The Africa Utopia RAP Party

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The R.A.P Party.

What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop's past, present and future? Come chill and find out at Inua Ellams' Rhythm And Poetry Party... a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening of hip-hop-inspired poems and favorite hip-hop songs.

“The most formalist poetry I have been exposed to is rap lyrics... they are hyper-metrical, the rhyme schemes are intricate and the levels of allusion, and allusive play, in the average rap song is staggering. When you put that against the work of more canonical poets I think there is a lot of kinship between people driven by an affinity with, and flair for, language.” - Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo is just one of the stunning, eloquent, inspiring voices of African descent to live and work and the United Kingdom. This pan-African event, curated for the Southbank Centre's Africa Utopia festival features poets from: Ghana, Congo, Egypt, Zambia, Somalia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.  

The lineup as always, is incredible: Victoria Adukwei Bulley, JJ Bola, Salma El-Wardany, Kayo Chingonyi, Sumia Jaama, Joshua Idehen, Wana Udobang, Alim Kamara, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams.


Venue: Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Time: 7:30pm
Address: Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Tickets: £10 / buy Here

#Afterhours at the Spiegeltent

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Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for Poetry,  Edinburgh International Book Festival presents an intimate reading from #Afterhours.