Tongue Fu calls up the big guns this month for a no holds barred bout of finely honed, lyrical trickery, from three of the best – David J, Luke Wright and Lyric L, all performing to jaw-dropping improvised soundtracks from the Tongue Fu Band.
Luke Wright is the hardest working man in poetry. Prolific, provocative, annoyingly smart and side-splittingly funny, he’s been writing and performing at a relentless pace for ten years. Luke programmes and hosts Latitude Festival’s poetry arena, and is poet-in-residence on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. In 2009 he wrote the poetry for Channel 4’s The Seven Ages of Love. A founder of Aisle 16 he has four solo poetry stage shows and his first book, Who Writes This Crap?, co-written with Joel Stickley, was published by Penguin in 2007. Multiple UK tours, TV/Radio appearances, this poet never sleeps. http://www.lukewright.co.uk
“The best young performance poet around.” The Observer
What David J “The Vocal Pugilist” does, shouldn’t really be possible. Those who have seen him are still trying to figure out how he does it. Poetry, hip hop, live cinema/ storytelling, political polemics, remixed in multiple voices simultaneously. Verbal gymnastics, kick-ass delivery, European tours, features on BBC Radio 4, Choice FM, Capital FM, legendary gigs at Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, David J is a cult phenomenon. http://www.myspace.com/davidj14
“Part Benjamin Zephaniah and part Mark Thomas, seeking to expose the comfortable lies that help to cover uncomfortable truths." The Independent
Lyric L is rapper, poet and singer songwriter with a reputation as one of UK Hip-Hop’s leading female MC’s. Walking a very funky line between spoken word and the world of House, Breakbeat and Neo Soul she has recorded and toured with, amongst others, Bugz In The Attic, Nathan Haines and Mark De Clive Lowe, supporting such masters as The Roots, Big Daddy Kane, Omar and Ty and has featured on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide album. You know she’s going to rock Tongue Fu!
Also featuring Last Mango In Paris – Tongue Fu’s prankster poetic polemicist in residence. http://lastmangoinparis.net/
Hosted by Chris ‘Ventriloquist’ Redmond
“One of THE names to drop whenever spoken word is on the agenda.” Apples & Snakes
Thursday 20th May 2010
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
www.richmix.org.uk or 020 7613 7498 for tickets
£7 / £5 conc entry
Doors 8pm / Show 8.30pm
"It’s poetry, but not as you know it…amazing to listen to…a really quirky take on traditional poetry readings." The Guardian
“the best poetry night in London” WriteOutLoud.net http://Youtube.com/tonguefutales