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Hammer & Tongue Ft Zena Edwards and Stephen Lightbown


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Another month, another slam.
We will be graced by 8 wonderful slammers who will compete to be a part of the regional final in June.

HEADLINER: Zena Edwards
Zena Edwards is a poet and performer who uses song, movement and global influences as a jump-off for her words.
She defines the fusion of poetry and music by including traditional African-instrumentation (the Kalimba and Kora) and new technology,. She fuses Jazzy Hip-Hop grooves, heavily influenced by her world music collaborations, with South African musicians including Pops Mohamed, one of her most important mentors.

SUPPORT: Stephen Lightbown
In 1996 Stephen, aged 16, experienced a life changing accident and is now paralysed from below the waist. In 2016, twenty years after the accident, Stephen started writing poetry about life as a wheelchair user. He has since spoken at events across the UK and in 2019 his debut poetry collection will be published by Burning Eye Books.

Fancy Slamming? Know Your Rules:

Slammers are chosen at random from the sign-up list to perform – spoken word only, no music, no props. Each competitor has 3 minutes from the time they start talking on the mic. After 10 seconds’ grace period, they start losing points (1 point for every 10 seconds!). At the end, they’re given points out of 10 by 5 judges chosen from the audience, while the top and bottom scores are removed to ensure fairness. The slammer gets a score out of 30, and the competition moves on.

The winner of that evening’s competition goes through to the Regional Final (the Cambridge one tends to be held in September), and the winner (and runner-up) of the Regional Final goes through to the National Final. The winner of the National Final gets crowned H&T National Slam Champion.