Sunday 20th May

Benjamin Zephaniah

Venue: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £28.50/£22.50 


After a storming performance of Revolutionary Minds last October, iconic artist and activist Benjamin Zephaniah returns to WoWFest with his autobiographical book The Life & Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah. Being unable to read in school, his poetry has brought him around the world and enabled him to do vital humanitarian work all detailed in the one story that encompasses it all; the story of his life. In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the streets protesting about unemployment, homelessness and the National Front, Benjamin’s poetry could be heard at demonstrations, outside police stations and on the dance floor. His mission was to take poetry everywhere, and to popularise it by reaching people who didn’t read books. His poetry was political, musical, radical and relevant.

By the early 1990s, Benjamin had performed on every continent in the world and he hasn’t stopped performing and touring since. Nelson Mandela, after hearing Benjamin’s tribute to him while he was in prison, requested an introduction to the poet that grew into a lifelong relationship, inspiring Benjamin’s work with children in South Africa. Benjamin would also go on to be the first artist to record with The Wailers after the death of Bob Marley in a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela. The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah is a truly extraordinary life story which celebrates the power of poetry and the importance of pushing boundaries with the arts.

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