A monthly open mic event, hitting The Poetry Cafe every 3rd Thursday.
With a focus on socio-political discourse and hip-hop, featuring a relaxed and welcoming vibe hosted by a collective of 5 poets. The event aims to create a space in which those without a voice or platform can become comfortable delivering their message to a diverse audience.
Usaama Minhas is a poet, rapper and actor. Usaama started writing in his teens and later spent a year in New York on an actor training conservatory for Theatre, Film and TV. While in New York, he began performing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Pyramid Club. On returning to the UK, Usaama moved to London to pursue a career in Hip Hop. In 2013, he released the Hand in Hand EP, a self-produced album combining Rap music and Spoken Word poetry. Later that year, Usaama won the ‘Britain’s Got Bars’ Rap Battle Tournament at French Montana’s show at the indigo at The O2, sharing the stage with Lady Leshurr and Ghetts. Usaama was long-listed for the Outspoken Prize For Poetry 2017 and 2018, and he was the April 2017 winner of Kat Francois’s WORD4WORD poetry slam and the May 2017 winner of the Genesis Slam. Usaama is the 2018 Hammer and Tongue National Slam Champion, and he recently released and recorded an EP, Forgot About Rap.
The Repeat Beat Poet
Peter deGraft-Johnson is The Repeat Beat Poet, a London-based poet and emcee who fuses stream-of-consciousness writing and Hip Hop culture to capture and extend moments of time, thought, and feeling.
The Repeat Beat Poet has performed across the country and internationally, with appearances at The Royal Albert Hall, the Edinburgh Fringe, Spoken Word Paris, and he is the reigning Nozslam Champion. Peter also regularly and hosts the monthly spoken word nights Boomerang, and PenTing, and his own Hip Hop & poetry radio show, The Repeat Beat Broadcast. His debut poetry show D.O.W.N will be performed in Winter 2018.