Hi all, and happy new year;
Musa here, looking forward to another year of Poejazzi, which looks to be the most exciting one for the scene yet. Inua, Joshua and I nominated last year the “Year of the Poet”, but that was before all of the astonishing artists whom we work and/or admire sent things into another gear altogether. This year has already seen the continued rise of G.R.E.E.D.S, who has collaborated with Benin City’s own Joshua Idehen; and of Raymond Antrobus, who has just released his brilliant debut spoken word EP, “Internal”. This is a year which began with Ed Sheeran, who headlined our final show of 2010, releasing an EP with no major label backing that rose to number 2 in the iTunes album charts, displacing all before it save Rihanna. (Yes, even Tinie Tempah and Kings of Leon were not safe from the singer-songwriter’s onslaught).
This is also a year which will see Inua Ellams leading poetry workshops at the National, Scroobius Pip releasing some solo material, and Poeticat‘s band going from strength to strength. A year which will see exciting new work from Benin City, Sound of Rum, Polarbear, Alex Gwyther, and more.
Which is why we have this new-look blog; to celebrate the diversity of an ever-growing and ever-thriving scene, which will report not only on our own nights but on the brilliant goings-on about town, and will feature guest posts from those doing joyful things with words. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you posted.