August was a hectic month for the Mixtape Madness team but as much as we love mixtapes, we also love quality live music as well so Vocals and Verses was right up our street. The decision to go was sealed when saw what went down in June @ Vocals and Verses:
Vocals and Verses is an event that showcases some of the best music and poetry from some of the best up and coming artists around. Concrete in Shoreditch was the venue for this month’s showcase, featuring the talents of Jodie-Lee, Ink, Nia Barge, Leanne Robinson, YJ, LionHeart and JP Cooper. Hosted by popular presenter Kae Kurd, it was billed as a Summer Soul Special and it was, just that.
Nia Barge was one highlight of the night. The American spoken word poet offers a female perspective on family, love and relationships.
Another high point of the show was when poet LionHeart took to the stage: Wearing a slick suit this young poet’s work is as smart as his dress sense. He delivered a very confident and passionate performance, using clever word play to articulate complex perspectives on life. The crowd were gripped throughout his performance.
JP Cooper was the headline act of the night. This shy-seeming unassuming singer ascended the stage guitar in hand and began playing a beautiful acoustic set. His voice is soft and soulful but it really resonates. Cooper’s songs tell a story and on stage he is a comfortable performer, poised, relaxed and humble. He delivered a stunning set to the crowd who listened attentively to every word and every note.
The vibe at Vocals and Verses is always fantastic; the audience are very responsive this is, in part, due to the interactive features of the show: The Verse Off is where two volunteers from the audience take to the stage to rap or sing about a topic chosen randomly by the crowd. This part of the show is always hilarious and entertaining. Then there’s the Open Mic section members of the audience can sign up and get 60 seconds to show their talent for poetry or singing.
Vocals and Verses promises to be a relaxed, intimate evening of great music, poetry and entertainment. It’s safe to say that this is exactly what the crowd got on Wednesday night!
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Reviewed by Bibi Cofie