It has never been more vital to stand up for what you believe in.
Rallying Cry is a call to action from a collection of the country’s most vibrant and charismatic spoken word poets, as they address the state of the nation.
‘I think it’s the duty of everyone to be a political activist, but poets and musicians have a special role to play in mankind’s conversations.’ Benjamin Zephaniah
Raised in Tottenham, Zena Edwards has become known as one the most unique speakers in performance poetry to come out of London. She is also known for her polemic voice, speaking on panels for climate change and campaigning for equality and equitable rights. She has written and performed two one-woman shows, Security (2009) and Travelling Light (2011), with strong self-devised education packages, which toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author who is currently touring Europe, Australia and South East Asia with her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She is the author of three full collections and is currently completing her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet, with support from the Arts Council England. She founded SLAMbassadors, and is the host and co-curator of London poetry and music club Out-Spoken.
Chiedu Oraka, is the sound of a new working-class Northern England.
Raised in Hull on a diet of old school hip hop from Lauren Hill to Tupac, supplied by his older sister, the Hull native is cutting his own path.In a city often dominated by guitar music, Oraka offers a fresh alternative which has already attracted the attention of everyone from Vice and 1Xtra through to The Guardian and 6Music. With a DIY aesthetic and his own production team, the Yorkshire born artist has been cultivating and leading a hip hop revolution in his hometown whilst collaborating with other vibrant spirits in the city including punk band LIFE.
Finding two of his latest tracks featuring in Spotify’s prestigious Grime Shutdown playlist, with his recent release ‘Darcy’ achieving over 1 million streams on Spotify alone, support from Huw Stephens and Tom Robinson whilst supporting the likes of Stormzy, KRS One and Akala to name a few, this Northern Powerhouse is only just getting started.
Top image: Suzi Corker.