Quality nights that marry ‘urban’ music (that’s RnB, Soul and Rap to anyone born before 2000) and spoken word convincingly are rarer than suggestive winks at a party for blind people. Writer’s Block has stood as one of the brighter exceptions to the dross; it’s like they have a secret stash of quality soul acts who don’t charge an arm/leg and you (I)’ve most likely not seen before. Seriously, I go there to
poach acts without shame witness some truly amazing fresh talent. Seriously, they do short films in the break and everything.
On the 20th Poejazzi’s own Inua Ellams features on a killer line up that includes Dicken’s Young Writer in Residence Femi Martin, UK Soul Queen-in-Waiting Rachel Kerr and Paper Tiger Frontman Raphael Attar amongst others. Inua on his own costs £20 (The National Theatre). Inua here (with accompanying music acts and viiiiibes) costs £5/7. I say this night is a bargain. Trust me: I’m Nigerian.