!:: WRITER’S BLOCK CELEBRATES ITS 4TH YEAR- 20TH MAY 2012::!

May 9, 2012
WE TURN 4. YAY!
As always, details below. This is a truly momentous occasion, so bring loved ones and let’s break bread.
P.s We’re now on Tumblr.
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• • • Feature Acts • • •

INUA ELLAMS
Poet, performer, playwright, graphic artist and designer. Inua Ellams started performing in cafes in 2003 and has since worked in venues which include Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tate Britain, Theatre Royal Stratford and Glastonbury Festival. He has also undertaken several commissions, including those for Tate Modern, Soho Theatre and for the BBC’s Politics Show. His first book was the best-selling poetry pamphlet, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales (2005), and in 2009 his debut play, The 14th Tale (2009), a partly autobiographical coming of age tale, won a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival, toured, and ran at the National Theatre in 2010.
His second play, Untitled (2010), toured in Autumn 2010.
Just recently, Inua brought his latest stage adaptation- Black T-Shirt Collection, to a pretty much consecutively
sold out audience.

RACHEL KERR
Having shared the same stage as US megastars Musiq Soulchild, Donell Jones, Avant, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond, it is evident that Rachel Kerr is a loaded hurricane about to strike the UK’s music industry. The last year has seen the rising R&B popstar and songwriter being accosted by the media wherever she goes, including the US number one urban TV station BET. Rachel Kerr is the sensational new talent; certified to be Britain’s own national treasure. Rachel is proof that first-class performers are not solely limited to the United States. Her music is epic, honest, infectious and she comfortably strides the tightrope-fine line between the R&B and pop genres. Bold kick drums, fat snares and soaring synths teamed with Rachel’s breathtaking effortless vocals are proving to be a recipe for success for the rising star.
FEMI MARTIN
Femi is a flash fiction writer and performer. She has told her tiny tales at many fantastic places including Literary Death Match, UpRise Festival, The Charles Dickens Museum, and The Southbank. Using humour and sensitivity along with a fearless honesty, Femi’s stories explore the gamut of the human condition. She is the Dickens 2012 Young Writer in Residence.

CHOCKZ
Born in East London, with roots firmly set in the UKG and hip hop cultures, Chockz’ s lyrical trickery comprises of clever wordplay, mesmerising metaphors and impeccable diction laid out upon the smoothest of flows. Not content with just mastering lyrics, Chockz is also a poet, producer and song writers for contemporary artists, making his “I’m more than a rapper” moto more than apt.

RAPHAEL ATTAR
Lounge lyricist. Failed poet. The bastard offspring of ODB and Tim Key. None of these things, and less, have been said about Raphael Attar. With South London roots and a newly acquired Northern twang, Raph combines deft wordplay with an eye for an absurd to talk about the things that really matter. Politics. Dinosaurs. Gary Barlow.

AZEKEL
Nigerian-born, alternative pop artist Azekel is characterised By experimental beats laced with soulful tones. With numerous achievements under his belt such as featuring on the Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape, performing on the Roundhouse Rising Festival 2012 stage and opening for a number of UK acts, the singer-songwriter producer is about ready for take off..
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P L U S:

► Short Film Screening from Yemi Bamiro

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.:: £5 before 8.30pm, £7 thereafter. Artists have individual guest lists, or pay on the door::.

• • • W E B A G E • • •
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These chicks don’t even know the name of my band…

April 8, 2010

The Remedies


The Remedies are the musicians behind the collective Music is Remedy, organisers of the highly successful Remedy and Soul Lab events in Camden and Croydon. Playing at these nights propelled the Remedies  to cover an array of genres, working with a range of artists including : Session & The Bear, Cherri V, G Frsh, Sarina Leah, Inua Ellams and Tinashe to name just a few!

Outside of the events, they back several up-and-coming performers, working as a session band for artists such as XO Man, Ed Sheeran and G.R.E.E.D.S. Gigging all over London and beyond, they’ve blessed some of the capitals most revered stages including Ronnie Scott’s, The Spitz, Sound, Jazz Cafe and The Ivy. The Remedies also write, record and produce with artists, and their first album with Funk Soul diva Kaana Ellie drops this summer.

With the core of the group having now played together for 5 years, there’s an apparent sibling like bond with this band. The Remedies’ brilliance is matched by their humbleness, openness to learn and love for what they do… bless the stage and play great music with people they respect and love. Get to know London’s best kept secret…

Catch The Remedies supporting Jesse Boykins III on 14/04/10 @ Cargo.

Get your advanced tickets now before they sell out ——>

http://bit.ly/JB3WRITERSBLOCKSHOW


WRITER’S BLOCK FEAT. JESSE BOYKNS III – 14.04.10

March 16, 2010

Writer’s Block presents: Jesse Boykins III (real name, no gimmicks).

Performing for the first time in the UK, and hailing from Brooklyn New York, Jesse (accompanied by a full live band) will have the crowd swooning with tunes from his two delicious albums;

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The Beauty Created

No one has more swoon-worthy finesse than Jesse Boykins III. With his breathy intonations, boyish hustle and collaborations with artists like Melo-X and Theophilus London; he’s making noise in a soul music scene aching for something classic and new. In an age where vocals course through vocoders and double-clicks rule the DJ booth, Boykin’s New School-bred production and arrangement skills are both novel and necessary. His second album The Beauty Created is awash in richly textured instrumentation and driven by Jesse’s lyrical adoration of a woman’s quirks.

April 14th marks Writer’s Block’s 2nd Birthday celebrations and a rare chance to witness Jesse, plus a host of talented acts from the world of music and poetry Live at Cargo, Shoreditch. After the show, it’s the after party, led by mighty Hip Hop connoisseur DJ Snips (Doctor’s Orders).

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Get your advanced tickets now before they sell out ——>

http://bit.ly/JB3WRITERSBLOCKSHOW

• • •Supa dupa Support Acts• • •

Inua Ellams of P.I.P (Poetry Inbetween People)

Impassioned. There’s no better way to describe Inua. So whether he’s spitting ticklish tales of childhood misdemeanors or offering rhyming couplets about love lost over Converse all-stars, know that he will deliver…passionately. Spoken Wordist, Writer, Graphic Designer & Nomadic journeyer. Inua is fresh off his sell out story-telling stage show ‘The 14th Tale’ performed at the National Theatre.


Deanna Roger

UK poetry slam champion, seasoned spoken word performer, poetry workshop student turned facilitator, original, delectable Deanna.
“Her poems take listeners on a journey, much of the time, they don’t realise that they are on; meaning is disguised through specific words used, semantic fields and imagery- so listen carefully. She speaks HER truth no one elses”


Kersha Bailey

Soul sensation, Kersha Bailey has developed a three octave vocal range with a soulful, colourful style. Her influences are diverse and include Coldplay, George Benson, Outkast, Foo Fighters,. Kersha’s sweet voice and notable song writing talents have taken her to performances such as the legendary London Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts, Rise Festival, The Royal Albert Hall and for MPs in Covent Garden. She had the whole audience mesmerized at her last Writer’s Block Performance, captivating!


The Illersapiens

A 7 piece hip hop collective including live instrumentalists, rapper, and vocalist. Pure infectious vibes.
Growing up in South London, the Illersapiens style has evolved from a colourful hybrid of music from Reggae to Broken beat, drawing inspiration from Hip Hop acts such as A Tribe called quest, MF Doom, Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Madlib. British artists such as Roots Manuva, Jehst, London Posse, Klashnekoff and Steel Pulse are also heavily influential.

PoetiCat

The atmospheric and candid PoetiCat band will be gracing the Writer’s Block. The sound they bring, nick-named ‘folk n word’, will in no doubt bring extra spice to the night. PoetiCat’s are famed for their honest, thought-provoking, and comic take on urban life in London.

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Get your advanced tickets now before they sell out ——>

http://bit.ly/JB3WRITERSBLOCKSHOW


:: We has moviefilms::

December 10, 2009

The highlights from out October show are ready and waiting. Do watch, it’d be rude not to::

PART I

PART II

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::**Writer’s Block October Show – 13 Oct**

October 6, 2009

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RSVP>>>> http://tinyurl.com/WBoctshow

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TUESDAY 13th Oct
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October marks Black History Month in the UK and while we believe that cultural, social and political history is highly important, this month we want to place emphasis on how the ‘up and comings’ of our today may be the pioneers and leaders of their respective field in years to come. Let’s celebrate some art shall we?

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If you haven’t sampled Writer’s Block before think: vibrant spoken word, emotive, intimate live music and saliva-conjuring short films. It’s a space to be unrestricted, to laugh, to get angry or get sexy. It’s your space, so come and own it and open up your live show experience.

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• • • Boombastic Feature Acts • • •

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_ Inua Ellams

::: http://www.myspace.com/phaze05 // http://www.facebook.com/inua.ellams

Impassioned. There’s no better way to describe Inua. So wether he’s spitting ticklish tales of childhood misdemeanors or offering rhyming couplets about love lost over Converse all-stars, know that he will deliver…passionately. Spoken Wordist, Writer, Graphic Designer & Nomadic journeyer. Inua has a play on at the moment- 14th Tale. It will grip and caress you. Check it. But first, Check him @ Writer’s Block!

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_ Sabrina Mahfouz

::: http://www.myspace.com/sabrinamahfouz

Sabrina, part of the Rhymes Won’t Wait collective, is ever such an artist. The kind that freeze frames the banality and eccentricities of everyday life and replays it, in hyperboled multi-coloured glory. She performs monologues & story-telling poems, always mastering characterisations and dense regional accents like no other. Plus, she’s hilarious!

 

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_ Enrico Delves

::: http://www.myspace.com/iamenrico

Enrico’s in a class of his own, having performed with the likes of John Legend, Sugababes, Estelle, Taio Cruz, Jay Sean, Joe, ATL, Denise Williams, Fundemental, Nathan, Terri Walker, Kele Le Roc and Shola Ama, plus won a Competition to perform at the 2008 MOBO Awards. Accolades aside, Enrico’s just a damn good singer, who’s wowed crowds across London and beyond.

 

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_Chantelle Nandi

::: http://www.myspace.com/chantellenandi

Zimbabwean born Chantelle Nandi says she’s inspired by South African musical heroes such as Miriam “Mama Africa” Makeba and Hugh Maskela. Now at the age of 20 she has captivated audiences with her individual blend of soft, soothing melodies, emotive lyrics and powerful vocal expression. No-one can deny the power and grace in Chantelle’s voice. Be sure to catch her at Writer’s Block

 

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_ Yomi ‘G.R.E.E.D.S’ Sode

::: http://twitter.com/iamgreeds

Yomi is a charmer, and more than that this Youth worker, Spoken Word aficionado and all round lovely guy, knows how to work a crowd. Recently releasing his debut album Volume In Silence, Yomi has continued to push the bracket of artisty, seamlessly fusing music to his poignant, introspective rhymes.

 

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_ Naomi Jasmine

::: http://www.myspace.com/naomijasminemusic

Writer’s Block welcomes for the first time, North London dwelling musician, Naomi Jasmine. Naomi has been performing since she was a ‘wee one’ and has over the years honed a smooth, jazz inspired style that demonstrated her eclecticism and musical know-how. Naomi gigs up and down the city with her fab’ band and has successfully released her debut EP, which we’ll be hearing cuts from on October 13th.

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► Rachel Rose Reid

 

::: http://www.myspace.com/rachelrosereid

Fresh from performing at various venues in New York, award-winning storyteller Rachel has been breaking new ground on the creative arts scene. Having blended a childhood steeped in folk music & myth with the grit that came from her urban upbringing, she has simply been described as ‘A glimpse of Magic’ by The Guardian. Get ready to captivated by her tales of mermaids, moon-gazing, and following your dreams.

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P L U S:

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_ Short Film Screening: The Portobello Film Festival entrant MY WAR IS YOURS by Yemi Bamiro

_ The mighty DJ STROLLER on the ones and twos::: http://www.myspace.com/djstroller

_ An extensive menu of Hot Food available

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.:: £5 ALL Night!::.

! Arrive early to avoid tears and aching feet !

• • • W E B A G E • • •
http://lovewritersblock.com
http://Myspace.com/lovewritersblock
http://twitter.com/lovewblock

RSVP>>>> http://tinyurl.com/WBoctshow


::Of all the boys of Plateau Private School::

August 18, 2009

We’ve unintentionally been championing visual formats recently.  This, though another video, is not just another video.

This is Inua Ellams and he’s honestly one of my favourite poets.  I have a thing for grand rhetoric and poetry reminiscent of the Romantic era of literature. He time and time again, comes good with classic form and fresh content and delivery.

Here Ellams recites a charming piece and reflects on his influences. N’joy, then head over to his website and grab a copy of Thirteen Negro Fairy tales, you won’t regret it.

 

 
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Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales – Book

December 10, 2008

Eyes tight-lipped no longer.

Check out more of Inua ‘Phaze’ Ellams here