Sat, 03/15/2014 - 13:40 — Pauline Neckles

Word! Sound! Power! Full Of Purpose And Passion

The audience at the Frank Collymore Hall was treated to a powerful display when members of the spoken word collective The League of Extraordinary Poets (LXP) presented Word! Sound! Power! Poetry with Purpose and Passion on Tuesday.

The short event entertained and thrilled the audience, leaving them wanting more. Featuring a diverse range of poets and spoken word artists, this show had something for everyone. From passionate calls for revolutionary actions to sweet reminiscing about childhood growth and positive vibes, the poets shared their hearts with the audience in pieces that reflected eclectic styles and topics.

The show moved at a steady but enjoyable pace starting with Passion Poet’s 'Tribute (A Call to Action)' encouraging artists and the general populace to use their talents to inspire change and ending with D. J. Simmons’ 'Vibe Master' interacting with and energizing the audience with the refrain “De Vibe too nice to leh it get ‘way so”.

DJ Simmons at Word! Sound! Power!

D.J. Simmons called the other performers to the stage for 'Vibe Master'

Presented and hosted by the Frank Collymore Hall, the event was part of their sunset concert series and was the first of its type for an all spoken word cast.

Held without the use of an MC, Word! Sound! Power! featured established artists such as Adrian Green, Triple X and Inity Fyah alongside up and coming artists such as Empress Zingha, Kerry-ann Waithe, Lamarr Coward, Chaitali Soudatt, Adaeze and Damani Re in pieces that encouraged and entertained while speaking to circumstances that individuals and the wider society are now facing.

The brainchild of Katherine Felix, Director of LXP, this show fulfilled the lifelong dreams of several of the artists on the premier performing arts stage in Barbados, expressing their message in the spoken word art form. Backstage the excitement and support among the acts for each other and for the show was shown in hugs, encouragement and the reciting along of the pieces with those who were on stage.

The passion for the success was evident in the efficiency of the running of the show and the fact that each act was where they were supposed to be at all times.

Everyone on stage for Word! Sound! Power!

I was proud to share the stage with amazing talent 

Director of the show Matthew Murrell of Yardie Boy Theatre guided each act to performances that propelled them out of their comfort zones, adding dancers, instrumentals to acts and even placing Serenity on a television.

Special guest Keegan Maharaj arrived from Trinidad and filled the place with his powerful voice and infectious energy. His performance was insightful and left the audience in stitches.

Performances such as “Miss Too Tick” by Empress Zingha and “Tings Tight” by Inity Fyah were highlights of a strong show that showed to audience members new to the artform and regulars that spoken word in Barbados is entertaining, inspiring and diverse.

This writer is extremely proud to have been on stage with these extraordinary poets and looks forward to much more events to express the heart of LXP to the world.

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