Underworld Konnect Presents
WORD ON THE STREET
A NIGHT OF CHILL HOP & SPOKEN WORD POETRY
WEDNESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2016
Pioneering poet ZENA EDWARDS
Raised in Tottenham, North London, Zena Edwards has become known as one the most unique voices of performance poetry to come out of London. She is also iw for her polemic voice, speaking on panels for climate change and creative campaigning for equality and equitable rights.
Zena has been involved in performance for 20 years – as a writer/poet performer, facilitator, creative project developer and vocalist after graduating from Middlesex University. She recently studied at The London International School for Performing Arts.
As a poet, Zena has travelled extensively round the UK, the US, Africa and Europe collaborating with artists such as Nigerian choreographer Qudus Onikeku and award-winning visual artists, Theaster Gates and toured supporting living legend Hugh Masekela, the Last Poets and Babaa Maal. She has shared the stage and anthologies with some of her most admired predecessors Linton Kwesi Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, Lemn Sissay, Jean Binta Breeze and Roger McGough.
As a live performance director, Zena was the first woman director at Redbridge Arts collaborating with rising star choreographer Botis Seva, and devised and directed “Climate of Fear” for award winning Manchester Contact’s Young Creatives for the Flying Solo Festival 2016.
Zena is an avid project maker. Click here to see more info on her participarory work exploring art as space dialogue, creating new knowlede around the themes of intergenerationality, womanhood, young adulthood and being and artist in London in the 21st century.
Jonzi D is the Artistic Director of Breakin' Convention and Jonzi D Projects. He has been actively involved in British hip hop culture, rapping and b-boying since its genesis in the early 80s.
Since graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, Jonzi has been committed to the development of Hip Hop theatre, creating Lyrikal Fearta in 1995, and Aeroplane Man in 1999. He was an Associate Artist at The Place and has performed and created dance theatre pieces all over Europe, North America, Russia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Uganda and Southern Africa. Recent works include TAG... Just Writing My Name, and Markus The Sadist, featuring Bashy.
As an emcee Jonzi has worked with The Roots, Steve Williamson, MC Mell'o', Wordsworth, Hymphatic Thabs, and toured Europe with Jeru The Damaja and Gangstarr in the early 90s.
Jonzi has recently written and toured The Letter, a piece about the responses to receiving a nomination for an MBE in 2011, and Broken Lineage in collaboration with Ivan Blackstock.
DJ SHORTY (ITCH FM)
Will be spinning your favourite CHILL HOP joints from Erykah Badu & Roots "You Got Me" to Mos Def "Miss Fat Booty" Odissee's "Own Appeal" A nice mid week vibsing and catch up with your peoples. Good date night too ;)
OPEN MIC Hosted by KINGPIN & SHAY D
Arrive early to sign up and share your poems, lyrics, words, stories and whatever else you feel to express. This is a open platform for all.
At the gorgeous brand new live music venue with cafe upstairs:
Stereo92, 92 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 7NY
Nearest stations: Stoke Newington, Dalston Kingsland, Rectory Road
Bus: 149, 243, 67, 76, 393
6-7pm Hip Hop Education Book Club #HipHopEd a casual discussion about hip hop education texts by artists, educators and teachers or anyone interested in engaging in dialogue about social/ hip hop content and issues.
Doors for event:7pm-11pm
£5 EARLY BIRD, £8 STANDARD, £10 OTD
Food is served in the cafe until 10pm so come and have your dinner or snacks with us!