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No holding back at Outspoken

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
Oku Onuora
St Andrew Technical High School students listen closely to the words of NMJ Curatorial Assistant, Abbebe Payne, as he leads them on The SJF sponsored Reggae Month tours of 'Rastafari'.
Samuel Gordon
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For the third staging of the monthly poetry event, Outspoken, held at Nanook, 20 Burlington Avenue, St Andrew, Deline Campbell and Joan Webley came up with a 'Three The Hard Way' line-up.

Oku Onuora, Samuel Gordon and Abbebe Payne are the poets who will be on stage with reggae artiste Toke, who was born in Indonesia and has deep German connections, slated to do an acoustic set.

"They are all unique and have contributed something to poetry, and shown the world that Jamaica has something to offer," Campbell said.

Added to that is the commitment they have shown their art over time.

Of course, they are expected to be outspoken in their delivery, and Campbell sees this as contributing something to the audience outside of appreciation of their poems.

inspiring courage

"People are still shy, holding back from saying what they want to say. With these people, it will give them extra courage to go up and say what they want to say," Campbell said.

There will be ample opportunity for audience members to be outspoken, as the event will feature three open-mic segments. Campbell hopes for a larger audience than previous stagings, conceding that the December turnout was low, but noting that last month's audience was larger.

"W are hoping that, for this show, the turnout will be better and will kick-start us," Campbell said.

However, no matter how many show up at Nanook tomorrow night, she is adamant that Outspoken will be maintained.

"No matter the numbers, this event will be there next month and the month after," she said. "No matter what, Outspoken will be there."

The April programme has already been planned. Campbell intends to do Poets Pass, where the work of "... poets who passed on last year, and the poets who have set the path for those who come after them", will be featured.

Admission to Outspoken tomorrow night is $300. It starts at 8 p.m. and goes up to about midnight or 1 a.m. Nanook has its own parking facilities.

Last month, Outspoken presented Powerful Women of Poetry, featuring Cherry Natural, Ze Noir and Damali Adele Ife.

The series started in December with Sage, YuriVerse and the Head Cornerstone Band and Vernon DaCosta. There was no show in January.

Outspoken is co-produced by Nanook Enterprise and Electro-Rock Events, and is the only poetry event which the latter does, as it focuses on alternative rock and heavy metal music.

"It (Outspoken) came about through a personal passion of mine," Campbell

said.