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Spoken word is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play and intonation and voice inflection. It is a 'catchall' that includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including hip-hop, jazz poetry, poetry slams, traditional poetry readings and can include comedy routines and 'prose monologues'.

The art of spoken word has existed for many millennia. Long before writing but through a cycle of reciting, listening and memorizing each language drew on its resources of sound structure for aural patterns that made spoken poetry very different from ordinary discourse and easier to commit to memory.

'There were poets long before there were printing presses, poetry is primarily oral utterance, to be said aloud, to be heard. Poetry, like music, appeals to the ear, an effect known as euphony or onomatopoeia, a device to represent a thing or action by a word that imitates sound. 'Speak again, Speak like rain' was how Kikuyu East African tribesmen described her verse to author Isak Dinesen, confirming Eliot's comment that 'poetry remains one person talking to another.

The oral tradition is one that is conveyed primarily by speech as opposed to writing, in predominantly oral cultures proverbs (also known as maxims) are convenient vehicles for conveying simple beliefs and cultural attitudes. 'The hearing knowledge we bring to a line of poetry is knowledge of a pattern of speech we have known since we were infants'

Performance poetry, which is kindred to performance art, is explicitly written to be performed aloud and consciously shuns the written form. 'Form', as Donald Hall records 'was never more than an extension of content.' In the African traditions, it included drumming, and the use of the 'talking drum'.

In ancient Greece, the spoken word was the most trusted repository for the best of their thought, and inducements would be offered to men (such as the rhapsodes) who set themselves the task of developing minds capable of retaining and voices capable of communicating the treasures of their culture. The Ancient Greeks included Greek lyric, which is similar to spoken-word poetry, in their Olympic Games.

The most notable U.S. exponent of oral poetry, Vachel Lindsay, helped to keep alive the appreciation of poetry as a spoken art in the early twentieth century. Robert Frost also spoke well, his metre accommodating his natural sentences. Poet laureate, Robert Pinsky, also an advocate, considered 'Poetry's proper culmination is to be read aloud by someone's voice; whoever reads a poem aloud becomes the proper medium for the poem. Every speaker intuitively courses through manipulation of sounds; it is almost as though 'we sing to one another all day'. Sound once imagined through the eye gradually gave body to poems through performance, and late in the 1950's reading aloud erupted in the United States'.

Some American spoken-word poetry originated from the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, blues music, as well as the 1960s Beat Generation. Spoken word in African American culture drew on a rich literary and musical heritage. Langston Hughes and writers of the Harlem Renaissance were inspired by the feelings of the blues and spirituals; hip-hop and slam poetry artists were inspired by poets such as Hughes in their word styling.

The Civil Rights Movement also had an impact on spoken word. Notable speeches such as Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream," Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" and Booker T. Washington's "Cast Down Your Buckets" incorporated elements of oration that influenced the spoken word movement within the African American community. The Last Poets was a poetry and political music group formed during the 1960s that was born out of the Civil Rights movement, and helped increase the popularity of spoken word within African American culture.

Spoken word poetry entered into wider American culture following the release of Gil Scott-Heron's spoken-word poem The Revolution Will Not Be Televised on the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox in 1970. The Nuyorican Poets Café on New York's Lower Eastside was founded in 1973, and is one of the oldest American venues for presenting spoken-word poetry.

In the 1980s, competitive spoken word poetry competitions emerged, labelled 'poetry slams.' American poet Marc Smith is credited with starting the poetry slam in November 1984. In 1990, the first National Poetry Slam took place in Fort Mason, San Francisco.

The poetry slam movement reached a wider audience following Russell Simmons' Def Poetry, which was aired on HBO between 2002 and 2007.

Outside of the United States, artists such as French singer-songwriters Léo Ferré or Serge Gainsbourg, made a personal use of spoken word over rock or symphonic music from the beginning of the 1970s, in such albums as Amour Anarchie (1970), Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971) or Il n'y a plus rien (1973), and contributed to the popularization of spoken word within French culture.

In the UK, spoken word has been utilised by musicians such as Blur, The Streets and Kate Tempest.

In the Philippines, the art of spoken word has been popularized by the hit romantic comedy series On the Wings of Love (TV series), with one of the supporting characters, Rico (played by Juan Miguel Severo) being a spoken word poet.

In Zimbabwe the art of spoken word has been mostly active on stage through the House of hunger Poetry slam in Harare , Mlomo Wakho Poetry Slam in Bulawayo as well as the Charles Austin theatre in Masvingo . Festivals such as Harare International Festival of the Arts, Intwa Arts Festival KoBulawayo and Shoko Festival have supported the genre for a number of years. Artists such as Chirikure Chirikure , Biko Mutsaurwa (Godobori) , Cynthia Marangwanda (Flowchyld) , Arnold Chirimika (SoProfound) , T Tongai Lesly Makawa (Outspoken) Tendekai P Tati (Madzitatiguru), Philani Amadeus Nyoni , Tswarelo Mothobi (A scribe called Tswa) Samm Farai Monro (Comrade Fatso) and Batsirai Easther Chigama have been active on the Zimbabwean Spoken word scene.

Spoken-word poetry is often performed in a competitive setting. Also known as slam poetry, these competitions began in 1986 when Marc Smith started a poetry slam in Chicago.

In 1990, the first National Poetry Slam was held in San Francisco. It is the largest poetry slam competition event in the world, now held each year in different cities across the United States.

The popularity of slam poetry has resulted in slam poetry competitions being held across the world.

Source: Wikipedia

WHO IS DARUDDEST JONES Tags: Daruddest Jones spoken word artists word life production future entertainment blog

DaRuddest Jones is a LGBT Spoken Word Artist, Event Coordinator, Blogger, Producer, Director, Personality, Manager, Writer and Host from the Bronx N.Y. She is the CEO, Founder and Artistic Director of Rude T.ee V.ee Productions LLC. She is also a part of Street Poets NYC, a collective of underground artists with the vision of making a difference through art.

DaRuddest has been in performance since the age of 4. She's done everything from African dancing with Laraque Bey to singing background for Jerome Brooks. She's worked with the great George Faison for a number of yrs with a group called the Respect Project where she would sing, rap, act, and dance and of course do spoken word.

DaRuddest has also been honored with the opportunity to work with the highly honored and highly favored Dr. Maya Angelou as well as many other well know and established artists.

DaRuddest competed in a VIBE Magazine Spoken Word Artist competition and was crowned with second place and she has every desire to acquire the number one spot when given the chance again.

She  has performed at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina as well as local venues such as the 5spot, Brooklyn Exposure,  HK lounge, Karma, Billie’s Black, The Street Poets Den, Moca, Marfa, Voodoo lounge and many other locations. She has also been the Host for Centric Spotlight at the Voodoo lounge located in Brooklyn NY and for Private Affairs monthly erotica showcase at Amarachi Lounge also located in Brooklyn NY.

DaRuddest Jones had her first showcase entitled, DaRuddest Jones presents Rude T.ee V.ee, introducing her vision to support and promote spoken word artist and their dream to make it. As an extension of that, she started a monthly open mic/showcase that she held in the heart of Harlem. At the showcase she focused on bridging the gap between Poetry and Hip Hop.

DaRuddest is the creator and director of an annual artist showcase entitled, Memoirs of a Starving Artists. Moasa was created to give new artist leverage and experience. Being a part of Moasa exposes all artists involved to free stage training, free promotion, and an opportunity to make money and media exposure. Moasa is opened to all art forms. She is determined to penetrate the entertainment industry and show the world that poetry is not intended to only be underground.

DaRuddest Jones is a character that cannot and will not be held back. She lives by her words and guarantees that you will feel her poetry.

Source: Official Website: http://www.daruddestjones.com/


BRUNCH WITH SPOKEN WORD-Featuring today’s guest, “Chaquis Maliq” Tags: chaquis maliq brunch with spoken word word life production feature

Today I will be chatting with the talented songstress, Chaquis Maliq. Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to interview you today. First of all I would just like to say that I am a big fan of your work. I’ve previously watched a few video clips of you performing, and I found out that not only are you an amazing talent, but very cool and down to earth. I have to point that out because it is so hard finding good talent today that has not allowed their ego to override their gift. How do you remain so humble?

 Well, that is something I believe you learn or it’s already apart of your persona. I’m not a boaster and never have been. Believing you always have room to improve and havingGod in your life plays a big factor in remaining humble. I didn’t always have this voice, so to me God can take it away at anytime. Therefore, I have been checked by God and understanding humility will keep you humble.

 Yes, it definitely will. How old were you when you first realized that you could sing?

LOL! I thought I could sing as a child, truth is...I could not sing as a child. I just sang loud and obnoxious. I was always making up songs and singing the wrong words to popular songs. But to answer your question I have been working on this voice for years. In 2006 is when the voice came through. Even my own mother didn’t believe I was singing when I let here hear my first project “The Demonstration Vol. I” . She asked where I got all the people to sing my background vocals LOL!

Hmm, I never would have guessed because you have such an excellent voice. So, outside the mainstream industry who inspires you the most?

I’m not sure if my role models are considered not mainstream or at least there were at one time. I am inspired by India Aries’ journey and mission with her music. She keeps God in her music...ok ok she made the song “Brown Skin” but that’s her prerogative. Overall she uplifts, learns, teaches, lives, and grows...and you hear it in her music. Her mission is admirable and I intend to create music for the same reasons.

I love India Arie. Her music is definitely uplifting and soul saving. What challenges do you face as a female artist?

Ha! Being a female artist is a challenge in its self. My final answer is coming.... (smiles) Well the music industry has been said to be dominated by men, so that plays a factor too. I’ve ran into a lot of men in this industry that basically just tried to tear me down. Saying things, like: “You can’t start a label without $15,000”- “You can’t write to this kind of production”- “You don’t have a lead voice”-or them not wanting to help at all. Sooooo, I took matters into my own hands and persevered. I used those things that would hinder an average person, and used them as motivation.

I most definitely can relate. That’s why it is utterly important for us girls to stick together. So we know you as an artist right, but what is the side of you that the public never sees?

Hmm… They never see...me display my Love Life. I believe that it’s personal...yes some songs are inspired by it. But if I’m with a guy and truly have feelings...it’s between me and him, not me, him and the world. I don’t believe in Trophy Relationships....

This is true!! I noticed that you have worked with various youth programs and non-profits that serve young people. You have also performed at national events that have called attention to human rights. I commend you for that. Who inspired you to work for change within different communities throughout the world, and how?

Well, I’m from San Francisco and I was born a humanitarian (Smiles). I’ve always worked with different youth programs whether is through school or church. I also, did revolutionary spoken word/theatre…so, it in me. My father is also a mentor and started a young men’s program. It’s in my blood :)

That’s awesome. So tell me, what songs are you the most proud of and why?

Well, I’m actually proud of the songs that I am currently working on with me and my guitar. It’s been a little over a year since I have been composing on my guitar but I love it and wouldn't change it for the world. They are not released on CD/Digitally yet. It’s coming sooner than later.

Oh, I love the sound of the acoustic guitar. It brings so much life to music. That’s one of the things that I admire the most about you. Now tell me, If you could put together your own personal dream band, who would you select and why?

OH WOW! Hmm... Sheila E, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, K-OS, Esperanza Spalding, Jason Mraz…I know...what a combo lol

Lol~You got to love it though. I'm pretty sure that they would produce an amazing sound. What do you enjoy the most in your career?

Meeting awesome, loving people, traveling and uplifting people with my music.

What’s next for you? Where we can pick up a copy of your CD, and please give us the links to your website and fan pages for those who would like to follow you.

My official website is chaquismaliq.com

Follow me on Twitter @chaquismaliq


My first project, “The Demonstration Vol. I” can be downloaded for free at:


My second project can be purchased at the following links







CD Baby


Thank you so much for having Brunch with Spoken Word!! I enjoyed

chatting with you, and I look forward to all of your future projects.

Thank you for having me, Spoken Word. I really appreciated this. See you soon.


Spoken Word is the Heart of Hip Hop Tags: spoken word heart hip hop word life production feature

When it comes to “Keeping it Real” or “Representing,” you should look no further than to female hip hop artist Spoken Word. The heartfelt messages expressed through her work say that she is a true representation of a virtuous woman. Some say that she is the Erica Badu of hip hop and the Jill Scott of rap. To her fans, she is a beautiful, inspiring, intelligent, young lady, and the way she presents herself is definitely a game changer.  What we see in this queen is the realness in a strong black woman; the average round the way girl who promotes the beauty in hip hop. She has Sharp lyrical skills, hot metaphors, dope style and skills that can educate, encourage, uplift, and make your head nod all at the same time.  She is called the heart of hip hop solely because through her spoken word and hip hop performances she is able to touch the heart and soul of her audience, and she also has heart for a female hip hop rapper. She is very passionate about delivering a message that promotes mental growth, cultural awareness, self-awareness, community empowerment and equality.  Such messages are some of the elements of hip hop that are not often promoted.

Spoken Word was born in small town Suffolk, VA where she grew up in a low income neighborhood during the time drugs flooded poorer black communities throughout the nation. A recession was a normal thing for her household where she was the middle child of four in a single parent home. In the midst of it all, she developed a gift that would change her life forever. She learned how to rap.  Spoken Word better known as Lady Vixen during that time did not have a hard time getting attention in the male dominated genre. By the time she was 12, she was performing in local schools. One of the highlights of her life was performing an educational rap over the loud speaker for her peers, proving that she does have the ability to speak in front of large crowds. Her first poem was published at the age of 13, and placed on the back of the schools programs for graduation that year. Literally, it was her passion that gave her inspiration to do positive things in rap. But that wouldn’t last long.

 “When you grow up poor, it changes your way of thinking. It’s easy to get caught up in the traps of the streets especially when all you see is negativity around you. As a female growing up in a rough area, you have to be tough because there is always someone lurking around to try to pimp, manipulate or trap you.” Spoken Word

It was then that her lyrics became more hardcore.  She joined up with an all-male rap group along with her twin brother G Valley. The group was known as Southside Soldiers. After performing with them for a few years, the group called it quits. Instead of continuing to make music, she solely began writing poetry. To Sharon, spoken word was deep and it addressed the real things that were going on in poorer black communities. But calling it quits wasn’t really an option for her because of the love and passion she has for the hip hop culture.

In May 2009 she released her first album, “Hip Hop Will Never Die” which was produced by Brooklyn producer and husband “Mike Millz.” Hip Hop Will Never Die gained international attention and placed in online stores throughout the world.  She was even surprised to see the album sold in places such as Australia, Poland, and especially Ireland.  Outside of her lyricism, she has had a full experience within her career as a Spoken Word Artist.

She released her second album, “After the Pain” on July 24, 2010. Releases such as The Realness and Ghost Town Anthem gave her even more recognition throughout her country (United States) as a female artist. Also spoken word pieces produced on that album such as Going out with a Bang, Victim of Society, and My Eulogy reached the ears of fans throughout the world. According to her demographics, she’s been able to reach listeners in places such as Germany, Kenya, South Africa, India, Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico, Canada, France, Zimbabwe, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Qatar United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Jamaica, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria, Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Argentina, United Kingdom and Belgium. Her audience ranges between the ages of 13-55+.

Look for her again in 2013 as she is now working on her first book and next album. In addition to that, she has also established a networking site (Word Life Production) that brings cultural awareness within urban communities. Through this organization, Spoken Word wishes to promote social change, social political justice, community empowerment, economic development, diversity, and a variety of talent.


Dana Gilmore is The Heart of Spoken Word Tags: dana gilmore heart spoken word word life production feature

Every art  form has a prodigy that rises to the top and serves as its most discerning voice, speaking from the greatest personal depths. Think Lauryn Hill as the soul of hip hop, Langston Hughes as the intellect of black poetry, or Zora Neal Hurston as the spirit of black theater. Call Dana Gilmore the undeniable Heart of Spoken Word. Make no mistake about it; Gilmore is a spoken word auteur that has earned an incontestable place as a talented trendsetter and poetry impresario.

Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Dana Gilmore spent her youth exploring the writings of a broad range of profound poets from Maya Angelou to Amiri Baraka and Gil Scott Heron to TuPac Shakur. She began writing at an early age, and was soon earning praise from teachers and peers alike. After developing a strong following in the bi-state Kansas City Metropolitan Area, she continued writing while a student at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned a B.S. degree in International Business and Finance.

It was her involvement in the fertile Atlanta spoken word scene where she first found a larger audience, which led to the debut of her most ambitious works, becoming wildly popular and earning her the privilege to join the elite circle of poets featured on Russell Simmon's HBO's Def Poetry (Season 3). There she delivered the debut national performance of her landmark work Wife, Woman, Friend. Both critics and fans alike were floored by the powerful combination of raw emotion, delicate phrasing and mind-bending metaphors that have become her hallmark. She cemented her popularity a year later with a return visit to Def Poetry Jam (Season 4), where again she astounded the live and television audiences with her now-signature style of poetry with the sequel,Wife, Woman, Friend Part II. Soon, the word was out that Dana Gilmore showcased a deeply personal style of performance that earned her the signature: The Heart of Spoken Word. Arresting themes of romantic relationships and urban realities; it is her own vision spiritual, emotional, personal, and full of wisdom, that is reflected in an artist who is comfortable with who she is and how far she has come.

With regular showcases at National Association of Collegiate Activities (NACA), Dana  has since broadened her performance experience by annually touring America conducting feature one-woman shows at numerous colleges and universities. Having shared the Def Jam stage with artists such as Mos Def, Kanye West, and WyClef-Jean, Dana Gilmore is a life spring of spoken word innovation having established herself as a true creative force. Now, with the long awaited follow-up project to her first album, Tonight...I Jus Wanna Write; Dana's new project, The Men's Room, breaks ground by masterfully assimilating spoken word into a touring stage play/musical. This collaboration of spoken word, music, and theater is a true representation of Gilmore's relentless pursuit of artistic excellence and poetic integrity. True to form, she continues to help adorn spoken word with new textures and flavors that are sure to inspire a whole new generation of poets for years to come.


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