Roger Robinson: Music & Poetry

Co-curator of  Straight Out The Box and all-round poetry legend, Roger Robinson, gives us a run-down of his top ten inspirational tracks, showing the combined power of music and poetry…

Here are the ten poetry and music collaborations that made me realise that poetry wasn’t just in books.
These tracks have affected my life and my thoughts. Some of them for more than decade.
I hope you enjoy.

Antipop Consortium : Rinseflow

2. Trimbal : Confidence Boost

3. Saul Williams / DJ Krush : Coded Language

4. Mike Ladd : Feb 4 99 (For Those Killed By Cops)

5. Ka : Up Against Goliath

6. Tricky : Hell Is Round The Corner

7. Anthony Joseph : She is The Sea

8. Linton Kwesi Johnson : Fite Dem Back

9. Carl Hancock Rux: Languid Libretto

10. Vast Aire second verse that starts at 3mis and 31 seconds in from Cannibal Ox: Iron Galax


BLOG-SOTB Roger will be hosting the next Straight Out The Box on Wednesday 11 May,  7.30pm at Pop Brixton. A night of breaks, beats & poetry featuring mosh pit  organiser sometimes poet, Caleb Femi; streetwise storytelling with a beat Dean  McCaffrey; words of wisdom from Kayo Chingonyi; plus musical graffiti from  MOOZ.

 Last month sold out, so make sure you get your tickets now – book here!