- Rhymin' since day... curious is a multi-tasking microphone vandal. Hiphop poetry is the dish of the day. Whether served fresh acapella or over baking hot beats, the elements of this feast are best enjoyed raw. Catch a portion of curious online or on stage, spitting like a pig on a spit roast. Check in to keep updated...peaCe
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Next Gig: Friday 2nd November, Intimates at the Poetry Cafe, London. Hosted by Kat Francois.
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Manorlogz BHM Special featuring:
Jazzman John Clarke
There's way more poets; most of those above are just in the first week!!
Check them all out throughout October on Vox Africa (Sky 218)
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Refugee Week 18-24 June 2012
To celebrate the innumerable stories of political and economic migration that have shaped our cities and societies, 'To Sea' reworks Edward Lear's 'The Jumblies' for a 21st century audience. Echoing the bravery and persistence of Lear's green and blue creatures, this poem serves to highlight the superhuman struggles undertaken daily in the name of freedom and opportunity.
I know the original from my childhood and read it regularly to my young daughters. Reading it as an adult I was struck by the parallels between the fantastic story of the poem and the realities of many of my own friends journey's to this country. Once I had written the poem, I recited it for some of my friends whose stories had inspired it. They told me they were moved by the honesty of the piece and that it resonated with their own experiences. This was obviously a very rewarding response.
After that I contacted human rights charity 'Restless Beings' to discuss turning the poem into a film. I was introduced to video-journalist and documentary maker, Ceren Yilmaz. I presented my ideas for visuals and Ceren edited my still images into the animated montage that you see projected onto my face in the film.
Ceren shot the performance in a single first take before editing it and delivering it to my inbox before midnight!
My greatest thanks and admiration go to Ceren, Mabrur and the whole Restless team for their support and dedication to this project. I am very proud to be associated with this crew!
If you would like to know more about the Restless Beings; find out more information about ways to support Refugee Week; get a film made or if you just want to see more curious poetry, check out the links below...peaCe
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Friday 8th June @ SOAS. 8pm onwards. Free.
Supporting '3rd Floor' - retro-fresh hiphop soul and funk. Spokenword and beatbox set.
Tuesday 12th June @ The Recreation Ground, Camberwell Green. 7-midnight. £5
Christopher Logue tribute night hosted by Angry Sam Featuring: Kate Tempest and John Hegley.
Friday 22nd June @ D'Gaf, Stratford. 7-midnight. Details tbc
Charity event in aid of Syria.
Saturday 30th June @ Kingsbury High School. 2-6pm. Free
Summer Festival literary tent + open mic
Sunday 1st July @ The Yard Theatre, Queens Yard, hackney Wick. E9 5EN. Midday-11pm. £7
Lyrix Organix: Relay with Restless Beings. Hiphop and poetry night. Gonna be BIG!
Sunday 15th July @ Theatre Royal bar, Stratford
Intimates hosted by Kat Francois. Details tbc
...That's all for now!!
Look out for videos with human rights charity Restless Beings as well as a chance to see me spit in 3D in the soon to be released Peckham BMX club documentary by JetSet films
Much love for everybody supporting; enjoy the new video clips for Good Enough and My Beauty Remains and I hope to see you at a gig soon! peaCe
Saturday, 7 January 2012
FLASH BANG LONDON
In a flash London was back
Back on the map, back on track
Back to back but never back to that
Dark days of 2011;
Its 2012 and London is heaven
All sins forgiven; despite there being more poor in prison
Isn’t this an old one Stephen? Just being retold
For the new youth, while the new old, remember
Stories from days past
When 10 pence could make the day last
Where we walked slow and we prayed fast
How does this one end again? The detail escapes me,
But I see through their gloss; what dem posh wanna make me.
Still, the fireworks were excellent; emotional, expensive
Which in ‘these times of austerity’ makes me apprehensive
Can we afford this? Really though, can we?
If we can, then that’s all good
But can you stop trying to skank me? And thank me
Come hand me a couple of Olympic tickets
(something close to the finish line)
While I’m writing these slogans on placards and pamphlets
For colleagues who are standing on picket lines.
See, it’s just a whole lot of politics
I need someone to help me unpick it
We all gotta have our fair share of the glory
Or lets tell dem man where to stick it.
Still, the fireworks were excellent; the party more intimate
The purse string are tight and them clubs I’m not into it.
So we rave on in maisonettes
Pissing through the xmas debts
Cut the decks, place your bets and laugh off your losses
A punch of rum, some drum and bass
Your wifey whining on ya waist
A smile on every drunken face
For whatever life offers.