WORDLIFE 20 : the present the past and future of black canadian spoken word
Sunday, September 27, 2020
you weren’t able to make it to our Zoom event yesterday, “WordLife20.” We are sorry we missed you!
If you are still interested, you can access video recording here. https://youtu.be/L4tpRgaZH_w
Please feel free to pass these along to friends who may be interested.
Northern Griots Network (NGN)
TALES OF THE UNDERGROUND GRIOTS
CD REUNION CELEBRATION
The Northern Griots Network is bringing Wordlife to a new generation of Spoken Word fans, twenty years after its initial release.
Wordlife: Tales of the Underground Griots, is Canada’s first, Spoken Word compilation album, featuring Black writers from Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. The Northern Griots Network, in collaboration with Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (BAND) and Origin Arts and Community Centre, is celebrating the present, past and future of African Canadian spoken word poetry with WORDLIFE20.
A young Jemeni, Dwayne Morgan, Nth Digri and Motion can be heard dropping gems on the twenty plus track album, which captures the spoken word scene at the top of the millenium. While the focus will be on the album, and what its continued impact has been, the event will also shine a light on the next generation of Black voices. Supporters will be treated to performances and words of reflection from Dr. Naila Keleta Mae (Toronto), Manchilde (Philadelphia), Preach Ankobia (Montreal), Just Jamaal The Poet (Ottawa), Liz Clarke aka HTBSLE (Ottawa/Toronto), Mtima Solwazi (T&T), and many more.
Artists who appeared on the original album, including J-Wyze, Eddy Da Original One, JD Vishus and Ziploks will look back at that time in Canadian Spoken Word history, while the likes of Faduma Mohammed, Roen ‘Blu Riva Higgins, and Britta B will reflect on what the album means to them as next generation artists.
Wordlife is one of the most impactful projects in Canadian Spoken Word Poetry.
TAKE a LISTEN
WordLife: Tales of the Underground Griots, various artists, RevWord Records. A compilation of outstanding African Canadian spoken word poetry, dub poetry, MC lyricism, plus riddims and beats, chronicling Black Canadian experience through creative expression.
Northern Griots Network
in collaboration with
Black Artists Network Dialogue (BAND),
a Black-owned gallery and cultural centre (Toronto)
the Origin Arts and Community Centre, (Ottawa)
Local Legends (Montreal)