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The R.A.P Party #41


The Thompson Reuters, Black History Month R.A.P Party.


Gabriel Akamo
Rakaya Esime Fetuga
JJ Akinlade
Lisette Ma Neza
Nadeem Din-Gabisi
Lola Oh
Russeni Fisher
Amaal Said
Ife Grillo
Liz Ward
Joshua Idehen
with /
Dj Lex Amor

Gabriel Akamo is a Nigerian-British poet, actor, facilitator, and creative producer based in London. He started writing seriously in his teens, becoming one of The Poetry Society's SLAMbassadors youth slam champions in 2011. Since then, he has taken his work throughout London and across the UK, worked with numerous organisations including the Rich Mix, Roundhouse and WIRED Next Generation. He has also been commissioned by institutions such as the Southbank Centre, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Royal Academy of Arts, and previous festival performances include Lovebox and Bestival. He has also worked internationally, performing at Festival Kometa in Riga, Latvia in July 2018. He is a Barbican Young Poets alumnus, member of the National Youth Theatre, and a former Roundhouse Resident Artist (2016-17) with Spit the Atom Poetry Collective.

Rakaya Fetuga is a Roundhouse Resident Artist 2019-20 and the Roundhouse Poetry Slam Winner 2018. Rakaya has performed across the UK and internationally. She has been commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies with Vanity Fair, English Touring Theatre and Kyra TV. Rakaya is a member of ::nana:: Poetry Collective.

JJ Akinlade is a Writer, Poet, Performer, Facilitator and Arts Activist, who creates in many forms.
An upbringing in South London and a taste for World travel, have inspired his love of drawing together a complex array of stories and perspectives. Whether with words, visual images or growing edible gardens, he sets out to motivate radical change in the ways in which we, as empowered, co-directing collectives can organise ourselves around regenerative principles of cooperative mutual aid.

When Lisette Ma Neza was a kid she wrote poems and sent them to a publisher without asking her parents. At the age fourteen, her parents got a phonecall from the publishers and she got her first own book published. She continued writing poems but also started to experiment with filmmaking, theatre and music. Last year she became the National Belgian Champion of Slam Poetry and the runner-up European Champion Slam Poetry and now she travels the world with her poetry. Her poems held topics that seem to be caused by an inner identity crisis. As she lives in between being a young girl and womanhood. In between cultures, as a black Rwandese girl, in a white European world. Topics as skin-colour, racism, genocide and growing up with trauma's around her. She moves the audience with issues, history, sometimes maybe love. Always solutions and always a lot of emotions.

Nadeem Din-Gabisi. Born in London, 1992. Nadeem Din-Gabisi is an artist (writer, painter, poet, musician and filmmaker). His artistic practice is centred around the re-presentation of the black image, pertaining to people of African Descent and the limitlessness of what it means to be black, other and more than that. Nadeem is an artist in residence at Somerset House Studios after winning the London Field Brewery Bursary in October 2018. He has a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and hosts a monthly radio show on NTS Radio. He is a core member of the Steam Down band and has recently joined forces with Momoko Watanabe Gill (MettaShibba) to form a duo project titled; An Alien Called Harmony. He is currently working on his own multimedia project, titled POOL in collaboration with artists Coby Sey, Kobby Adi, Clara Sinephro & Momoko Watanabe Gill.

Lola Oh is a Brit(ish) poet and writer, born to a Jamaican mother and Nigerian father. Lola often uses her work as a way of exploring identity, home, and ideas of black womanhood. Lola has been featured with Apples and Snakes, BBC1xtra, and BoxedIn, and performed with Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Festival. 

Russenï is an explosive poet with his exceptionally unique performance abilities. He has featured widely including at the Olympic Park, Southbank and as opening act for The Last Poets at the Love Box Festival 2015. After a two-year hiatus he is back and is definitely one to watch.

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer, and poet, based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New York Times. She is concerned with storytelling and how best she can connect with people to document their stories. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. In 2017, she was exhibited in Los Angeles, California. In 2018, her photography was featured in the fourth volume of African Lens and was exhibited in Accra, Ghana. She is a member of Octavia and is a former Barbican Young Poet.

Ife Grillo is a 21-year-old poet, dancer and campaigner from Hackney. His poetry explores the ugly-beauty of everyday life while making you laugh and think. He’s a Hammer&Tongue National Finalist, a Genesis Slam Champion, a Roundhouse Youth Slam Finalist and won an Individual award at the 2018 UK University Slam Championships. Ife also won the 2016 World School Debating Championships and is the former Vice-Chair of the British Youth Council.

Liz Ward is an advocate, activist and spoken word artist who takes inspiration from the stories around her. Managing a youth project in London, much of her work deals with the issues young people face every day - crime, exploitation, gangs and feeling lost in the world. Her aim is to shed light on narratives we sometimes ignore, weaving honesty, hope and humour together. Liz has performed in venues across London, including The Royal Court, The Arcola and Bunker Theatre and has recently graduated from the Write Like A Grrrl writing course. 

Joshua Idehen is a poet, teacher and musician. A British born Nigerian, his poetry has been published alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph and he has performed at festivals and respected venues across the UK and Europe. He collaborated with Mercury nominated artists The Comet Is Coming and Sons of Kemet.  The album "Last Night" with Dance Pop band Benin City was released in June by Moshi Moshi Music. He is working on his debut Collection and a one man show.

Venue: Thomson Reuters Building
Time: 5:30pm
Address: 1st Floor Auditorium
30 South Colonnade
Canary Wharf
E14 5EH

Earlier Event: September 19
The R.A.P Party #40
Later Event: October 26
The R.A.P Party #42