Monthly Archives: September 2012

Review – Kate Tempest – Brand New Ancients

Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients was a mixture of the two components I feel are important when it comes to the one man/woman show format. Connecting personally with the audience in a universal way and capturing the little idiosyncrasies of the basis of your story. Tempest’s exploration of two families unravelling is relatable modern tragedy, crafted ...

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George the Poet – Hotel Cabana

We’re clapping-and-jumping-up-and-down happy to see emerging household name George the Poet star in the trailer for the new Virgin Records/Naughtyboy Music concept album Hotel Cabana feat Emeli Sande, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Gabrielle, and more.  No, I am not setting you up to expect a revision of Barry Manilow’s dirtiest secret, I am setting you up to expect ...

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Lemn Sissay on Tour w/Baaba Maal US 2013

Poet Lemn Sissay MBE (Associate Artist at The Southbank Centre) has been invited to feature on Baaba Maal’s tour in the US in 2013. After a wondrous performance with Baaba at this summer’s Africa Utopia event Word Sound Power it’s all enough to make us want to cobble together collective resources and cross the atlantic to get in ...

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Artists We’d Love To Book: A Yellow Man

How can one possibly hate on this? Okay, so the fact that they’d label themselves Gospel Rap is a good enough reason as any to not-listen-to-anything-they-ever-do-ever, but when they’re this amazing I don’t care if Souk Souk Death Metal is their preferred genre. Two rappers. One singer. One hell of a wardrobe between them. A ...

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As Seen On Youtube: Luke Wright’s ‘B Movie’

Luke ‘Skywalker’ Wright, the hardest man in poetry, has made an ode to classic cheesy sci-fi/horror movies. Set in Brentwood and written almost entirely with the alliterative ‘B’ syllable, this is the cleverest three minute piece of entertainment you’ll watch today. Enjoy:...

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Poejazzi Recommends: Chill Pill This Thursday Feat Soweto Kinch

Chill Pill dun done it now. They’ve only gone and booked one of my favourite saxophonist-rappers of all time. OF ALL TIME. If you like jazz/hip hop/poetry/life and you do not know Soweto Kinch, slap yourself. Soweto is like that one night that Smooth, Classy, Grown Up Jazz  met Thoughtful, Clever Hip Hop, and Hip ...

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New Music – Benin City- Accelerate

Check out Benin City’s new single (released this week) Accelerate – a whirring, brass heavy, poetic tour de force dedicated to speed (the natural variety but of course) Also have a read of this funny, insightful interview by Urban Nerds with Benin City on intergalactic label bosses, Amon Tobin and the Dan le Sac tour....

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Smokey Robinson – (yes…the one and only) Talks New Spoken Word Show

  The sweet falsetto behind The Tears of a Clown is staging his first poetry show in Los Angeles this weekend and we’re hoping if enough people fawn over the prospect of seeing Smokey Robinson as a performance poet we could a) be in for a very magic surreal experience if it tours internationally or ...

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Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes

Kahlil Joseph is an amazing director. This is poetry in motion. That is all. Until the Quiet Comes feats Erykah Badu, Thundercat and Thom Yorke and is out October 2. Pre-order here....

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William Blake Gets a Gospel Makeover

What do the blues have in common with William Blake? Well according to indie soul artist Martha Redbone a hell of a lot. It took Martha five years to apply the poetry of Blake to her rootsy style on The Garden of Love and astonishingly it works perfectly. She  plants romanticism’s sensual relationship with nature firmly on ...

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Recap – Poejazzi at The Thames Festival and Bestival

proxy Poejazzi is suffering from a rather indulgent condition: it’s called festival fatigue and affects a small percentile of the population who make it their business to be at every festival going every summer. Over the weekend Poejazzi featured at The Thames Festival and founder Joshua Idehen worked the Bestival crowd with Dan le Sac and ...

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Kate Tempest – Brand New Ancients (Ends Sep 22nd)

Kate Tempest’s show Brand New Ancients, based on the intertwining lives of two families unravelling against the backdrop of the city and mythology, has garnered one of the biggest bouts of buzz surrounding a spoken word theatre piece probably ever! Recent excitement over this show has only been matched by the prospect of seeing Inua ...

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#followfriday LAPKAT: The Spoken Word DJ

How many spoken word DJs can you name?…exactly. Assuming you know of none or very few we think you only really need to know about one: LAPKAT. The phenomena that is LAPKAT is actually a lovely lady called Lisa Greenway who used to edit publications by our blog crush Going Down Swinging. Originally based in Australia ...

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Melbourne Planetarium Poetry Collaboration

Dark Matter from Black Ash Media on Vimeo. Yea we’re kind of late on this one but who cares? Our belated timing doesn’t deter from its beauty! We love this video featuring Emilie Zoe Baker’s poem Dark Matters which was from a larger performance piece originally written for the Melbourne International Arts Festival and performed in ...

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If Poejazzi Could Be Anyone For a Day We Would Be Going Down Swinging

Going Down Swinging has unwittingly become one of our “brand-spirations” with their can do attitude to everything poetry: Gorgeous publishing digitally and in print, a highly functional and yet aesthetically pleasing blog and well loved events. Check them out regularly for info on multimedia poetry projects as well as their own publications (that I am ...

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Review: The Roundhouse Poetry Slam Final

The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is one of the finest slams the UK has to offer. This year the panel included some of the most respected names in spoken word: Kat Francois (Guess Radio), Dan Cockrill (Bang Said the Gun) and lingual contortionist David J (Random Acts, Channel 4).  Having attended and reviewed Roundhouse slams previously we ...

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