Monthly Archives: January 2014

Spoken Word – Musa Okwonga – An Ode to Football

Musa Okwonga's ode to 150 years of the FA: This is Football - video Check out Poejazzi favourite Musa Okwonga’s brilliant poem Ode to Football which was commissioned by The FA and features cameos by Ant & Dec, Dizzee Rascal, Steve Gerrard, John Bishop and many more. Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite...

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Poetry – Syrian Poetry: Revolution, Freedom and Breaking the Old Phantom of Fear by Sam Stolton

Syrian Poetry: Revolution, Freedom and Breaking the Old Phantom of Fear   Syrian Poetry: Revolution, Freedom and Breaking the Old Phantom of Fear by Sam Stolton The Syrian voice has scorched, pinched, blistered and branded itself onto the grey clouds knotted over the Arab skies since the outbreak of the civil war provoked by the revolutions in 2011. This voice is the new poetry, the splitting ...

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Poejazzi App Launch: Poejazzi Presents Adam Kammerling, Will Adlard, Oscar Laurence, Laurie Bolger PLUS Special Guests

Website_App_Page After leaving 2013 behind us with a big bang and a sold out gig at The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, we’re super excited to be back bringing you the best of spoken word and music into your hearts/minds/playlists. February’s Poejazzi will see us doing what we do best: mingling cult favourites with new discoveries ...

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Things We Missed – Folds Feat Mista Gee – Salvation EP

CS2348858-02A-BIG We got this sent to us in October (!) and thanks to a combition of our own struggle stories demanding our immediate and constant attention, we missed out on letting you know of what is, in our humblest opinion, the most underrated spoken word/music project of 2013. Folds make that chill-out/breakbeat/sampled hip hop/jazz backdrops that ...

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Cultural appropriation: the fashionable face of racism

Cultural appropriation: the fashionable face of racism Photo by Sanaa Hamid There is a painting in my parent’s house that my mother made. It is a self portrait; green eyes looking back between the black cloth of the headscarf painted around her face. It is a beautiful painting, carnal even. The assigned image on my phone for my father is a photograph ...

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Album Review – Connan Mockasin – Caramel

connan copy Bubbling out of a bizzaro world of hazy guitars, musical esotericism and dolphin love, Connan Mockasin’s breakthrough album, back in 2011, seemed to slip out of another dimension, a unique and alien artifact infiltrating our unsuspecting audio systems. Since then, frontman Connan Hosworth has toured with Radiohead and Grizzly Bear, collaborated with Charlotte Gainsbourg, found ...

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Album Review – Ezra Furman – Day of the Dog

Ezra-Furman-Day-Of-The-Dog Ezra Furman has been kicking around beneath the surface of the mainstream since 2006 and considering the quality of his latest (highly addictive) single release ‘My Zero’, it’s hard to see him staying under for too much longer. If the raspy, unhinged voice isn’t enough to warrant repeated plays then the song’s lilting melodies, punctuated ...

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New Music – Perfect Pussy – Driver

CT192 PerfectPussy Cover Sometimes you just need something a little scuzzy on your playlist to kick you in the ass and wake you up from everyday life, cue Perfect Pussy a female led noise/punk band. Oh and sometimes you also need to believe that rock isn’t dead, cue Perfect Pussy who make a whole lot of noise but ...

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Going Out – Architects of Our Republic

450183841_640 To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘I have a dream’ speech Apples & Snakes presents Architects of Our Republic. An evening of poetry, music and film that celebrates the profound influence of a speech that appealed for racial tolerance and sharply summarised the civil rights movement. Featuring specifically commissioned poetry films by AJ McKenna, Deborah ...

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New Music – Sula Bay – Basic Error

*temp* “I want you in my arms tonight baby” has never sounded so creepy and beautiful at the same time. Ok so that is clearly a grand, sweeping statement discouraged in an English lit class but we’ve been waiting for some new Sula Bay (also known as Bagel Project) for a good while and this does ...

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Album of the Week – MAXIXE – Ice On The Belly

Maxixe three quarter MAXIXE are one of the most exciting electronica acts out there at the moment. Fact. If you love electronic music and some actual melody you’re going to love, love, love MAXIXE. Fact. They’re also amazing people who have decided to release their debut album for free in spite of the fact it’s so great/memorable/fun an ...

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New Music – Young Fathers – Get Up

650x650xyoungfather650.jpg.pagespeed.ic.s2LXQEYGnq copy We’re Young Fathers stans all day, everyday at Poejazzi. Check out this strange but eventually soothing medley of seemingly disparate sounds called Get Up. It doesn’t really sound like anything else, Young Fathers don’t really sound like anyone else, don’t let any blog tell you otherwise and just expect the usual catchy conglomerate of styles/influences ...

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HMV’s Loss Isn’t Mine

HMV I’ve channeled my inner Walt Whitman, and got my feathers a little bit ruffled. Mainly because people are saddened over the closing of HMV Oxford Street. Defiant declarations against its proposed replacement – a(nother) Sports Direct – are loud enough, and people pour forth #HMVmemories while fearing the loss of a flagship. How weird though, ...

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Your resolutions are not only boring, they’re unhealthy for us all

Your resolutions are not only boring, they're unhealthy for us all We get it. Your self control is wonderful. Whilst the rest of us drag our turkey legs (these are our actual legs now) across kitchen floor, pine needles piercing cornea as we reach for the 3 for 1 bottles of wine, the rest of you have achieved triathlons in your lunch break simultaneously catching up ...

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Poetry – Things We Missed – Chozen And Sophia Thakur

Chozen-Shakur1 Maybe we don’t go out much, but we don’t see enough tag-team spoken word performances from UK artists; definitely not anything on the level newcomers (at least, new to Poejazzi’s radar) Chozen and Sophia Thakur are giving us here. We’ll say it again: the best spoken word works like the best conversation with a close ...

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Music – Mesita – The Whyd Mix

Mesita You should know the drill by now: Mesita is one of our mega-crushes: Insane prolific-ness coupled with even more insane-r consistency equals four brilliant albums in four years, culminating in 2013′s excellent Future Proof (out now). Go ahead and be embarrassed for your work rate. Mesita’s playlist, our first for 2014, is a varied collection ...

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