The evening of Saturday 13 August 2011 saw a host of poets and singers come together for a showcase entitled “This Is my Beat”. In aid of Uniq the poets debut EP “Speaking what you thinking” (out now on iTunes). I have to be honest prior to the event I had not even heard of Uniq or any of the other performers on the bill (with the exception of Chaleboy!) But by the end of the evening each and every one of them had made a lasting impression on me. The intimate setting of the Lost theatre on Wandsworth Road, London was the venue for an event which would prove to be personal, thought provoking and inspiring.
Uniq the poet opened the event with a video clip titled the same as her EP “Speak what your thinking”. It was a brief introduction that would set the tone for the evening; she then proceeded to give the audience an insight into how and when she began writing poetry when she recited a piece titled “one year old”. She talked about her first performance at Corks wine bar and her second gig in Aldgate east and her progression in between.
Next to take the stage was Comfort (Art without apology). She recited a piece titled “I want a man” informing us all that she wanted a hardworking, giving and sharing man. What was interesting about her performance was that she also looked at the qualities that men look for in a woman and that women forget that they have never been a man thus do not know how it feels like to be one !. It was a commanding, confident and passionate performance that earned her raptous applause.
The next half an hour or so was all about Uniq as she delivered sensitive and personal performances. “Wait a second” ( a video clip which starred Chaleboy as the object of her affection) told of the familiar scenario of a girl seeing a guy she fancies and the thoughts that run through her mind. “Why am I awake” was tad more serious as Uniq highlighted the issue of being suicidal due to insecurities and lack of acceptance. Both pieces were very thought provoking.
So to the interlude where the energetic host, Mr Cee (very funny guy!) led the audience in a debate about the recent