WJMS Speaks is our new initiative to bring more spoken word to your air waves! There are very few radio stations broadcasting Spoken Word pieces on their airwaves regularly. Well, WJMS Radio is doing just that!
Every hour on WJMS you can hear a new clip from one of our poets below!! Check them out, show them some love, and most importantly, tune in every day to hear their work!
... Meet Our Poets ...
Spoken Word (n) is poetry intended for onstage performance, rather than exclusively designed for the page. While often associated with hip-hop culture, it also has strong ties to storytelling, modern poetry, post-modern performance, and monologue theatre, as well as jazz, blues, and folk music.
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Due to its immediacy and direct rapport with its audience, this type of poetry often contains references to current events and issues relevant to a contemporary audience.
At its best, spoken word is a powerful, high-energy form of expression that attracts artists and audiences of all ages from a wide range of disciplines and socio-cultural backgrounds.
Marumbo Sichinga is a young and upcoming poet from Malawi. His distinct style and word play is both interesting to watch and thought provoking. These traits have him tipped to be the next big poet from the warm heart of Africa, a second year in a row performing at lake of stars and with a new project in the pipelines titled 'Broken keys' he is one to keep an eye out on.
Dano has been creatively writing since childhood. It has only been in recent years that his poetry has taken full flight. The spoken word scene has played a massive part in the growth of this poet/MC. Steering clear of materialistic view points and negative “rhyming” Dano expresses matters of the heart and says that being totally honest with ourselves is the best thing we can do. His debut spoken word album Volume One was released on 11/11/16 on BandCamp.
Justin Khalidwe Kantchentche (Justin Khalidwe for short), is a Malawian teenager currently studying towards a business degree. He got really interested in doing poetry/art in boarding when he was 12 years old. A good friend who was rapping at the time taught him what poetry and songwriting was all about. He then began writing short stories and poetry. "They say an artist tells a story. My art is meant to allow the listener access to all my thoughts from the wildest to the most sorrowful."
I started writing spoken word in early 2016 when me and a buddy from school decided it would be cool to make a spoken word EP. There was just so much I wanted to share with people, but then I started reflecting on my relationship with a homeless man in my hometown. He and I only had a few conversations spread out over the course of a few months, but I had learned so much about him and his struggles and how his life came to be this way. Inspiration had struck!
I've been writing poetry for a little over a year, first as an outlet for stress and various anxieties, and then as more of a platform to share my thoughts and opinions and offer support for listeners who may deal with the same problems or concerns. I hope that those who listen can gain hope in our Father through the words I share, or at least understand that whatever you're going through, you're not alone.
Jermaine Donaldson grew up expressing his creativity in art class. It was not until college that he became fond of poetry. Sixteen years later he has amassed over one hundred poems and dozens of spoken word performance pieces. Jermaine writes most about his faith and his personal relationships as both have played a huge part in shaping his perspective of life.
I'm Anwar. A name carefully chosen by a mother who wanted the world for her son. Will the world ever see the shining light that my namesake has me destined to illuminate? My story has just begun. just blocks away from the neighborhood that raised me. With a BSN from Temple, I thrived in a neighborhood where statistics wouldn't dare place me in my current position but here I am. Just sit back and listen as I journey through the thoughts that wander and often get lost within the black mind.
My name is Karen and I am 37 years old. I consider myself a lover of all things poetic. To me writing has always been a way to give a voice to the voiceless. I used to feel invisible before I discovered my love for writing. I found my voice chanelling my powers through my pen and then I became invincible.
He takes the beat of the city streets and turns it from bipolar sunrise to starry throne, paying heed to the wordsmiths that surround and inspire him and assuming their characters to champion their unique stories to be told. Drawing lines out of conversation and gesturing to the hypothetical constructs of love in ideals, gender identity, and social injustice, Lindo leads a chorus of humbleness in front of his audience taking them beyond their own ordinary experiences..
Ayanna Bates is an author, blogger, writer and motivational speaker from New York. She published her first book, An Old Teen, that touches on her struggles with depression and other mental illness. She is just 19 years old and her greatest passion is advocating for mental health. She is currently studying psychology with the hopes of becoming a psychologist.
I'm 24 years young, in school at Howard University studying to become a teacher. I grew up the only male of three children. I took to the streets fairly quickly. In the beginning the lifestyle was lavish and I loved it. However, nothing but pain and carnage awaits those who lives that way. I was taken in by my mentor who ultimately made me face myself. He showed me how to look inside and help me battle my omens. Those that I conquered left; the ones that stayed was taken to God.
Marcus Mandible (Brunt Poetry) is a Brighton (UK) based emcee and spoken word artist. Brunt speaks with the voice of Joe Strummer and the mind of John Cooper Clark, and his delivery has all the energy of a riot. - Invokal Verbalist Journalist.
I'm Deirdre Denson (Anointed) and I am 29 years old. After a string of non-profit jobs, God called me to start my own venture using art to bring the word of God into everyday life. Anointed is a poet, singer, song writer, dancer and artist devoted to getting out the message of Christ. The message that God loves you and it is not too late to turn to him.
Interested in having your spoken word pieces air on WJMS? We are always accepting new poets. Send us an email!
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