Welcome to 2014 guys. God is indeed gracious. I’ve got the right feeling about this year. All I can say is that at the end of this year, we will all testify that God has been good!
Now for my first post of the year, I attended a couple of events towards the end of 2013 and one of them was a mind-blowing poetry concert. If you love poetry and you were not at St Rhymes Poetry concert “Overflow 2”, then I wonder where you were, and if you are a poet and you weren’t there, then you might need to review your credentials. Overflow is an annual poetry convention convened by one of the most enigmatic and talented poets I know, Solomon Adesanya. aka St Rhymes.
It features some of the best poets and spoken word impresario’s doing what they know how to do best….”spitting rhymes on the mic”.
I was privileged to attend the previous years edition and it was just grand so I knew I must be at the next one. It held at dews cinema, 202 road, festac on Sunday 22nd December 2013 and it was just phenomenal. I’ve heard poets before but believe me, I wasn’t prepared for what these guys delivered.
From the charismatic Olulu who delivered about three beautiful pieces to Atilola who discarded the mic and delivered what must go down in history as the longest but most captivating poems I’ve ever heard.
Also in the house was one of my personal favorite poets writerspeakspoetry. You just have to hear her “na wa o” and “okada” poems to understand what I’m talking about. This time however, she delivered a new piece on “traffic in lagos”. Trust her, she delivered masterfully, combining gesticulations and emotions to make it so real.
Seye-la-Poet and Serano also did justice to the audience and so did Prestige. Infact, Prestige for me was one of the best poets in the house ‘cos he’s soooo good that at a point I thought the dude was rapping.
Other acts in the house was the gospel sensation CNN. He was so on point with his classic songs and also the teen sensation J. Thyna (Winner of inspiration FM gospel rap competition).
The poets were so good that the audience practically asked for more. Shouts of “I go buy your CD” rained from the audience as the poets struuted their stuff, combining lyrics and blending words to produce ear-tingling poetic renditions.
Finally, the man of the moment St. Rhymes took the mic and kept the audience in awe, as he always does. His “twin” brother and visioner of the purpose centre, MC Solution was the compere of the event.
If I know St. Rhymes very well, he’s probably already working on Overflow 3 and I hear rumors that it might just hold at Madisson Square Garden, USA, so make your plans.
St. Rhymes formerly known as Rhymovator, is an anointed, highly creative Spoken Word Poet, Inspirational Speaker, Author and a Master story teller.
He has been opportune to minister alongside popular gospel arts like Rev. Victor Atenega, Nataniel Bassey, E-Ben, Gbolahan, Vector, etc.
After professionally staging his art in 2006, his energetic and dramatic style of poetry helps him deliver his poems into the heart of his audience.His message centers on the discovery of Purpose and Living a fulfilled life. St. Rhymes is also an amazing Master of Ceremonies (MC).
For more on St. Rhymes, kindly visit his blog http://www.saintrhymes.wordpress.com
Next up on JM Blog, find out what Nigerian celebs are doing to combat violence against women.
Ngozi Ilondu, my very good friend and Programme Assistant on Social Media Advocacy Project Alert on Violence against Women gave me an insight. You cant miss it guys.
Thats all for now guys. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stay tuned for more. Remember, “Every man will have his day”
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