A poetry show held recently at The Mannenberg named Poetry and Rock wowed music fans with a brew of powerful lyricism and fresh-sounding beats.
The monthly show which fuses spoken word poetry with live music is an experimental project aimed at bringing a new dimension to poetry performance.
Spoken-word poet, Upmost, took to the stage first backed by the band Monkey Nuts and delivered a flawless act titled, Blackman, Stay Focused.
Upmost, undoubtedly one of the most gifted spoken-word poets in Zimbabwe’s fledgling hip-hop scene, entertained the audience with some mind-blowing lyrics.
His stage presence was fluid and polished as he wowed fans with his wordsmithery.
Trendsetting Zimbabwean hip-hop artist, Mizchif, proved that he still has what it takes when he did a duet with Upmost that had the entire audience jumping up and down.
The Monkey Nuts produced a punchy, fresh raw sound which helped to infuse a new life into the poetry performance. Barbara “Breezy” Anderson, founder of the Poetry and Rock project, also mesmerised the audience with her soul-stirring poetry.
“Poetry and Rock is all about creating a whole new dimension of poetry. It’s intended to put a spark to poetry and take it to a larger audience. As a result of the collaboration, poets will get to know about music. So it is trying to bridge the gap between poetry and music with the aim of encouraging collaboration between the genres,” said Anderson.
Upcoming stand-up comedian, Dr. Vikela, who hosted the show, put pizzazz to the act with his humorous antics.
Other artists who graced the event included, FlowChyld, D-Block and guest artist, Mbizo Chirasha, aka Black Poet.