VOTING FOR THE URBAN GRIOTS AWARDS NOW OPEN NOMINEES AND VOTING BALLOT ANNOUNCED AWARD CEREMONY 3 APRIL 2009 @ VARSITY THEATER (MPLS) Quick Link to the Urban Griots Awards Voting Ballot: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/118841/urbangriotsawardsvoting Quick Link to the Urban Griots Awards Show at the Varsity: – Myspace: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=60157230&blogId=480280 – Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/business/dashboard/?ref=sb#/event.php?eid=64617956274&ref=mf You may have heard the buzz [...]
An evening of historic recognition, noted nominees, awards, music and dance highlighting the magnitude of the celebrated Spoken Word community in the Twin Cities and beyond. Not to be missed performances by Twin Cities finest spoken word artists, bands, and DJs. The official 2009 National Poetry Month kick off, this evening is one of the most culturally diverse artistic gatherings held this year. A night to Celebrate and Remember!!
The art of spoken word is an ancient art form rooted in the oral tradition recognized in the griot tradition of Africa, the bardic tradition of Europe and the Middle East, the itinerant Tamil poets of India and the cantos singers of South America. Spoken word as it is practiced today is a rhythmically based performance of poetry that is steeped in influence of these traditions. Recognizing the rise of spoken word as an art form in the community in the last 10 years, the Minnesota Spoken Word Association presents the Twin Cities first symposium dedicated to the art of spoken word.