On Wednesday, March 29, the nth digri will feature at Express Yourself at PPL, presented by Breakout Squad. Also performing, the incredible Komi Olaf! It’s at 130 George Street in the Market, starting 8:30 pm. Plus last stand of the shisha!!
HOUSE OF PAINT 2016
nth digri at the House of Paint Festival 2016, August 27, featured at the opening ceremony for the final day of the Festival, plus moderating a panel discussion of the Decolonization of Hip Hop. Big respect to the HOP organizers, panelists, visual artists, performers, and volunteers – you’re the power behind this forceful moment in Hip Hop culture. For some photos, click nth digri at HOP16
For more info on House of Paint, click House of Paint Website
Word Soun and Power in Brampton, August 6, Tropical Paradise
nth digri is performing at the Word, Soun and Power show in Brampton on August 6. It’s happening at Tropical Paradise, 168 Kennedy Road. Also appearing will be UK/Ghana’s brilliant wordsmith, Tuggstar, Dub Poet Bro Sankofa, and talented artist Sasha Allison.
nth digri features at Urban Legends, Ottawa, July 14
Flapjack’s, 354A Preston Street
It is going to be a wild ride, I can promise that. Come through, buckle your seatbelt, and enjoy the lyrical fireworks at flapjacks tomorrow night.
Check Urban Legends facebook page for details:
nth digri at Kuumba, Harbourfront Centre, Feb. 5
IN the first weekend in February, the nth digri will be delivering two performances, including Q&A sessions, at the Kuumba celebration of Black History Month at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Co-Produced by the Northern Griots Network, the performances are part of an exciting line-up of artists in the Black wRites Matter program, which includes, among others: two former members of the legendary Last Poets from the US, Waleed Mohammed from musical sensation AfroNubians, the Slam Champ Just Jamaal out of Ottawa, Up from the Roots’ griot and Spoken Word TV producer Dwayne Morgan, versatile beatbox poet DaOriginalOne, poet/actress/playwright hot off her Black Theatre Workshop premiere, Amani Woods, the explosive spoken word talent of Afrikaren, young lions R.I.S.E out of Scarborough, Word Guerilla Paulina O’Kieffe, edutainer Patrick Walters. It’s creativity exemplified by the best in artistic expression from artists of African heritage as we move Black to the Future!
Interview coming up on Rootz Reggae Radio on Thursday, February 26, 6:30 PM (EST). You can check the archived version online if you don’t catch it live. And it’s gonna be LIVE! For this show, I may have to buss my raw version of Rub-a-dub Radio! OK, it ain’t too raw, but it’s got a little rugged content, still. As always, haffe big up my bredda Kali. And for everyone checking the blog, I’m putting up an mp3 of that one you can download. Jus now!
Visualized by dee shade, imagined by the nth digri, inspired by Carnegie, O’Ree, Marson, and alla dem… onward to Kane and Subban, and some kid in a rink right now making dreams happen.
Catch the performances this March at VerseFest, with a strong line-up of spoken word poets/authors. The nth digri will be performing on March 29 at 7 PM at the Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street. Apparently they are honouring me for something, but I can’t imagine why, as I’m still here!! Anyway, you can find out more info at http://versefest.ca/year/2015/poet/?id=56
Nice to have a break for ‘Black History Month’. As a per my conviction that when it comes to African history, culture, and liberation, it is a year-around operation, I am focusing on what comes next.
BIG THANKS to everyone who came out and otherwise supported SPEAKING BLACK HOCKEY
The Slam Poetry/Visual Arts Showcase held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the University of Ottawa Alumni Auditorium
For more information on the performers and presenters, check the Speaking Black Hockey page.
Speaking Black Hockey was a Spoken word/visual arts showcase celebrating African Canadian contributions to hockey. The show featured top spoken word slam poets, a screening of an ESPN video on the historic Coloured Hockey League, visual art by Black artists, and words from a rising young hockey star from the Ottawa area.
This unique event was co-presented by RevWord Productions, the Ottawa Black Law Students Association, and the National Institute of Jamaican Canadians, in collaboration with CHUO 89.1 FM and the Human Rights Office (U.O.), with the support of “TD Presents Then and Now Black History Month Series – 2014 Program” and the Black Artists Networks Dialogue.
Featured spoken word artists included Urban Legends Slam Champion Just Jamaal and teammate Sense-say, special guest from Toronto, National Slam Champ David Delisca, notorious spoken word troubadour John Akpata, and soul-stirring lyricist Doretta Charles, with a special video multimedia performance by recording artist, nth digri, plus music by drummer Emmanuel Printemps. The event was hosted by Black on Black (CHUO FM) radio show host , Sarah Onyango.
Historian and former St. Mary’s University hockey player, Bob Dawson, will present the video “Frozen Out,” an ESPN documentary on the Coloured Hockey League in the Maritimes, based on the book “Black Ice” by Darril and George Fosty.
Speaking Black Hockey is also proud to present Nicholas Ngwafusi, who plays in the Central Canada Hockey League, along with talented Black visual artists from University of Ottawa who will be exhibiting their work, courtesy of the U.O. Black Law Students Association.
Salute to the youth at Cedarview Middle School!
Stopped by for an infusion of energy from the Grade 6 classes, shared some spoken word, exchange some ideas and observations. Missed my usual co-presenter, Adrian this year. Catch up with you at the rink, bredda!
WORDS TO LIVE BY: THE GREAT BLACK NORTH
Spoken Word performance
Tuesday, February 18 2014 | 7PM | $5
Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa
A celebration of Black history and culture through spoken word and performance in the tradition of the African griot. This event will connect youth and diverse communities to the school edition of The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. Presented by Black Dot Roots & Culture Collective.
Featuring Brandon Wint
nth digri in L Collection
I have just published several poems in a collection by the innovative and multi-talented (DJ, spoken word poet, slam promoter)
Dane Swan. The book is called “L _ _ _” A poetic study of relationships
A free read-only version of the collection is online at http://issuu.com/daneswan/docs/ldraft1
An e-book version will be available for sale on October 1st distributed through Smashwords. A version for pre-sale is available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354368
The collection presents an anthology of poetry inspired by relationships.
Page poets, slam poets, event coordinators, and rappers were invited to participate via social media. The result?
A powerful collection that travels from Gothic to urban verse, experimental work and everything in between.
nth digri poems in the collection include
Fly Like Eagles
nth digri at Arts Night
I will be performing on Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Arts Night Series, held at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, Fellowship HAll, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Admission is $5.00. The evening will also include presentation by visual artist Randy Wilson and musician Audrey Saparno.
Arts Night Flyer
The new nth digri LP south is north is now on on bandcamp.com
To listen and download, go to
Celebrates the vibrancy of Caribbean spoken poetry
Slam from north to south, vocals for the 21st century
The music of the Word, take it down to the root
Content meets style in a journey for the truth
Dialogue in a panchayat, forward collaboration
Youth voices emerge in creative expression
Where it all comes back to: Cascadoo
THE GREAT BLACK NORTH
The BCP Poetry Anthology is out on Frontenac House Press, and it includes Black Hockey Player.
The book is The Great Black North – Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry.
It was put together by Kevan Cameron and Valerie Mason, with an introduction from GE Clarke.
For more info: