Sunday 31st May
Lockdown with Levi
It’s more important than ever to feel inspired, connected and uplifted. What better way to end WoWFest: Lockdown with Liverpool’s urban Griot Levi Tafari. A good friend of Writing on The Wall, this performance will bring together our favourite Levi poems into a rhythmic, vibes-filled performance, celebrating the power of art and creativity to connect us in these isolating times.
An internationally touring artist, Levi Tafari is a crucial, rhythmic, poetic, consciousness raiser and urban griot. Levi was born and raised in the city of Liverpool by his Jamaican parents. In his teenage years, he became known for being a sharp, lyrical observer as he regularly verbalised on the many sound systems in and around his hometown. Levi’s work is deeply rooted in the oral tradition. He passionately believes that poetry should not just stay on the page and that the tongue was the very first instrument.
Levi has four collections of his poetry published and his work has been included in many anthologies. He was the first person to use the term “DUBOETRY” which was the title of his first book. Several of his musical tracks can be found on compilation albums and he has recorded poetry, which has been released on audiocassette.
Levi Tafari's musical projects include work with Ghanaian drum and dance ensemble Delado, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and with his own reggae fusion band Ministry of Love. He has also played with Urban Strawberry Lunch and Griot Workshop and has recently worked with jazz musician Dennis Rollins.
All ticket donations from this event go to Fans Supporting Foodbanks, South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services and WoW.