Vocals and Verses is celebrating their 4th year anniversary of showcasing upcoming spoken word artists, singer/song writers and many breathtaking talented individuals. Founder Benjamin Bennett explains: “We have so much talent in the UK, there’s so many fantastic artists in this country and this is like the grassroots, this is where they start. Shows like this is where they kind of begin their journey to the top”.
Benjamin, 25, founded Vocals and Verses creating the concept in his university bedroom: “I took that step and made it happen the first time. I did two events at uni then I breached out into London”. The main incentive is to expose a niche for the masses, a career-starter for artists and giving the people the opportunity to appreciate great artistry with spoken and live acts.
Being a poet, Benjamin realised he was inspired whilst travelling to different events to create his own project: “I took the initiative, I wrote down something, and that was the concept for Vocals and Verses essentially”.
Last Sunday, many talents from across the country and internationally, took part in the platform. London poet JJ Bola and Brooklyn born Shane Romero, educated and tease the audience with their amazing poems. Dionne Reid and Mullally covered songs like Marvin Gaye’s, “through the grapevine” and the Friends theme tune. Leaving the audience asking for more.
What is next for Benjamin and Vocals and Verses, “we’re and element that cultivates the scene,” he adds, ensuring an event each month and workshops for young people.