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Bought to you by DJ L’OQENZ.

 


4 Maya

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4maya

 

I know why the caged bird sings

why brown girls crave tears to dry from their bluest eyes

why I don my purple holding head high

 

when maya wrote me notes of hope

toni threw me rope

and alice covered my shoulders with a violet cloak

I’d slip between my sheets and between the sheets folded between

creased up covers I found the words to bring me home

where little girls who saw monsters in their mirrors

and young ones whose pink folds were torn

climbed the paper hills to reach their resurrection

 

I got revived in chapters slicing lives in fine pieces

fed on phrases that filled the holes in my soul

when sonia called me home girl and

taught me to toss my tunes like hand grenades

 

When I was holed up in cold basements

tears choking my throat

I could see through matted eyes lines long like roads

to take me past southern trees, rooted canes and concrete roads

 

I know why the bird sings between iron and bars

I seen light sleep behind barbed wires and stone towers

sneaking novellas between denim and skin

concealing emotional contraband

 

And when not even one letter will stutter from the nib of my pen

I can find fodder in the phrases of folks who had

courage to reap story in the dirty

in the corners, in the crowded closets that

threatened to smother them in shame

and I can raise my head and swim again

 

I lived my 40 days and still don’t know if I survived it

from floods to the wilderness, my heart’s been fair game

but to these 242 sheets I return to again and again and

 

Alone on grey nites or by dawn moving the morn

I’m reborn

and those same eyes, like 85, straight to the sky

re-reads each step like a brand new line

and I remember that even with weighted wings

I can still sing

I can still fly

I can still write

I can save my life

–by Motion (from 40 Dayz)


D’BI YOUNG In ConVersation with MOTION

 

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D’BI. IN CONVERSATION WITH THE PROLIFIC POET MOTION ON THE PRINCIPLE OF LANGUAGE @ THE ARTIST SHAMAN SESSIONS – TUESDAY MAY 27TH, 2014

MOTION features at the upcoming ARTIST SHAMAN SESSION in conversation with D’BI. MAY 27TH, 2014 6:30PM @ ARTSCAPE WYCHWOOD BARNS 601 Christie St, Studio 251Toronto ON M6G 4C7

The ART(IS)T SHAMAN SESSIONS are sacred gatherings initiated by dub poet/monodramatist d’bi.young, exploring the Personal, Political and Spiritual in Wimmin’s heArt Life. This month’s gathering focuses on the principle LANGUAGE, as these two word/sound/power creators come together in a live and interactive  reasoning.

 


Aneemah’s Spot Mixtape Vol. 2 by DJ L’Oqenz feat. All-Toronto Line Up!

ANEEMAH’S SPOT MIXTAPE PLAYLIST

01. ANDREENA MILLS – NAKED
02. NBS | RICH KIDD, TONA & ADAM BOMB – NO ONE KNOWS MY STRUGGLE
03. WIO K FT. SEROCEE & TY – AN TING
04. ZAKI IBRAHIM – EVERYTHING
05. THEO 3 – IN A HEARTBEAT
06. NITEOWLNAPS – MOOSEKNUCKLESEASON
07. RICH KIDD – I’D BE LYING
08. SHAMUEL JACKSON – GO
09. CITIZEN KANE – BLACK RAIN
010. GHETTO CONCEPT – MUCH LOVE
011. CROOKLIN – DAY DREAMS
012. SAUKRATES – CREEP SLOW
013. TARA CHASE – LIKE IT LIKE
014. MAE ORIEL – TOYIN’
015. GIGZ – REACTOR
016. TASHA AMAZON – THRU THE FIRE
017. FREEDOM WRITERS – GOOD LIFE
018. ELMT – YOURS, JAH
019. KORRY DEEZ feat. SEPTO – PILING PAPERS
020. BRENDAN PHILIP – FERYOUH
021. A GAME FT. TRISH – REAL SHIT
022. ELEMENT – WHAT GOES UP
023. NITEOWLNAPS – WAN’S JOINT
024. BLACK T MAFIA – QUICK FLIPS
025. INFINITE – ICE
026. KARDINAL OFFICIAL – PRETTY PAPER FT. ASSASIN & RAEKWON
027. NAMES ARE KNOW – GET UP
028. MOTION – USE WHAT YOU GOT
029. HUMBLE THE POET & KING – POLISHED BULLSHIT
030. GUZO FT. JUNIA T – TUNNELS
031. MAJID – THE LAW (PART 1)
032. MARLA JOY GETTING BY
033. REIGN FT. SHI WISDOM
034. COLD SPECKS – WINTER SOLSTICE

Aneemah’s Spot Media
Web: www.aneemahsspot.com | Twitter: @aneemahsspot | Soundcloud: aneemahsspot
YouTube: www.youtube.com/aneemahsspot


ANEEMAH’S SPOT Presented at TD THEN & NOW 2014

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MOTIONLIVE presents ANEEMAH’S SPOT
at the 2014 B.A.N.D / TD Then & Now Festival

 

@ Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
Feb 8th 1pm & 8pm

 

@ 918 Bathurst Centre, Toronto
Feb 14th 1pm & 8pm
Feb 15th 1pm & 8pm
Feb 16th 1pm

 

ANEEMAH’S SPOT is a stylistic mix of stealthy dialogue, rhyme and spoken word. The funeral of “G” brings Aneemah and Wan together to mourn and share their histories, as they are forced to let go of the past and choose how they will navigate life, either apart or together, from this moment on.

 

Written by Motion, and directed by Charles Officer, the award-winning production stars Amanda Parris and Shomari Downer and features an infectious sound-scape by DJ L’Oqenz that pulsates like the city that birthed it.

 

Written by Motion
Directed by Charles Officer
Music Director DJ L’Oqenz
Producer Byron Abalos
Production Design Hanna Puley
Stage Manager Jiv Parasram
Production Associate Faduma Gure
Production Associate Verle Thompson

Co-Sponsored by Obsidian Theatre

 

TIX : $15 – $25
Follow @aneemahsspot for promos & special codes