Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dear Family - Liz Dubelman

Long drawn out suicidal cry for attention goes freakishly wrong.
Brilliant animation by Adrienne Martin

Thursday, December 15, 2011

True Lies - Talaam Acey

US poet Talaam Acey and animator Haik Hoisington collaborate to bring this simple but very effect performance and animation piece on the greatest global deceptions of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NOT GOOD - Liz Dubelman

A charismatic first person poem about aging and Alzeimers.
Poem by Liz Dubelman
Animation Adrienne Martine


Monday, December 12, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Training Wheels of Love - Mimi Pond

Funny account of how not to fall in love
Comic strip animation Taryn Johnson

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More Marc Barmuti Joseph

Speaking and moving intimately about his Grandfather death/life and his first born child. Beautiful journey exploring Manhood.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

KaseO Jazz Magnetism - Boogaloo

Thanks to David Perez from the Tired of Hip Hop Being Blamed for So Much Negativity (THHBB) Facebook Group for sharing this.
Nice vid. Hearing the musical sonics of other language makes so much possible.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sound of Rum - Cannibal kids

How we Love a bit of Kate Tempest

Friday, October 21, 2011

THE LEEDS YOUNG AUTHORS: Featuring Tila and Tavelah

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

An brilliant piece of dance and spoken word piece in honour of a music and culture that inspired him.

'Love My London' by

August was a tough month for  London.
Some of our finest London based Poets take you on a visual and musical tour
of the city you can love to hate or hate to love but bottom line, 'Love' exists in the sentence...

'Love My London' ft Soneni, The Soul ft. Leroy Rose,

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Notes from an Exorcism: An Ishi Meditation

Although the poet is mystery at the moment (gotta do more research - Tekhen?) you can still check out Imani Uzuri that inspired him to write this

: ) Oness Sankara

Love the fun vibe of this. And for those FB Twitter fiends, this onez for you!! : )

Skin - Kwame Dawes From 'Wisteria'

Wisteria: Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country, was a finalist for the 2007 Paterson Prize.  These poems are written in the voice of elderly African American women from South Carolina who Dawes interviewed in 1995.

 The poems explore the world of Jim Crow South and show the power and resilience in these women who survived in that world and found a capacity to thrive. These are difficult poems, challenging poems and poems that ultimately show Dawes at his most lyrical.  

Wisteria was recently noted in the New York Times as a best selling collection among poetry books published by independent presses. 

This recording of Skin was made Live at the Purcell Room, International Poetry Week 2006.

RIP Fran Landesman, 21st October 1927 - 23rd July 2011

Such a feisty, progressive Woman with inspiring fire in her belly and an incredible poet, whose poetry was sung by the best


"Scars" - one of her most famous. Performed Jan '11.


"Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most"
Written by Fran Landesman

Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most"

Once I was a sentimental thing;
threw my heart away each spring.
Now a spring romance
hasn't got a chance.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Boonaa Mohammed Signs

Just have to appreciate the musicality in the delivery of Boonaa's voice.

The Dead - Billy Collins Animated Poetry

Monday, October 17, 2011

Linton Kwesi Johnson-All Wi Doin Is Defendin'

Again I had to call upon the might LKJ to make a perfrct example of music and poetry for change. The Images in this adds more weight to bass riddim making the message all the more potent.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oscar Brown Jnr - Bid Em In

Black History Month Begins today in the UK.

Oscar Brown Jnr's
brilliant and haunting redition of day at the auction block...

Lest we forget the Maafa - the African Holocaust. RIP all those lost in it.



Wiki Of Oscar Brown Jnr

Monday, September 12, 2011

Prayers - Roger Robinson

From Trinidad to UK Poet Roger Robinson teams up with Ghana to UK beatmaker Charlie Dark to write a peace for the youth. Vibes.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Common Rumour - Marcina Arnold




Vocalist, songwriter, performer and all round Supa-Talent Marcina Arnold recounts a personal story of her mixed heritage, Scottish and South African Cape Malay, but growing up a Londoner. This poem to music is so rich with muti-layered beauty and  gritty storytelling, something a London experience would inevitably give birth to.
Click play to hear "Common Rumour".

Common Rumour

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Leano- Smile

Such feel good factor

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sh'maya @ Ronnie Scotts June '11

Don't be put off the by the quality of this vid. Sh'maya is a beautifully lyrical and musical poet. And with musicians Simon Wallace on Piano, Winston Clifford on Drums and Davide Mantovani on Bass, his work paints so many pictures....



He takes it a step further.
Pheonix Solo - breath, rhythm, word, fire...




Pheonix Lyrics

From the ink of the strain
From the pain of the prayer
From the pain of the Word

The Word will rise
From the breath of the page
To the rains of the city
To the rains of the gasp

Friday, August 12, 2011

Linton Kwesi Johnson - It noh Funny

Posted in response to those youths who were out on the streets in August. The ones who were not quite sure what they we out there for and the impact they were having on the nation.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

The story of a son observing his fathers routine and the mystery of it.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Musika Parts 1 & 2 - Truba

A fusion of folk, soul, jazz and spoken word.
An experimental interpretation of the poetry in music and music in poetry.

Poetry and Vocals - Zena Edwards
Percussion and traditional flute Moss Velez
Percussion - Randolph Mattews
Double Bass - Henrik Jensen


MUSIKA I by Zena Edwards


MUSIKA II by Zena Edwards

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

There U R-Restoring Poetry In Music

Feel good factor...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nina Simone - four women for women

Always one to be revisted. Storytelling for the woman of African descent's restless soul. Enjoy Nina at her most regal.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

COUNTRY BOY by HKB FiNN ft Maxwell Golden, Zena Edwards, Soweto Kinch

HKB FiNN performs as part of the Conversations Project @ The Albany
An etheric, soulful autobiographically themed live performance workshopped in one day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

benji reid

dramatic poetic dealing with the polemic of race identity and mental health

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gil Scott Heron on Hard Talk

Godfather of Hiphop Gil-Scott Heron Interviewed

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RIP GIL SCOTT HERON

"Hard Talk" cos it tests the tenacity of the person being interviewed. Plus it challenges their integrity, putting them on the spot and putting questions to them that I'd want ask, although this lady struggles with Gil cos he's a strong force to reckon with.

Gil Scott-Heron has been a huge influence in my life. He's the spokesperson for the spirit in me that finds it hard to express my frustration sometimes. Poet or no poet that i be. Ok so he's had his fair share of BS in his life and most probably dished out some but the point is when someone has a sense of articulation when it comes to lyrical word play and social documentary that is precise, eloquent and pulls no punches, then for a moment, you got to listen.
Respect where respect is due.

Monday, May 23, 2011

My I.Q. - Ani DiFranco




"My I.Q."

when I was four years old
they tried to test my I.Q.
they showed me a picture
of 3 oranges and a pear
they said,
which one is different?
it does not belong
they taught me different is wrong
but when I was 13 years old
I woke up one morning

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Scarecrow

DIY all the way. *thumbs up*

Friday, May 6, 2011

Paulo Coehlo's Adelph

This is a small cheat to wha Conversations TV normally does...
Paulo Coehlo is renowed for his poetic writing. Here he selects Music and images to advertise his new novel Aleph

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ty - Don't Cry

Hip Hop generates some vivid and dramatic imagery for storytelling and Ty's charaterizations make a quirky comedic point...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Life is Rhythm

This is one of the most special videos out there that is th eprfect example of how language is music.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Doña Josefina Counsels Doña Concepción Before Entering Sears

Poem by Maurice Kilwein Guevara.
Funny take on racial stereotypes.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Visual Music and Poetry Overview

The Virtual Art Academy produce this very thorough in break down of the act of painting and the finished result. He makes direct use of Musical and poetic how fine balance between the three.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jean Binta Breeze - I knoh Mi Duck

Jean Binta Breeze, the dub poetess does something amazing. She bring dub poetry and the lilt of the North of England together in the reading of this poem. It is so musical in its empathy.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Phantom

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Language - Robert Creely

Happy Valentines day.

Animation Chad Edwards.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A brief History

This film resonates so strongly for me because of my background of touring with Pops Mohamed who gave me my first Mbira. I now have 10. My Kalimba is the one I usually take out with me and Healing Pool is the poem that built the bridge across poetry and music when I perform.

Monday, January 17, 2011

When Night Falls by HKB FiNN



A video is about a character who lives with 2 spirits. He is not alone...
From the album "Natural Eloquence".

More FiNN!
http://www.hkbfinn.com/
Vimeo page

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Idris Davies - "What is Poetry?"

Weird but interesting... and the youtube uploader has a ton of them.