BLACK HISTORY MONTH
by Peterborough R.E.C.
27th, 2005, The Cresset, Bretton
by Cardinal Cox
Dope on Pnuk part 1
As part of Black History Month
Peterborough's Racial Equality Council organises a networking
session with entertainment to allow various organisations to
informally get together. Last year, I and some others read at
this event. This year, the standard was upped considerably with
an international selection of professionals.
First up was American actor Byrd
Wilkins. His readings included poems by Langston Hughes (going to
have to find out more about him) and a monologue from a play by
August Wilson. To accompany him on the poems he twisted the arm
of Ishmael Pamphille (about whom more later) who revealed a
talent for improvisation.
Next was Amie Buhari and she has
done a variety of stage, TV and film work. She had written a
piece inspired by and evolved from Nina Simone's 'Four Women'. I
would have liked to have heard more from Ms. Buhari.
Third was Kat Françoise and it
was her who had made me want to come to the evening. With a fine
reputation on the London scene, she won BBC3 television's first
Poetry Slam in 2004, and then the World Slam Championship in this
summer in Rotterdam. It is rare we get someone this good in
Peterborough and she made me want to retire from poetry.
Rhythmically, rhymingly, passionately, she wiped the floor with
everyone I've seen for a long time. Retire? No, I'm just going to
have to try and raise my own game.
After the interval (which included
a free buffet), Ishmael came back to accomapny Neelofer Mir.
Ishmael is evidently one of those talented musicians who can turn
his hand to almost anything. His work has been featured in the
films 'The Wild Thornberrys' and 'Duma'. Neelofer Mir, AKA
Wildflower, of Persian descent, her work bridges the poetry/lyrics
fields creating an introspective yet illuminating cross.
I hope you can gather that I
enjoyed this evening, and I'd be more than happy to see any of
the individual performers again.
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