Summertime slamming

Schools across two London boroughs have been humming with the sounds of well ordered words this May and June. A stellar line-up of established spoken word legends (take a deep breath: Adisa, Steve Tasane, PACE, Francesca Beard AND Kat Francois) have been working their socks off across the city to seek out and nurture the best young spoken word talent to be found.

And they surely have found it, as the most recent uploads to the Poetry Society YouTube channel demonstrates- have a look now at the SLAMbassadors UK 2012 playlist to see the stars from these schools strutting their stuff. Give your ears a tickle with the pacey bars of Tahmena’s ‘I am me’ or the dense, skilled wordplay of Rofiqul’s ‘Age of Enlightenment’. We’re loving the punchiness of Darcy’s ‘Good enough?’ and the sweetness of sentiment in Charlie, Tyler and Lewis’ rap ‘Family’. In short, we’ve had a ball in these London schools. Thanks so much to all the young people who’ve committed time and words to their slam projects, and to the poets for teasing out the best words in often truly sensational and unexpected orders.

Look over the YouTube playlist- who rocks your world? Who tells about their identity in a way that means the most to you? Let us know in the comments on YouTube. Thanks for watching- and remember, make sure your summer is slammerful.

Joelle Taylor and PACE on stage at the SLAMbassadors showcase event for some of our London school stars on 5th July 2012 at the illustrious Soho Theatre