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To celebrate World Poetry Day this year, the Jazz Cafe have drawn together an international line up of some of the world’s most thought provoking and forward thinking lyricists.
Malcolm London, called “the Gil Scott-Heron of this generation” by American philosopher Dr Cornel West, is an internationally recognized poet, activist, educator and musician from Chicago. He brings vim and vigor to his energetic performances tackling tough contemporary issues head on, and has worked with Chance The Rapper on his documentary Some Call It A Conspiracy, and Donnie Trumpet, Vic Mensa and How to Dress Well on his last album OPIA.
Joining him on the bill are LA alt rapper Busdriver, spoken word trio Benin City led by poet Joshua Idehen and London wordsmith Con Sensus.
Old Skool inspired Hip-Hop group.
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Named after a Nigerian state capital, Benin City is Theo Buckingham on drums, Tom Leaper on tenor sax, and Joshua Idehen on rhymes. Joshua met Theo Buckingham at a squat party. They struck up a loud friendship and decided to make more organised noises together. They drafted in Tom to arrange their babble into music. Voila! As a band, they've been played and championed by Jon Kennedy, Jon Hillcock, Scroobius Pip and Eddy Temple Morris (XFM) Edith Bowman and Tom Robinson (BBC6). They have gained accolades and fans for their energetic live performances, having supported Soweto Kinch, VV Brown, Moko and Youngblood Brass band.
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Malcolm London, Con Sensus
The Jazz Cafe
- 5 Parkway
- Camden Town
- NW1 7PG