By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha
The monthly show which fuses spoken word poetry with a live band 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 sprayed the audience with some mind-blowing lyrics. His stage presence was at once 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 all helped to infuse a new life into the poetry. Barbara “Breezy” Anderson, founder of the Poetry and Rock project also mesmerized 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 its trying to bridge the gap between poetry and music with the aim of encouraging collaboration between the genres,” said Anderson.
Other artists who graced the event included, FlowChyld, D-Block and guest artist, Mbizo Chirasha, aka, Black Poet.
Upcoming stand-up comedian, Dr. Vikela, who hosted the show, put pizzazz to the act with his humorous antics.