Spotlight: REZ – This REzolution Will Be Televised
“You’re nothing without Focus…”
That was the opening line of the second track of the self-titled debut of the lyrical titans Slaughterhouse. Said by Crooked I, that ‘focus’ line was a double entendre, on one hand giving props to Focus who produced the track – and saying literally; that we’re all nothing with focus.
Meet REZ tha poet; that poet who’s set to set you on your backs as he stomps back!
Seriously though – if you’ve read This Ain’t Poetry and you recall Drums of War – he was the poet that guested on that piece. Pretty dope, huh?
Well, he’s here to share something that has been brewing for quite a bit behind the scenes – and finally the secret is out. The baby is born!
On I AM, lead single off the fresh album, REZ says:
Release Note: I AM (Spokenword Poetry) – REZthaPoet
On the back of recent performances in Paris and Cape Town, the renowned Nigerian Spokenword artiste/Poetographer REZthaPoet has just released a new Spokenword piece which is themed on identity and the celebration of heritage.
REZ’s poetry is distinctly Nigerian in topical exploration and in expression; yet, infused with elements of the traditional Yoruba ewi (poetry) that is very popular in West Africa, the South Americas (Brazil, Argentina etc.), the Caribbean Islands as well as everywhere else across the globe with roughly 65 million Yoruba speakers spread across. The Yoruba infusion to the English delivery is further spiced with doses of Pidgin in its delivery.
This distinct blend of Spokenword/Poetry is what REZ has consistently shared with diverse audiences across Nigeria and internationally, on platforms where he has been privileged to share his art alongside the best around the world in Spokenword, Poetry and Literature in general.
Having been on the road traveling a lot in the last 3 years, “I AM” is a spokenword expression that seeks to reinforce and encourage pride in one’s heritage and culture inspired by REZ’s experiences on the road. It also seeks to Introduce (or re-introduce) REZ in a different light to known audiences as well as to entirely new audiences.
“I AM” is off the EXPOSIT (Deluxe Edition) Album which is due for release in the coming weeks. Having released the EXPOSIT EP in November 2015 (you can listen here via Soundcloud or download here www.rezthapoet.com), the EXPOSIT LP (Deluxe Edition) is a full body of artistic expression which lovers of the arts, poetry and even music will enjoy.
As we prepare for the release of the full album in the next couple of weeks, enjoy this beautifully rendered Poetry and Spokenword piece along with the accompanying visuals (Lyric Video)
Watch Lyric Video: http://bit.ly/REZ_I_AM_Lyric_Video
To check previous releases: www.rezthapoet.com
REZthaPoet Afolabi (also known as Adebola Afolabi) is a Business Consultant, Process Implementation Consultant, Digital Technology enthusiast, Poet, Photographer and Spokenword Artiste, whose most preferred form of creative expressions are SpokenWord and Poetography (Poetry and Photography). He is well travelled, in course of which he has engaged a diverse client base across continents as well as shared his poetry with a diverse audience and across platforms.
He is well known in Nigeria, having read some of his poetry and performed spokenword at events for many notable weekly or monthly popular poetry events mainly around Lagos metropolis and in Abuja. The stages he has graced over the last 8 years include Freedomhall, Taruwa, Defunct GAP (in Abuja), ANA (in Abuja), Wordup, The Konscious Poetry lounge, Bespoke Poetry event, The Poetry Potter, The Anthill 2.0, Wordslam (Goethe Institute), W.A.P.I (British Council), Chill and Relax, Soul Nyt 2.0 and private Events and Occasions (Valentine events, weddings, birthdays, educational events for youths etc.).
More recently, he has consistently participated and performed at the Grounding Sessions (holding at different venues around Observatory area of Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa); he is also a participating Poet/Writer at the on-going Central Library Poetry Project, in Cape Town, South Africa. He also gave a guest Performance in Paris, at the Spokenword Paris event, in France to the delight of a diverse audience.
He was also a guest Poet on This Ain’t Poetry an anthology published by Seun Odukoya.
Some of his other poems have been published online on websites like http://www.outwardlink.net, others in Next-generation Magazine, as well as in the defunct Charlyboy bi-monthly magazine; he has also contributed content to several blogs and websites.
He is a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Ilorin. He is married with Children.
It is noteworthy to mention that he is presently recording his spoken-word poetry album together with a book for publishing, tentatively planned for release in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Facebook: Rezthapoet Afolabi