Graham delivers for KOTE

Friday, June 27, 2014

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THE Poetry Society of Jamaica, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, staged a special edition of its monthly fellowship Tuesday at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

It was part of the annual Kingston On The Edge (KOTE) series. Featured artiste was resident 'host' Yashika Graham who delivered an impressive performance that earned an encore.

She began with Thought Possibilities and got better with Direction From The Boarder, Mr Greenwood, My Mother, Retrave, Sun God, Scent and Obeah Woman In Ben Down Market.

She responded to an appreciative audience's call for more with Con Sequence.

As usual, the open mic segment kicked off the monthly event. Seasoned poet Nabbie Natural gave a resounding rendition of his poem Stolen Ancestry.

But the highlight of the section were two fresh acts, Oraine Meikle and Jermaine Bryan. The former's vibrant language and sound symbolism in Wrong Bang went over well with the audience, so did Bryan's romantic I Need You.

Both pieces spurred lively discussion during the interactive segment, an indication of an evening well spent.

— Basil Walters




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