Featuring Ngoma, Chris Rockwell, and Dominic Berry
Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
Plus open mic
$3 suggested donation. Two drink min, alcoholic or non.
Ngoma is a performance poet,multi-instrumentalist,singer/songwriter,artivist and paradigm shifter, who for over 50 years has used culture as a tool to raise socio-political and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought. A former member of Amiri Baraka's "The Spirit House Movers and Players" and the contemporary freedom song duo"Serious Bizness",Ngoma weaves poetry and song that raises contradictions and searches for a solution to a just and peaceful world. Ngoma was the Prop Slam Winner of the 1997 National Poetry Slam Competition in Middletown,CT and has been published in African Voices Magazine, Long Shot Anthology, The Underwood Review, Signifyin' Harlem Review,Bum Rush the Page/Def Poetry Jam Anthology, Poems on the Road to Peace (Volumes 1,2,and 3, Yale Press), Let Loose On the World-Amiri Baraka at 75., The Understanding Between Foxes and Light (great weather for MEDIA) and New Rain/Blind Beggar Press 35th Anniversary Issue. He was featured in the P.B.S spoken word documentary “The Apropoets” with Allen Ginsburg. Ngoma was selected as the Beat Poet Laureate of New York for 2017-18 by The National Beat Poetry Poetry Foundation
Chris Rockwell is a spoken word poet and hip-hop artist from the Jersey Shore. The very first Grand Slam Champion of the legendary Loser Slam, Rockwell has since competed in the National Poetry Slam twice, toured the country, was named Poet Laureate of Asbury Park in 2010, and even went on to be co-founder of the Jersey Shore Poetry Slam. He has published several volumes of music and poetry, his latest being his collection of poetry, entitled True Romantic Loser, which was published in October of 2018.
Dominic Berry is the current Glastonbury Festival Poet in Residence and 2017 winner of Saboteur’s ‘Best Spoken Word Artist’ in UK award. Other awards include winning New York’s Nuyorican Poetry Cafe Slam, UK Superheroes of Slam and, as of 2018, seven Arts Council England Grants for the Arts awards.He has toured his work across Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. In addition, Dominic performed poetry on BBC2 showcasing the best of Glastonbury Festival, BBC’s Greg and Celia’s Festivals Highlights (highlights of Edinburgh Fringe), Channel 4’s My Daughter The Teenage Nudist and Channel 4 News. In his children’s poet ‘Dommy B’ persona, he has performed on BBC’s Rhyme Rocket.dominicberry.net