WORDS WEEKEND REVIEW: Born Lippy Showcase @ Sage Gateshead (07.12.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Tonight at Born Lippy, I fell in love with performance poet Salena Godden and her lush kimono. Her passionate, riotous performance was a masterclass in timing and delivery of provocative, soul-searching content. Performing selected poems from her collection Pessimism Is For Lightweights and experimental new work, she radiated strength and optimism in the face of adversity and crisis.

Hosted by Newcastle poetry collective Born Lippy’s Don Jenkins, in conjunction with spoken word trailblazers Apples and Snakes, this high energy event celebrated spoken word in all its forms, establishing poetry as a strong and effective voice for social comment, protest and change.

The Newcastle Born Lippy crew kicked off the night and then Newcastle’s own rising star Kema Kay took the mic. The Zambian-born rapper/singer performed his intensely personal songs with heart and soul, including material from his recent Live Theatre show, Shine. Testament from London (he so wanted us to know that!) demonstrated his record-breaking beatboxing skills with his trusty loop machine, introducing us to Harmony, the streets of London and his Black Men Walking. He expertly built each work from the bottom up, layering rhythms, sound effects and harmonies to create a rich foundation for the spoken word.

All of which set the stage perfectly for the fabulous Salena Godden: best experienced live with a glass of red and someone up on the balcony with a high octane, highly infectious laugh!

 

 

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