Grimelight

Thu
13th April 2017 20:00
Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
"But call us street writers, street poets, street authors/ Divas, I ain't spitting if the mic ain't cordless” - Kano
Join Poet in the City, in collaboration with Rich Mix, and Apples and Snakes, for a free evening of performance and discussion, putting grime centre stage to probe its relationship with poetry.

As the sound responsible for transforming UK's music landscape since the early 2000s, grime has recently found its place on the international stage. From Kanye West bringing half of the UK rap and grime scene out at the BRIT Awards in 2015, to Skepta winning the most recent Mercury Prize for Konnichiwa, grime has been thrust into the spotlight.

Curated by This is Grime’s Hattie Collins, Urban Editor at Mixmag Chantelle Fiddy will share the stage with Nottingham-born MC, Mez to explore grime as as a form of poetry and the way the two have shaped each other.

If poetry is the art of 'using the best words, in the best order', what is grime? Chantelle and Mez will interrogate the art of lyricism, its democratising power which unites groups without elitism, and the ability of grime to transform the mundane into the vivid and exciting.

With live performances from Mez, this evening will include discussion and audience Q+A.
Mez (AKA Uncle Mez) Just 19 years young, was invited by Skepta to be one of the acts to open his sold-out Alexandra Palace Show at the end of 2016, and has already toured with Grime heavyweights Kano and Stormzy. The latter features on Mez's six-track M1 EP, produced by DaVinche, which also sees appearances from AJ Tracey, Harvey & Allana Verde. Born and bred in Nottingham, Mez began to set up his second home in London in 2015, making appearances on stations including Rinse, Radar and NTS where he’s now a regular. Mez has also enjoyed constant support from BBC 1Xtra. In 2015 he starred on Lord Of The Mics VII, the legendary battle series that sees MC’s go head-to-head in a lyrical war of words.
Chantelle Fiddy is the urban editor of Mixmag, where she’s contributed in excess of 100,000 words in reviews over the last decade. Currently working in music management, Fiddy’s career in music began in 2001. After graduating with a BA Hons in Journalism from the University Of The Arts London, Chantelle began her career at Touch Magazine, championing the then unknown genre ‘Grime’. Her work subsequently appeared in i-D, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, The London Paper (where she was a columnist for three years), Smash Hits and many more. After working as editor on social activism magazine CTRL.ALT.SHIFT, Fiddy moved back into the music industry. Having amassed a CV that covers a vast array of work with and for major and independent record labels, Fiddy has also worked in radio, TV and continues to write (albeit on secret projects).
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