So there we were Tuesday night in the LDN halfway in-between Kings Cross and Angel in a small unique cosy venue lovers of good poetry, music and performance were crammed into Suya to celebrate one of the leading brands in the UK live scene Poejazzi and the launch of their new app. Over the next 16 weeks those who download the app will be treated to a new piece of poetry from a different writer each week. You will get it in written form as well as filmed visual performance of the piece from the poet. By all accounts this is a MASSIVE DEAL and as always the poejazzi team assembled a lineup worthy of the occasion. Poetry from Adam Kammerling and Laurie Bolger (“looking like a primary school art teacher” LOVED THAT LINE) had the crowd in stitches and smiles nodding in approval. Will Adlard left us with some mellow blues come folk acoustic musings whilst Oscar Laurence and his band of cool calm bad ass young guns i think can safely say blew everyone away in the crowd with their ridiculous musicianship. Admittedly a little rough around the edges but there is nothing better then seeing the brilliance of young musicians playing music they love and honing their craft. I’m sure this will be a name you will see a lot more of over the next 10 years.

A special mention has to go out to Joshua Idehen who has successfully looked over the Poejazzi for many years now. One of the finest hosts around, he always provides his audiences with a fantastic night out and the fact that the crowd was like a who’s who of the Poetry world (GREEdS, Natalie Fiawoo, Alex Gwyther, Simon Mole, Cecilia Knapp, Zia Ahmed, Sean Mahoney, Raymond Antrobus i could go on but you get the idea‚Ķ) is a testament to the service he and the brand has provided lovers of the art with. The launch of this App is now taking the art form to new places and hopefully the phone and computer screens of poetry lovers around the world.

The app will be available on Android and Apple devices next week get downloading!

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So there we were back at The Bedford. It felt good. The place has such a warmth about it, but I suppose that is more down to the atmosphere and vibes that are created when OneTaste are in the house on a Sunday. Its says a lot about an event and a team when the organisers greet you with the kind of embrace filled with love that you’d expect from your mum. But I guess that’s all part of the magic that keeps people coming back and makes One Taste so special.
That and the immense talent that fills their line ups and last night was no exception. It was Obvious that a huge portion of the crowd were there to see Tawiah. And rightly so despite some slight technical hitches her performance and energy was out of this world. Her vocals are on another level to a lot of the females out there and as much as everyone enjoyed the new songs the highlight was when she dropped “Every Step” (forgot how sick that tune was) from her first EP I think everyone loved hearing that again. Really hope the powers that be give her music the platform its crying out for.
The support cast were just as brilliant. Bear armed with his guitar and mellow vocals delivered an effortlessly cool calm and quality performance. Sabrinia Mahfouz had the places in stitches with her accents, charisma and love of gravy (every time I see a gravy boat I’ll be inclined to pick it up and drink it down). Extremely proud watching G.R.E.E.d.S making his debut on the One Taste stage. He has come a mighty long way and is now a master of his words and performance (despite dropping the mic) and its fantastic that his stories are reaching new audiences.
All in all a brilliant inspiring night if you’ve never been to a One Taste show you don’t know what you’re missing. Big luv to Stac Debbie Dani and the rest of the One Taste Crew!

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