For all you intellectuals, local entertainment enthusiasts and beer fanatics, or even all three at once, I’d like to highlight this entry in our events calender. Verses Spoken Word and Live Music Sessions is back, and will take place at Beerhouse on Long Street, Cape Town, Thursday 5 June.
Confirmed artists include talented comedian Goldie Shevlane; spoken word gurus NaMa Xam and Melisizwe Moni; and new-comer to the Verses stage, Inga Steyn. On the music front, songstress Bianca Smith, along with the featured musician Maya Elizabeth Spector, will tickle your ears.
We asked Nicole Biondi, Verses founder and Cape Town-born spoken word artist, a few questions about this interesting event.
Spoken word is something I’ve only seen in the movies. How did you get into it?
Well, I'd been writing poetry since the age of 14 and eventually some 6 years later I started sharing my work with friends. One such sharing occasion happened at a get-together at a friend's place in Bo-Kaap and the members of the group Blk Sonshine happened to be there. They asked me to perform some of my poetry as the opening to a gig of theirs on the following day and so it all began :-) Unfortunately, there weren't many platforms for spoken word artists in Cape Town and that's why I started the Verses Spoken Word and Live Music Sessions in 2004.
Are there any rules to qualify as spoken word, or a general ‘spirit’ that performers adhere to?
Nope, no rules. Spoken Word is all about expressing yourself in whatever manner you choose - fast, slow, rhyming, non-rhyming, hand-movements, head-shaking, feet stomping, quietly sitting - anything goes!
What is your favourite memory from a Verses event thus far?
ooh, that's a hard one! One of the most memorable Verses Sessions thus far was one that happened during the 1st two years and it was when 3 open mic performers, after their individual performances, decided to get back up onto stage and jam together...beat-boxer; singer and spoken word artist...pure magic!!
DATE: Thursday 5 June
VENUE: Beerhouse, 223 Long Street, Cape Town
TIME: 20h00 to 23h00
No cover charge
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