Power in the Voice: with Joelle Taylor, Inner Circle and Breis


Monday night, to Power in the Voice in the Spirit Level.

My welcome & introduction the only part of the evening show that not rhyme – grime – rap or freestyle. Do the EARS – Southbank Centre Emerging Artists in Residence – need to give me some mentoring and training?

SWpoet Joelle Taylor & writer and hiphop artist Breis – Brother Reaching Each Inner Soul – which he did – & the 5 strong group from St Aloysius School – Inner Circle – winners of Power in the Voice contest – who were also what I am now dubbing Y breisers (that OK with you Breis?) – Young Brothers Reaching Each Inner Soul – each 15 years old and as wordly wise as their collective three score years and five … and some.

In my head today:

Inner Circle: Our Father

Breis: Identity

Joelle Taylor – Mother Foucault Everywoman multiple sequential roles: inspiring MC, performer & mentor facilitator

Breis, I’m going to remind you here that you said you’d work with Inner Circle. They are very keen to work with you.

So here’s an invitation from me to all of you to congregate back at Southbank Centre in 2009 and produce an evening together.

Respect to the British Council for making this possible through the Power in the Voice project …

What’s Power in the Voice?

· Power in the Voice is major three-year project from the British Council, designed to celebrate young people finding their voice and expressing themselves through poetry, storytelling and rap.

· PIV draws on the UK’s artistic creativity and updates the perception of the UK within the emerging generations of Africa. The project was launched in Mozambique in 2005 and has since involved over 3,300 schoolchildren and reached more than 25 million people across those countries involved.

· The Rt Hon Lord Kinnock, Chair of the British Council, who opened the UK final, said: ‘Power in the Voice empowers young people in Africa and the UK by giving them opportunities to creatively express themselves through the power of the spoken word. The opportunity to visit Africa in 2008 and build relationships with young people across the continent will be unforgettable, but involvement in Power in the Voice is in any case a great experience for everyone involved.”

Mentored by spoken-word artists and poets such as Roger Robinson, Francesca Beard, Zena Edwards, Jacob Sam La Rose, Joelle Taylor and Breis, Year 10 pupils learnt how to devise, craft, edit and perform poetry though a series of monthly workshops organised by Shoreditch-based Eastside Education Trust.

In February this year teams from schools around London competed for the chance to travel to Botswana and take part in the Power of the Voice International Festival with other young people from across Africa. We are delighted that the winning team from St Aloysius school have the opportunity to perform their piece from the festival at the Southbank centre with their mentor Joelle Taylor.


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