As the festival season comes to an end the Chill Pill Colective are slowly but surly remerging from the fields, tents, stages and microphones that have dominated their summers. Raymond Antrobus steps up to deliver the first Chill Pill Shorts video where he speaks of his experiences as a Jamaican British. In my own way I can relate a little (Half Jamaican half Guyanese full British though) which immediately makes me concentrate that little bit more as I watch and soak up his words and experiences to the fullest. The visuals are also strong and simple looking extremely slick and professional. This is a great insight into his mind on a topic that touches many.
On election day Raymond Antrobus drops this visual a short poem based on I imagine his Father’s first experiences on arrival in this country many moons ago. Yes Immigration is a massive issue but whats often lost is how much it has given to this country. Thank you Raymond.
Chill Pill is back at the Soho Theatre for one of the best nights on the poetry circuit. As well as the Chill Pill collective Simon Mole, Adam Kammerling, Deanna Rodger, Raymond Antrobus and Mr Gee there will also be features from Rafeef Ziadah and Rob Auton. Expect nothing other then quality!
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE London
£5.00 In Advance here
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…) 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!
3 members of the Chill Pill collective Raymond Antrobus, Adam Kammerling and Deanna Rodger were invited to take to the stage at the Ted X talk earlier this year. They used the poets to deliver poems on Preconception to the crowd. All three delivered 3 of their classic most loved poems to have the crowd entertained and educated. Brilliant as always! Spoken word continues to rise.
The next Chill Pill event is a pretty awesome one click here for more details.
A couple of weeks ago the ridiculously gifted Deanna Rodger launched a new weekly poetry event @ The Scream Bar in Bethnal Green. Poet, blogger and now promo maker Zanya Daze went down with her camera to film and give you a little taste of what to expect . With performances from Mr Gee, Raymond Antrobus and Deanna Rodger the standards are very high and there is much more in there too. So if spoken word is your thing get down to Bethnal Green every Tuesday Night for a free dose of genius.
Again props to Zanya Daze for the promo!