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Aman Ali’s first visit to the Hubb

Aman Ali performs for the first time in the city of Birmingham. He speaks about his 30 days 30 mosques tour that he has delivered across the USA.  He is hosted both in Birmingham and London.

Brit Writers Awards 2010 – Intro Performance

Following on from the Writing On The Wall Show at The Rep Theatre – a performance of graffiti art, spoken word and percussion brought together for a live audience, Soul City Arts have been delivering a few mini versions of that sequence at various venues. The most recent is at the 02 Arena, for the Brit Writers Awards. Again we chose 3 poets, along with our regular drummer Andy Mason, but this time also had a cellist at hand called Philip Shepphard. Together we created poetry, percussion and painting just the right combo, how we like it. It was done as the opening sequence to the entire show, so had to be sharp and on-form. Rehearsals were tough and intensive, and  hopefully  didn’t push the artists too hard, but it was all worth it in the end. The official video of the performance itself will be added below soon, but for now, here is a few pictures and videos of the poets performing during the event and outside of the venue…

David J was one of the 3 poets we used for the sequence. All of the poets were dressed as if part of the audience, and were seated at the tables. David J interrupts the sequence of events and begins his poem from within the crowd.

Jo Bell, our second poet, takes over from David J from the other side of the room….

Then Don Shahada jumps into the sequence by a staged telephone call which is part of his sequence

All the hard work pays off, artistic director Mohammed Ali, who co-ordinated the introduction sequence to the awards.

Andy Mason is our favourite percussionist. He was riding along with the poets and creating soundscapes in sync with the poems. Not just backing beats, but rather he was interpreting the poems through his drumming increasing and decreasing in pace where necessary to compliment each poem.

Although Mohammed Ali’s role in this sequence was directorial, he did put together a video which the three poems lead into, a video about the power of words, lots of layered footage, a kind of abstract video projection of the spraycan, timelapse footage of a graffiti words being painted, the pen writing onto the page, and lots of other abstract visuals. David J did some freestyle poetry over the top of the video along with percussionist and cellist Philip Shepherd who you can see in the background on the stage. Although the entire sequence had different mediums brought together, the poetry, the percussionist and the cellist all creating together, this last video sequence brought them all together in one this time with the added visuals.

Just outside the 02 Arena, we did a quick film with David j…