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Choreopoet, Performer - of song, music,poetry playwright,director, composer,multi-media artist, journalist, blogger, creative visionary arts, cultural activist, sojourner, urban griot,chamelon dreamer

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Thursday, 18 August 2016

A Great Year Continues & Forthcoming Launch in September 2016 !!!! Brand New Promotional Video & Poetry Chapbook


Watch this space, as I will be launching a  new poetry music video, also print poetry chapbook in September 2016 at the Phoenix Digital Media Centre Leicester !!  This marks the beginning of a whole exciting chapter, on the back of fantastic year so far, that has seen also my new play VEX with themes of corruption in NGO's, Cultural Appropriation and Ethnic Cleaning, performed at Brighton Theatre, to a packed and thrilled audience as part of a production  of 12 Angry Women Writers in April 2016.

Earlier, this year as well as embarking on the second part of of the 2 Funky Project Live as Music Director. Whereby I was mentoring and preparing young talented Urban music artists for a career, in the Music Industry. In particular arranging their original songs and music for performance with a live band of professional sessional musicians, for an important Music Industry Showcase.  Part One of 2 Funky Arts Project Live  having successfully taken place in 2015. Thereby bringing music very much to the forefront of my work once again - a welcome return!. This is evidenced by me performing regularly across the country, as a guest singer  with the very popular  6 piece Funk Soul Collective Band . I have also been writing new songs for personal acoustic music project, audio recording and live performances for next year.

Finally, buzzing having recently been commissioned by the Artistic Director Amanda Leandro of  Cosmopolitan Festival, to write a new song to perform live at the Cosmopolitan Festival with a music ensemble, that includes Harp. Horns and World Percussion.  I would describe the new piece, as a song for people in troubling times, after the negative fall out of the Brexit Vote in the UK

  






Thursday, 4 February 2016

A New Era - 2016 Going All Out New Choreopoem Published, An Award, Plays New Poetry & Appointments

So its been awhile... since last posting,so much good stuff has happened despite the fact they have been more Government cuts and redundancies etc in the arts creative sector  - but the arts goes on... I am so delighted this blog space has been of assistance and inspiration to others on their own journey in making their art. Since the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the great success of The Loneliness Of The Long Diva choreopoem has galvanized my arts creative career in so many positive ways.

I have written another monologue choreopoem, the second of the trilogy, it is titled Love the Life You Live... Live the Life You Love, set in Leicester in the 80's, with a hedonistic and promiscuous dual heritage gay male character Maz.  Maz has a life changing encounter with another character he meets Sidney, on a night out.  This choreopoem has been published, in  a poetry and prose anthology Hidden Stories  Affective Digital Histories, Leicester University, and it  is also abridged and featured on a phone app. I also received the Siobhan Logan Award for Listeners, for the work from the esteemed Leicester Writers Club. 

 http://affectivedigitalhistories.org.uk/news/2015/03/hidden-stories-book-published-31-march

Life has greatly changed for me, my profile status is considerably enhanced, as an innovative artist, a cultural leader.  . Appointments have followed as Music Director in Talent Development  for 2 Funky Arts, as Vocal Coach and Tutor at Sheehans Music Academy. Along with completing Film School at Phoenix digital Media Centre - Acting Directing Filmmaking. I have completed a writing a new play VEX, set on a war ravaged Caribbean Island, highlighting one woman's actions for justice, for an oppressed tribe, as part of the 12 Angry Women Project, commissioned by Inroads Productions for March 2016 Brighton Dome Theatre. Also a screen play What Trees Know, a dark narrative, of one women's obsession and extreme violence, is in progress, along with a debut poetry in preparation. 
2016 beckons with the begining of even more exciting and challenging arts media projects.





Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Another Great literary Evening - Cultural Exchanges 2014 and Good News On the Way…?



In keeping my creative artistic juices fresh as it were, on Monday, I had an incredible literary time of it . I attended De Montfort University, Cultural Exchanges Event part of the Festival. I look forward to this Festival with great anticipation, for its host of fabulous arts cultural speakers and topics, with the amazing Rapper/Poet, Song Writer  Journalist  - Akala. He did not disappoint, he started with a brief trip around Black History before Slavery .  Before then segueing into African Diasporic  historical Oral and Musical traditions of the Griots of West Africa, to the 'New World'.  In addition, to then testing the audience, to guess comparatively, lyrics from contemporary Rap/Hip Hop and Shakespeare - without indicating firstly which was which . The audience of students, writers, poets, lecturers, etc. was  about 50/50, in ascribing correctly the lyrical phrases, to either Rap or Shakespeare.  Akala brought alive, reclaimed and democratized Shakespeare, in an interesting and dynamic way. This he more than ably demonstrated, in his superlative performances at breakneck speed, by a number of his  own raps/poetry that utilises titles and quotes from Shakespeare, inviting the audience to number how many in fact there used.  

Later on Monday evening, I attended Word Factory at the Case Restaurant Loft, Leicester for the first time, to see Diriye Osman and others read  their  short stories, from their published collections. There was a  lovely warm welcome from Lindsay and it was well attended. I was ravenous from doing back to back events and sought refreshments from the menu, conveniently set on my table. There was a wide range of  stories read, from poignant, humorous, sensual and quirky. Followed by an informative  Q & A  with all the Writers and a discussion about short story writing, i.e. the different genres e.g flash fictions, prose poems and novella's etc . After a chat with \jacob Ross I realized I write epic poems, prose poems alongside other shorter poems for page & stage and plays.  I connected with the gorgeous  and fierce Diriye Osman and we soon realized, we had many literary and arts contacts in common, in London where he is based. I bought two copies of his delightful book Fairytales for Lost Children (Angelica Press).  As I will give one of Diriye's books, as a gift to a close friend. I knew would also enjoy these lovely tales

So for the last couple of weeks been, I have been thinking about my own writing, that I hope to be working over the coming weeks .  I have the beginnings of  a story I definitely, want to write  that I believe will be the start of another fascinating journey… another choreopoem !  A very different one, with new challenges to face in the writing of it. Watch this space for good news- thats in the post so to speak, more details coming soon...

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Finding The Right Words Poetry Night & So In with the NEW Choreopoem Project !!

So this New Year has started with a flurry of activity and thoughts about the coming year. With me, there is definitely a new attitude, thats so much more positive. S in with the new, take things more in my stride, go with the flow and appreciate more and shine my light !!! Sorting out my wardrobe, getting a juicer, spending more time with family/ loved ones, has been marvellous. I have now written the synopsis for my next choreopoem project and I am very excited about this story, as its so different in subject and the characters !!!!

I have been through a succession of health issues starting with painful cracked tooth, that had to be removed,  a virulent stomach bug, and finally a bad chest with a very annoying cough ! Yet  I have come through  feeling  upbeat overall. 

I am looking forward tonight , as I am  performing at a new Poetry Performance night  titled Find the Right Words, at the Cookie Jar Leicester, hosted by the very talented  poet Jess Green.  Jess has written and performed a stunning poem about  the city of Leicester. It came to my attention, during the Leicester City of Culture process (the bid  was unsuccessful but it  has galvanised the artists of the city to celebrate their talent far more and promote it more for themselves  ! ) 

Monday, 23 December 2013

Choreopoetry Marches On...& New Roots


So as this year comes to a close, the New Year beckons with the promise of new opportunities in particular choreopoetry !  In 2014  there are  a number, of  not inconsiderable tasks to address, e.g.new writing projects, finding a fundraiser/ fundraising & booker, for touring arts venues  for the The Loneliness of the the Long Distance Diva - A Choreopoem, publishing of the text for this piece, and other poetry selections. As well as to writing a new choreopoem to feature several several characters this time.

This new choreopoem will focus on a specific geographical  area and its key buildings in Leicester and span a number of decades. It is likely this choreopoem when completed would be performed and filmed in an artistic way. With a view  to this choreopoem initially  being exhibited in onscreen.

I am meeting more and more artists of all ages , interested in collaborations, cross arts and digital multimedia. This is very exciting and the ground seems fertile  for more of this to happen. I have  welcomed the opportunity be a creative consultant for Poet Choreopgrapher/Dancer  Funmi Adeowole for new her choreopoem piece,  Alongside my  ability to be able to lead choreopoem workshops for others, helps to promote this art form. In addition I was in 2013, able to debut to an audience, a new brief choreopoem solo piece working with new collaborator, Jazz Saxophonist/Composer  Marcus Joseph  for Bobba Cass's poetry successful Spoken Word Event  Autumn at Embrace Arts . I enjoyed using English Plainsong, as part of  the delivery of the text and inspiration for the music, of this piece and devising my own choreography/ staging. 

This new Autumn poem, with its use of  English Plainsong  touched a deep root, a new vein to explore further, in terns of  overlooked areas of my own personal identity.  I reckon this holds a key to new forms of expression. My interest in the songs of ordinary folk, their work songs, laments and other folk song narratives, have always been of great interest, as indeed are sea shanties. 






Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Setting a New Course & The Company of Fellow Travellers


A year on, the Cultural Olympiad 2012 has been deemed to be a great success an excellent moment in British arts cultural history.  I am grateful for the numerous accolades; I now receive for my artistic creative work alongside my enhanced personal profile.  Therefore I am assured as a Cultural Leader- a Cultural Olympian and Choreopoet if you will.  I am often approached for my advice, views and opinions regarding arts and culture, by artists near and far.  I am also very keen to continue to build on the legacy of this marvellous programme the Cultural Olympiad 2012 and our very own contribution to it.   There have been a number of exciting developments, with regard to arts and culture in my own city.  Given its been such a long time since I have written on this blog, but everything in its time...  After climbing the mountain so to speak, of producing our hugely successful theatre show production. A period of reflection, consolidation, assimilation of experience and insights etc is required, before setting a new course and direction.  We are at a momentous point, to launch the next phase, of this illustrious project, in alignment with the original ambition for the music component. 

To date we have had difficulty, securing the resources needed to manifest the musical aspect of the original vision.  Whereas now we have secured fellow travellers, i.e. prestigious high profile partners, collaborators, champions and patrons, for this component of the project, poised ready to move forward. To help to begin to generate the resources required, to create a truly glittering spectacle, a true example of stunning excellence. A great work to combine the myriad artistic and creative talents, of a great number of culturally diverse people, into one great effort!  This music component will be much larger and grander in scale than the previous theatre project. Yet despite its huge ambition, the work is led this time by music.  Success we feel is more assured, as music has such a unifying power with people, with the potential prospect of a beautiful accessible venue.  So as we are at the threshold of this part of the journey, we do feel more confident this time round - so watch this space as more is revealed...

Other fellow travellers, in terms of increasing awareness of my artistic work include those I have been able to work with, in my choreopoem workshops at the massively successful SPRING event at Embrace Arts last Spring. In addition I am looking forward to leading further Choreopoem Workshops this Autumn, at the FALL Event at Embrace Arts.  Both these events are curated by the brilliant and energetic Bobba Cass aka Dr Robert Bennett. His interest in excellence in the arts include, cultural diversity, in translation (world languages & cross arts), accessibility and disability arts, informs these highly popular programme of events.  By my sharing and leading work around making choreopoems with other poets, spoken word artists, this therefore continues the legacy of our project.