Dustbin Diaries – Inua Ellams

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Other Finds, Poetry | Posted on 26-06-2009

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This is another poem from Inua Ellam’s book ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ The book is available from Amazon here for £4.

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Dustbin Diaries -Inua Ellams

Once
upon a time,
a young man gleaned
from an archaic continent creamed
in the light fantastic;
from the borders of history baked
before an African sun
came to this kingdom
of Babylon.

This kingdom became his home.
And as time turned its page
suit followed his age -
this now withered warrior
is whom I see before me.
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Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Other Finds, Poetry | Posted on 30-05-2009

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Thirteen Fairy Negro TalesThis is a poem from one of my favourite books Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales by Inua Ellams. The poem is the opening to the book which contains thirteen poems in total as the title would suggest. I’ll post some more from this book at a later date so keep an eye out. 

You can buy the book from Amazon for £4 here.

This is Inua reading the opening poem. Yes, the backing is the Pyramid Song (:

Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales – Inua Ellams

 

I spun 13 fairy Negro tales that night.
Weighed them on illogic scales
that tipped the balance
and formed an alliance
with my version of the truth,
I uprooted reality and substituted it
for another that had more humanity;
thinking that if I thought hard enough
I’d make it real.
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Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Poetry | Posted on 11-04-2009

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Dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip are an unusual mix of spoken word and electronica with a unique sound on the indie scene. Both members are soloists outside of this duo. Scroobius Pip produces some fluent verse and dan le sac has a real knack for mixing up beats. (see Fixed and Thou Shalt Always Flatten Beats on his myspace) They released their first album Angles in May 2008 featuring 12 interesting tracks, Angles, the track is definitely worth listening to a few times to get the full story. 

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Inua Ellams

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Poetry | Posted on 08-04-2009

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Inua Ellams“I am the brown-skinned blue prince to re-rinse reality outta rain puddles like forefathers before me.”

Inua Ellams is a London based poet and a member of the poet collective A Poem In Between People. He has produced a number of tracks so far, the most notable being ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ which later went on to become a book featuring what the title would suggest. It’s worth a read if you get the chance and it’s only £4 on Amazon. This is spokenword at it’s best and it’s well worth checking out if you’re new to the genre as well as Musa Okwonga, another member of A Poem In Between People.

“I spun 13 fairy Negro tales that night.
Weighed them on illogic sales
that tipped the balance
and formed an alliance
with my version of the truth,
I uprooted reality and substituted
for another that had more humanity;
thinking that if I thought hard enough
I’d make it real.”

Inua Ellams http://www.myspace.com/phaze05