WeAreGriot brought you another night of Ireland’s best TALKATIVES specially commissioned as a live, online show for The Lock Inn. 10 hand-picked poets and rappers went head-to-head in a classic poetry SLAM style competition, all slam rules applied - No music, no props, no reading, must be your own work!
8 RAPPERS + POETS
battled based on their flow, their content, and their delivery.
IT WAS A MOTIVE | IT WAS BE A VIBE
the POETS & RAPPERS
Kasey Shelley is a poet and writer from Clondalkin,Dublin. She has been writing and performing poetry for three years in the Irish spoken word scene. Her poetry touches on relationships, mental health, femininity and more. In 2017 she took part in Seed to Stage with Cursed Murphy. She is published in several literary magazines such as FLARE, Harness and A New Ulster. She also features in the anthologies Selfies & Portraits, Mustang Bally and 2020 Visions (out May 2020). In 2019 she performed with A-Musings at Electric Picnic. Last year she released her first collection of poetry, Conversations With Myself. It has been described as a "manual for young women" and is available on Amazon. Her Facebook and Instagram is Kasey's Scribbles
Sam Zamani is a Nigerian spoken word artist with a core wrought from philosophy and hip hop. He prides himself in having a unique style of simplicity and storytelling.
I’ve had deep love for language and self-expression since I was very young. Despite writing poems for most of my younger years, I was never able to quite find my own writing style, or a way to break from the traditional poetry I found myself writing. It wasn’t until I discovered hip hop in my late teens that my passion resurfaced. I find hip hop, and it’s use of rhyme and similes/metaphors has been a massive influence on my writing. Now I am a poet, occasional battle rapper, and hopefully someone you will enjoy listening to.
A new and upcoming artist to the Rap scene. Born in London, England and Raised in Waterford, Ireland. He began mastering his craft from a young age, researching different forms of lyricism, poetry, and music. As the years progressed "goodfella" saw that there was something very wrong with this society/reality we live in, and if he chose to continue down this rabbit hole, he deemed it his mission to amplify the global consciousness of the human population by portraying deep, meaningful and possibly subliminal messages through his words and music.
With a Unique style, and psychedelic personality he truly seeks to make a difference in this world all he believes it takes is a "change of perspective".
so if you haven't heard of "Chevy the Goodfella" yet, you have now, a small glimpse of what's to come. keep your eyes peeled, ears focused and third eye open.
Sam is a writer based in Wicklow. His first collection of poems titled 'Shenanigans' explores ideas and questions from yesterday, today and tomorrow. The layout of the book is a conversation through poetry and painting with Andrew Hopkins. The book is available to buy in Bridge Street Books in Wicklow Town and Marrowbone Books in the Liberties.
Sam doesn't see much separation in lyrics, literature and life. Sam sees a natural crossover between music and poetry, a cross pollination of sorts, should we bother to make a distinction he questions, who gives a bollox he answers, poetry stooping in rhythm needs to dance.
Elizabeth McGeown is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and has recently featured in publications including Banshee, Abridged and The Blue Nib. As a spoken word artist she is a three-time All-Ulster slam champion, has been a finalist in the All-Ireland Poetry Slam four years in a row, and represented Northern Ireland at the 2019 Hammer & Tongue UK Slam Finals in the Royal Albert Hall. She is the winner of the 2019 Cúirt International Festival of Literature: Spoken Word Platform and the 2019 Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Prize. Featured performances include Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Loud Poets, Sonnet Youth and Lingofest. She has received funding from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The National Lottery to work on her first full-length spoken word show."
Gaius Bala is a final year student of Medical Laboratory Science, from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria. He started his poetic Odyssey two years back, and has performed in the first open Mic event organized in Sokoto State; an event target to speak against the plight of the Almajiri child. Ever since, he has performed in and out of campus. He is currently an active member of Caliphate Arts and Literary Forum (CALF), and the co-founder of the first poetry community in Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto- THE POETRY CLUB UDUS. His works are centered on the black identity and other socio-economic conditions.
Hi , my artist name is Snook! I am part of a duo recently set up with a friend and together we are called Snook General.
I enjoy writing music, composing stories and telling them to my best extent possible.
It’s something I’ve been doing since 12 and gave up for years when I turned 15 and recently picked back up in the recent months , I seem to have picked up where I left off and I’m excited to show what I have lined up!
WE ARE GRIOT
WeAreGriot are a poetry collective comprising of Dagogo Hart, Felispeaks, and Samuel Yakura. They specialize in delivering poetry performances and unique show productions.
They arrived into the Dublin art scene in early 2019 and have contributed with their "Talkatives” along with theatre productions like Boychild.
Their shows range from emotional and educative plays to innovative and entertaining performances.