Tag Archives: Poetry

‘Photosentences’ – Mutombo da Poet

mutombo da poetPercy Osei Appiah alias Mutombo Da Poet protests, jokes, sings, draws pictures with his words, talks about politics, love, Accra, trotros and ensures us that things will ‘Get Better‘. The young poet is a popular artist in the Ghanaian spoken word scene, who has began to do international shows. In 2012, he released his debut LP ‘Photosentences‘, packed with inspiring pieces of spoken word/ poetry.

In the angry ‘Parade‘, an open letter to all Ghanaians, he airs his frustration about Ghanaians’ politicians and shows his sympathies for the anti-governmental Occupy Flagstaff House movement. It is nice to see that the young poet adds melody to his spoken word:  In his sweet and melodious piece about love – called Love.The Most Confusing Thing I Had To Explain. Never Doing It Again… Chale‘ – he proofs his singing qualities and also the piece ‘SociallyYou‘ is embedded in jazzy Hip Hop beats. In ‘Ten Regions‘ he takes us through a audio-tour through Ghana and his hopeful ‘Get Better‘ reminds us to see the positive things in life.

Listen below to some selected tracks from his soundcloud and his LP ‘Photosentences‘ via bandcamp, where you can get the album for a sum of your choice.

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African Shakespeares

Poetry is an universal means of expression and has many forms and faces. Hip Hop artist Rabbit uses it in his new piece ‘Swahili Shakespeare’. Here the Kenyan Shakespeare raps in Sheng (the melange of Swahili and English) and takes us to the top of Nairobi. Hint: At 2:40min, you can see graffiti art by Boniface Mwangi (and colleagues) that gained worldwide popularity because of its social messages and open criticism of Kenyan ‘vulture’ politicians.

The second video is a beautiful piece of poetry by Senegalese artist Keyti that deals with the daily hustle of Senegalese youths. Here, he drops powerful lines, like “What dignifies a man if not the ability to be independent“. It was produced by Nomadic Wax, a US social enterprise that aims to create cross-cultural exchange and to increase awareness of global issues.

Rabbit  *-*  “Swahili Shakespeare

Keyti  *-*  “Poetry in the Street (Dakar/ Senegal)

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