments with a firm grasp of rhyme and his own rhythm. Wish it didn’t have the smaltzy keys behind it, but it’s a minor niggle on what is as spoken word piece. Can’t wait to see more....

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As Seen on Youtube: Michael Clayton’s Opening Scene

Micheal Clayton is my favourite movie featuring George Clooney for reasons other than George Clooney. He must have been walking on sets with ‘Steal this scene from me’ plastered on his back, because Tilda Swindon got the Oscar and Tom Wilkinson  -yet another great British Actor who hasn’t won an Oscar- blows all the doors off with ...

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Poejazzi Sunday June 10th CANCELLED

The sad face says it all; we’ve been forced to pull the plug on this weekend’s relaunch event. Recent unforeseen personal circumstances have rendered it logistically impossible to run. It’s the worst gut-punch there is, and believe you-us, we are well and truly gutted.  Our sincere apologies to everyone who was looking forward to it and thank ...

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Poejazzi Shorts: Shakka Experiments with The Recipe (Kendrick Lamar feat Dr Dre)

Another day, another gift from us to you. We catch Shakka lost in the moment as he plays around with one of our favourite tracks of  the year so far: Kendrick Lamar and Dr Dre’s song The Recipe (which was based on a hypnotic sample from Twin Sister’s Meet the Frownies.) Please let it be the next ...

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Poejazzi Shorts: Kai Gama (The Insomniax) Performs – I Saw Her

Another of our Poejazzi Shorts: this time we have spoken word artist Kai Gama from The Insomniax: The Poetic Soundsystem performing his very cheeky and thought provoking piece I Saw Her. See him live with his partner in crime Dr Sydney Velvet this Sunday at Poejazzi Poejazzi Shorts – Kai Gama (The Insomniax: The Poetic ...

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Unique Voices: This Sunday at Poejazzi

At Poejazzi we try our damnedest to be a little smart curating our events and this time we want you to feel like you’ve witnessed some modern soulful music and spoken word. For us, modern soulful sounds encompass multiple genres and soulful spoken word combines poetry with a distinct form of musicality.  So we’ve got one of poetry’s ...

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Watch Poejazzi Interview The Insomniax: The Poetic Soundsystem

We are super happy to present you with the first in a long line of presents (i.e. interviews with artists we love) from us to you.  You can see them perform live at Poejazzi on Sunday June 10th at CAMP.  Here they talk nocturnal habits, multimedia, spoken word and macaroni and cheese. They’re as insightful, funny and left ...

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