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, night of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs.
The format is super simple:
10 poets share a poem that engages any aspect of hip hop culture after each poet, the Dj will play two hip hop songs of the poet's choosing that linked to the poem.
This event is in celebration of Black History Month.
Venue: Facebook Brock Office
Address: 10 Brock Street, London, England
Tickets: Free! But you gotta sign up here
Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word shows. Poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with jaw- dropping improvised soundtracks and films from the genre hopping Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman) and East London design studio CR&D.
Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown XFM; Pick Of The Week - BBC R4), it is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. Previous guests include Kate Tempest, Roger McGough, Akala, Robin Ince, Bellatrix, Hollie McNish, Lemn Sissay, Vanessa Kisuule and Dizraeli.
Venue: H Club
Address: 24 Endell St, London WC2H 9HQ
Tickets: Free! Member only.
Black Cultural Archives is excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander from the United States. Kwame will be in conversation with lil old me, about his career and life. The event also launches a series of discussions about the Black Male experience as we lead up to International Men’s Day on November 19.
A prolific writer, speaker and educator with a love for storytelling and poetry, Kwame has written 32 books and has had success with titles such as Rebound, Booked and The Crossover.
Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize and three NAACP Image Award Nominations and his passion for writing led him to start LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy programme he co-founded.
Y’all will be able to purchase our books and we can them signed for you at the event. Come through.
Venue: Black Cultural Archives
Address: 1 Windrush Square, Brixton London, SW2 1EF
Tickets: £9.21 book here
For this special co-commission by MLF and Manchester Museum, Inua will be performing new verses responding to an artefact taken from Benin and now in Manchester Museum’s collection.
Venue: Manchester Museum, Living Worlds Gallery
Address: The University of, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL
Tickets: book here
Join Skin Deep for an evening of conversation, live performance and collective listening with your truly and a couple of special guests. A sonic exploration of poetry, storytelling, music and artwork. Past Sonic Transmissions events have included artists such as Shabaka Hutchings (ft. Theon Cross and Max Hallett), Nérija, Ahnansé (ft. Yussef Dayes, Mansur Brown, Sheila Maurice-Grey and Shirley Tetteh), and Brother Portrait.