Ehalakasa Poetry Slam
If you are a poetry enthusiast and you were not at Nebuke Foundation, East Legon on Sunday 30th March, 2014 then I feel sorry for you. All I can say is do not miss the next one.
As a spoken word artist I must say that I underestimated the atmosphere I competed in. In my history of performance in Ghana I have never seen a display of poetical performance like I saw that night. Seldom have I come to Ehalakasa and witnessed poetry control attention the way it did at the Slam. Hats off to Sir black, Kwame Write and IUB for putting it together.
I came to the Slam expecting to win. I believe all who participated did the same. In the end I came out 4th but felt great because I represented. The judging on the day was somewaybi! Lol but that is expected in a Slam. Nevertheless performances by all made the audience at large understand the spectrum of poetry Ghana has to offer.
Paul D as a guest artist was just phenomenal. I mean every piece performed by him was exceptional, funny, fast and yet so cool you could see members of the audience eye lids expand and collapse into laughter and sometimes just leaving their mouths wide open like the girl in the Vodafone ad where Funny Face says “close your mouth!”
Chief Moomen dazzled the crowd in his usual African debonair attitude and flair. I applaud him for gaining a perfect score in his final piece. But really it was all because of ……… ( Joey B is to blame for this). Literally his last sentence in his final piece swayed the scores in his favor. I think that was genius and embraces the competitive spirit that is needed in Slams. Chief for those who do not know was the winner of the Slam that night and won 20,000 pesewas. ( no exclamation mark needed there)
Dk. Osei was the runner up and performed like the seasoned pro he is. Rhythmic, with a voice that need not beg for your attention, the artist performed pieces that tackled our everyday thinking and perceptions as well as his referencing to his trademark “Gari Fotor”.
Andy aka “Attention Gbe” lol did more than wow the audience. For him in particular no microphone was needed. His signature style of starting his pieces with emotional screams grabs your attention and throws you into laughter. For you do not expect that punch of poetry to be coming from an artist which such frame. His pieces which some of you may know are always theatrically performed with such uniqueness that I doubt we shall ever see his twin. Andy came in third.
I could go on and on about the night and performances. My goal here is to inform the public at large that our poetry is ripe. The next Slam takes place on Sunday 25th May, 2014 at Nebuke Foundation, East Legon. Make it a point to be there. I will post up the pieces I performed that day and allow you to be the judge. I plan on winning the next Slam though.