Monthly Archives: July 2012

Escape From London, But First: A Parting Gift.

We are getting out of the big smoke before TFL gets… interesting. As a result, postings on this site will be even more sporadic than usual. How about you take the downtime as an opportunity to read through some of our older blogs, videos and giveaways you may have missed: Our most recent Poejazzi Shorts, ...

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Poejazzi Recommends: Kate Tempest’s Book Launch, ‘Everything Speaks In Its Own Way’

You would not get a bigger no brainer in a Zombie Barbie beauty contest. It’s Kate Tempest. She recently stole the show supporting Saul Williams at the Southbank. Google her. Her book is coming out next month. She’s having her one and only London gig to celebrate. It is going to sell out. This is ...

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As Seen On Vimeo: Warsan Shire’s For Women Who Are Difficult To Love’

We are huge fans of Warsan Shire’s poetry; if you are looking for imagery that cuts right to the bone, I mean raw and beautiful as hell imagery, that terribly honest shit…Then you should probably visit her blog, or her tumblr, or you can buy her CD, or her book, all of which I can ...

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Bands We Like: 2morrow’s Victory

When people talk about ‘Alternative Hip Hop,’ guys like these pop in my head. 2morrow’s Victory had headlined a night at the Portuguese Poetry Festival the night before I arrived; Poo. Storytelling from the Lupe Fiasco School of Rhyming, with a passion for matching sweaters. At least that’s what this video’s telling me. If you ...

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YOUNG PEOPLE MIX IT UP ONLINE WITH NATIONAL PEACE TRACK COMPETITION

YOUNG PEOPLE MIX IT UP ONLINE WITH NATIONAL PEACE TRACK COMPETITION The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and online youth broadcaster SBTV are calling on bedroom MCs, vocal divas, mix-masters and wannabe rappers to show exactly what they can do by contributing to an online mash-up track to promote peace among young people. Chart-toppers Rizzle Kicks, who are supporting ...

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CAMP BESTIVAL HERE WE COME! FEAT GWYTHER, MINAMORE AND CREE!

You’re going to Camp Bestival, yes? OF COURSE YOU ARE. It’s going to be sunny (Please God Please) and it’s Poejazzi’s festival debut WOO HOO! And we will be hosting the spoken word tent at the behest of Scroobius Pip! Come Saturday, at a time hopefully not clashing with top acts such as Little Dragon, ...

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Bands We Love: To Kill A King

At yet another very special night you may not have heard of (Howl, run by the very affable  Ruby Kid) I got to witness a very, very amazing UK band. To Kill A Kid are indie folk with gorgeous barbershop style vocals and soul-stirring lyrics. Their lead single, which they are giving away for free, has ...

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As Seen On Youtube: Polarbear and Akram Khan- Not All Collaborations Work Out Well

Why, wasn’t it just a short while ago I said something about dance and poetry being the most awkward bedfellows since Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone in The Specialist? Spoken word artist/playwright Polarbear and dance maestro Akram Khan made a funny video about that very same notion. Great minds, eh? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM8mk5xAOYI&feature=youtu.be]...

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As Seen On Youtube: Harry Baker’s A Team Dessert

  Seriously talented Spoken word artist and terribly funny person Harry Baker does a cheeky rewording of Ed Sheeran’s ‘A Team,’ drug references out, a break-up relayed through pastry-puns and wordplay gloriously in. Below:...

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CALL FOR ENTRIES! ROUNDHOUSE POETRY SLAM! DEADLINE TUESDAY 24TH JULY!

  Are you young? 16-25 young? Do you write words? Hmm? You like similies, imagery, metaphors? Do you often say these words out loud, A Capella, with or without the use of humour/rhyme/rhythm, at/to other people, as a means to express a particular feeling you felt? (shouting whilst un-sober in a pub/student bar does not count) ...

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As Seen On Youtube: Louise Golbey’s ‘How It Is.’

Louise Golbey: an incredible voice and an even incredibler dancer.  Her London-Soul stylings have gone down a treat at our past events with the audience and other acts AND she supported George Benson, so BLAM. She has a new single out  What it is which features the cutest robot since Wall-E AND comes with a French version. ...

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As Seen On Youtube: Raphael Attar’s ‘Gary Barlow’

You may not know Raphael Attar,  because you weren’t paying attention: We featured him alongside his magnificent leeds band Paper Tiger a while back. When he’s not  with the band, Raphael is a comedy/spoken word artist (his latest show, the Raphael Attar Variety Show, will be hitting the Edinburgh Fringe next month). Recently he wrote an ...

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As Seen On Youtube – Tanya Auclair Covers Queen of Stone Age – No One Knows

  Here at Poejazzi HQ we are perennial fans of Tanya Auclair: not enough artists put the level of inventiveness into their live performances as she does. She’s currently on her way to making/breaking waves in Croatia, but if you aren’t already going, or you don’t live there, or you’re on a damnit-I-can’t-afford-a-ticket-on-a-spur-of-the-moment scenario, you can always ...

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Kevin Pocock

f8y73txts7urnb5g1y3g Writer, Editor (code for proofreading, copy-editing and fact-checking obsessive) poetry consumer and weekend athlete giving you pointers on how to write to the best of your abilities and providing some examples of said prowess that are either intended to make you feel really bad about yourself or just make you a super writer and reader....

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Festival Silencio- A Report

I was invited to perform at Lisbon’s Poetry Festival, ‘Silencio.’ Yay, ye gods of good fortune. Lisbon is different. Of course it is; it’s in that part of Europe where the sun is a real friend, not a facebook friend; a real friend who visits regularly (read: anywhere but the UK). The streets are draped on hills, ...

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