Monthly Archives: November 2012

Chimene Suleyman

Photo-on-2012-04-25-at-03.34-22 Chimene Suleyman is a writer from London. She has worked with the Royal Opera House to and curate her own text installation, and has represented the UK at the International Biennale in Rome. She is a member of Point Blank Poetry collective and teaches poetry and creative writing workshops for both adults and children. She ...

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Guest Blog – Titilope Sonuga – A Home in Writing

titi-0759-2012863535-O copy I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandmother’s hands. I’ve been thinking about the network of lines on her palms; the road map I have followed. These same hands carried her 8 children and all of their children. I’ve been thinking about how the body stores memory, about all the places my grandmother touched, all ...

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Unleashed – Review

FaxrHaJgadSDt0OZwPSsMWVSQ-ikzi0lCNW1Jdxh8PY  Unleashed is a dedication to the city sprawl and it’s young inhabitants realised in a passionate production of organised and exhilarating chaos. This collaborative project was directed by Walter Meierjohann, Boy Blue Entertainment Artistic Directors Kenrick ‘H20′ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and acted out by over 100 young people from various performance groups including ...

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Scroobius Pip Recites Introdiction On Mountain For Movember

Scroobius Pip This November, while most men were busy patting themselves on the back for growing a bit of wild face bush for the ‘Movember’ charity drive, Scroobius decided to do one better and climb up a mountain. As if that wasn’t enough shame-the-male-population for one month, he recited Introdiction, the lead single from his solo album, ...

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Laura Mvula – Can’t Live With the World

Laura Mvula - 1 This lady just keeps doing things we really, really like. Can’t Live With the World is a glorious combination of harps and horns. It has a slow, deliberate composition that sounds like something out of an American 1950s movie with the unexpected twist of Laura Mvula’s African inflections. Sublime....

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Poejazzi Blog Network Presents…Titilope Sonuga

sub-unityindiversity-cmyk Titilope Sonuga is a poet made majestic by her dualities: her Nigerian and Canadian heritage, and her belief in each new poem being rooted in the re-telling of a story. The Maya Angelou Poetry Contest winner has shared her unique and transformative style all over Canada where she combines:  ”the elements of her African upbringing ...

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Going Out – Hugh Hughes – Stories from an Invisible Town

screen-shot-2012-09-17-at-09-26-09 What is a childhood made up of? For artist Hugh Hughes childhood is fragmented into poetry, short films, photographs, animations, maps, diagrams, and audio clips.  Stories from an Invisible Town features Hugh Hughes and his siblings as they retell the story of their collective childhood in a warmly nostalgic and unpredictable improvisational show. Preview some ...

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Guest Blog – Daniel Randall AKA The Ruby Kid – Art From The Gliding Chaos

rubystairs On Friday 5 October, I performed at “Gliding Chaos”, a night of film, theatre, and poetry at Sugarhouse Studios in Hackney Wick. We presented a range of art about East London – its past, its present, and its future, in its entire working-class, immigrant, kaleidoscopic, glory. It’s an event that appeals to a lot of ...

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Going Out – Naked Boys Reading

Naked Boys Reading: Gifts :: Thursday 29th November, 8pm-midnight | Vogue Fabrics Just when you thought literary readings couldn’t get anymore niche. Naked Boys Reading won’t be to everyone’s taste but if it is it could be the best literature associated night you’ve ever had, bar that time you got high reading Hunter S Thompson with your bff at uni and scrawled excerpts all over the walls ...

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Going Out – Joel Culpepper Live @ Monkee Genes Launch Party

305525_296683037115886_123954681_n Watch Joel Culpepper with a full live band this Sunday, Nov 25, at Boxpark in Shoreditch performing tracks from his latest offering for the free Monkee Genes Launch party. We’ve been predicting big, wonderful things for the man behind the EP that gets multiple plays at Poejazzi HQ, SkyDive. After his video being played on ...

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Titilope Sonuga

titi-0759-2012863535-O copy Titilope Sonuga is a Nigerian born spoken word poet based in Edmonton, AB, Canada. She is the winner of the  2012 Maya Mangelou Poetry Contest and the 2011 Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She is the creator of Rouge Poetry, Edmonton’s only Poetry Slam Series and the founder of the Breath In Poetry Collective. She ...

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Going Out – Shakka and Speech Debelle @ Tate Britain

1400507555-13-1024x1024 Make sure you catch recent MTV Brand New Unsigned shortlister Shakka at the Tate Britain on Nov 24 alongside Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle. LABEL is curated by Tate Collective as part of the Great British Art Debate and will include live acoustic performances with Q+A sessions + DJs, installations and workshops all for free. We’re particularly ...

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Album of the Week – The Leano – Postcards from Nowhere

normal_Lean_6429_e We like this album. Alot. The Leano consists of Ben Moore and vocalist/poet/rapper/writer/actor (no one can afford to be one thing anymore, get with the programme people) Arij Manuelpillai. They have supported acts such as Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, the inescapable Frank Turner and many a musician’s favourite musician Gideon Conn. The Leano’s fourth album ...

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The Exchange – The Strivers Row in England

file17774 We just geeked out. Oh and crushed out (and we may have almost passed out but that could be due to being overworked and underpaid). The Striver’s Row, the collective that every collective should be watching very closely, is coming to the UK for a series of workshops and shows called The Exchange. We have ...

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Fiona Apple – Dull Tool

a56e1441 “You don’t kiss when you kiss. You don’t fuck when you fuck. You don’t say what you mean. You don’t talk loud enough.”  Fiona Apple. Luscious instrumetation. Check. Orchestral layers. Check.  Sylvia Plath like brutal honesty. Check. Fearless composition. Check. Check out Fiona Apple doing what she does best in the new song Dull Tool ...

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Kevin Morosky – Start a War

1023822   It all started with a song. As most of the best things do. It did for Kevin Morosky, a photographer/DJ/Promoter, whose images have appeared in i-D, The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Vice, NYLON, The Fader, etc and many more etcs. Having previously shot a plethora of musicians/actors such as Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and Billie ...

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Video of the Week – Laura Mvula – She

MC-laura-mvula-she “Mvula writes her “sound sketches”, as she calls them, on her laptop using GarageBand…There’s just not that many samples to choose from,” she explains. “My favourites were harp, celesta and the ‘brass pad’. There’s nothing I love more in the world than layering voices.” The Guardian Watch the new video for Laura Mvula‘s single She, shot ...

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Going Out – Saul Williams Literary Mix Tape – Support from Warsan Shire & Inua Ellams

IJ1O_PGN_Pick__2__Saul_Williams We’re giving you a month’s notice on this one because the last Saul Williams event at this summer’s London Literature Festival sold out and I don’t want to see you looking all bereft or at risk of doing something desperate and unethical to get your hands on the golden ticket. This time (Nov 29) poet/actor/indie ...

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Fiona Bevan + Ed Sheeran = Number One

5815005460_f19971fcf1 We had to hold a little virtual party (austere times call for virtual methods) to congratulate Poejazzi favourites Fiona Bevan and Ed Sheeran who have written One Direction’s number one single Little Things. Whilst One Direction may not be Poejazzi ‘s usual fare, Fiona and Ed most definitely are and have been, featuring at several ...

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Bridget Minamore

bridget-face-2 copy Bridget Minamore is a 21-year-old writer from South East London who blogs about running, feminism, spoken word, university, politics and the strange things that happen to her on public transport. Proud member of both Point Blank Poets and Rubix poetry collectives. Likes travelling too far and eating too much. Sometimes does proper grown-up jobs like ...

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The Roundhouse RoundUP Radio Show Podcast

1340727640Roundhouse-Blog[1] Have a listen to The Roundhouse’s flagship cultural and creative monthly radio show RoundUp’s first podcast here. Roundhouse Radio is an online radio station broadcast direct from the Roundhouse by a new generation of radio talent, all aged 25 or under.The show is produced and presented by one of our favourite up and coming poets Jack Rooke (please ...

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Album of the Week – Shakka – The Shakkapellas and Hello Skinny – Hello Skinny

528482_294899607251658_143947865680167_704418_1018225089_n We have two albums for you this week, not because we’re indecisive but because we’re greedy and think you should be too goddamnit. If there are two experiences you should indulge in until the next time we get to exchange music it is these two: Shakka, the man with the Stevie Woinder-esque tones and the ...

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Guest Blog – Anthony Anaxagorou – The Sadness Of Art

Twitter   For years I’ve been forced to wrestle with various inalienable dark feelings and moods that always seem to be born out of simple, average occurrences. During my younger years I presumed these bouts of sadness, of melancholia, were just a required part of growing into myself; the sure making of the invulnerable, confident adult that my father and other ...

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Pumpkin feat Ty – Examen de Physique

358305700_640 Check out this new track from Pumpkin, the French/Spanish MC/”poetess” and one-half of Mentalow Music together with her producing partner Vin’S da Cuero. Examen de Physique feats UK legend and innovative story teller Ty and her EP Silence Radio, where she also collaborates with  artists such as DJ Vadim and Metropolis (Foreign Beggars), is out now. Make sure you also watch out for Ty’s new ...

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Robert Glasper Experiment feat Vula – The Southbank Centre

diva-geek-1 Ok, so this footage of Vula (Basement Jaxx/DivaGeek) singing Cherish the Day from the latest Robert Glasper Experiment album is so dark you can see next to nothing but who needs to see when you can hear all of this goodness? Not us. You can next catch Vula fronting project Diva Geek and supporting Rahsaan ...

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New Music – Autre Ne Veut – Counting

autre Lo-fi meets R&B in this gorgeous sonic landscape of winding synths, a slow and rhythmic beat, a surprising inclusion of an elephant like sound of horns that actually ends up making the track sound elegant and adds a welcome element of the exotic and wait a minute..is that a pan pipe I hear?…Oh yes it ...

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Video of the Week – Beach House – Wild

BEACH-HOUSE-BLOOM1-575x380 We like dramatics round here and this Jonan Renck directed video provides plenty of it. The video for Wild is a haunting snapshot of life in one apartment block via one of the strongest tracks from Beach House‘s latest offering Bloom. You can find details of their Frightened Eyes Tour here....

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Going Out – Hanna Silva – Opposition

3a3poster Hannah Silva‘s one woman show, Opposition, is a must see this month. This satirical political play focuses on the meaningless jargon behind political language. “A one-woman show, Silva fills the space with her energetic stage presence. Peppering the performance with fragmented monologues, recordings on repeat and the occasional bit of audience participation, the whole piece ...

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Emma Ward – Trains

542185_281875311923818_854275595_n   “I see spoken word getting bigger and more popular, reaching more people through expanding genres and blurring lines between different types of performance. You can do what you like, literally and I’m sure that will appeal to many more people in the future.” Check out Emma Ward, one of the poets featured in Rhyming ...

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Grizzly Bear – Not Coming Back

grizzly-bear Daniel Rossen has fed us a little sustenance to keep us going until the next Grizzly Bear album, this is a song from last year that led to the creation of other songs on Shields, it is unfinished and yet it is better than a lot of finished songs out there at the moment. Daniel ...

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Laura Mvula – Like the Morning Dew

548692_10151101114392960_1767449348_n We can only expect great things from singer-songwriter Laura Mvula after hearing this beautiful track Like the Morning Dew. It’s the kind of song that  comes out of the ring swinging right from the beginning and yet negotiates the line between subtlety and maximalism with an almost scary amount of accuracy. The best part about ...

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Going Out – Unleashed

Unleashed_event We are always happy to see spoken word being utilised with multimedia in mind and forward thinking shows such as Unleashed at The Barbican (Nov 23-24) deserve our support. Unleashed is an exciting project directed by Walter Meierjohann, Boy Blue Entertainment Artistic Directors Kenrick ‘H20′ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante. The show melds together spoken ...

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Going Out – Fundraiser For Jodi Ann Bickley’s Brain

Jodi-Ann-Bickley_2_1330099462 Poet, ‘Speak Up’ organiser and all round wonderful person Jodi Ann Bickley has had a health nightmare over the last 18 months. She contracted encephalitis from a tick bite and suffered a stroke which left her needing to learn to walk and write again, the write again part being even more nightmarish for a writer of ...

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Scroobius Pip – Spoken Word Tour Interview

scroobiuspip Somehow we have managed to snatch a moment of one of the busiest men in music’s time for a little update. Scroobius Pip, aside from being one of the hardest working artists we know, is also the most recognisable face in UK spoken word and having heard rumours of a spoken word tour this month ...

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Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Tame-Impala-Lonerism If heaven was psychedelic we’re pretty sure it would look like and sound a little like this Tame Impala song Feels Like We Only Go Backwards. This track is taken from the album Lonerism, a project so intensely sensory you can practically taste and hear colours. Lonerism was released last month and has become one ...

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Album of the Week – Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate

timthumb.php Vinyl Williams, aka Lionel Williams, describes himself as being influenced by the transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Egyptian architecture, and improv techniques. He has supported everybody’s new favourite band Django Django as well as Toro Y Moi,  but most importantly these soundscapes do exactly what they say on the tin. Somehow the collage artist/composer/performer has achieved ...

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Going Out – Influx Press/Sam Berkson – Life in Transit Book Launch

Sam_Berkson_Book_Cover Indie publisher Influx Press is up to lots of exciting things this month. For starters they are releasing their second publication Life in Transit by Sam Berkson, Life in Transit is “is a poetry collection that focuses on public transport and travel in contemporary neoliberal Britain.” and is described as “By turns lyrical, acerbic and bitingly ...

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Guest Blog – Jono McCleery – Authenticity and John Coltrane

jonomc I really struggle with sharing my thoughts, and I guess that’s one of the reasons why I love playing music, in that you can express an infinite thing without relying on words, or simply resonate the sound of love and what it means to you, using instinct alone.  A topic that comes up frequently in ...

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Lana Del Ray – Bel Air

Lana+Del+Rey+ldr421 As much as people love to hate them some Lana Del Ray she (and her evil genius production team) know her way round a dreamy song. Check out Bel Air, a new track from upcoming EP Paradise, with a lullaby-esque harmonious quality (and a kind of budget video..but the song is so lovely we’ve drifted ...

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Ratking – Comic

664e9102a915a7107bf545c4a0be23e4_vice_670 XL Recordings signing Ratking are literally king-like in an underground setting for video Comic that looks super conducive to a rat infestation. Aside from gaining points for exploiting the obvious connotations of their name with the underground scene, Comic is a bit of a guilty pleasure, it’s not jungle music, it’s jungle lite. Their conception ...

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King Krule – Rock Bottom

kingkrulepb King Krule (formerly known as Zoo Kid) hits Rock Bottom in the best way anyone can. If you haven’t encountered King Krule’s emotional, guttural sound then this gem of a tune is as fine an introduction as any....

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Patience Agbabi – The Canterbury Copy

0 “Last week she stood in front of 700 17 and 18-year-olds and performed Chaucer’sPrologue, but as a “grime mix”. The standing ovation she received indicates that Chaucer has come a long way from its medieval roots.” Gravesend Reporter Any woman who can grime-ify Chaucer, never mind get a standing ovation for Chaucer from an audience under the ...

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Vondelpark – Dracula

vondelpark1 We love this chill wave with soul credentials track by Vondelpark called Dracula and having listened to other tracks such as Hipbone our not having known that much about them before makes us feel collectively kind of ashamed but no fear we will make it up to both ourselves and you by showing them blog love ...

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Faith Jegede – TED Talk on Autism

p.txt In case you haven’t noticed we love all things TED round here. We especially love the latest talks from poets exploring topics outside of poetry associate with them such as Lemn Sissay’s A Child of the State talk. Check out poet/writer Faith Jegede talk about her poignant and funny familial experience of autism in Autism Through ...

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Video of the Week – Idris Elba in Mumford and Sons Video – Lover of the Light

article-1352117830095-15dad774000005dc-646016_466x310-592 Check out this gorgeous Mumford and Sons song and video for Lover of the Light which stars Idris Elba indulging his senses in a day in the life motif. The video was also co-directed by Idris so you know it’s got to have that Luther level of emotional intensity. It’s a perfect pairing, so go ...

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