Str8 Up: Word on the Street

SWF Beyond



3 Nov, Sat 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


The Arts House (TAH), Chamber
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This session is in English


Pooja Nansi


As former US president Barack Obama says, “The thing about hip-hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.” Issues of integration, empathy and intercultural dialogue are pre-eminent in the current age of discord. In this special event, writers, musicians and performance poets take to the stage to highlight the kindred spirit linking poetry, rap and hip-hop, and wrestle with the concerns that afflict our times.


William Beale

Australia - Singapore

William Beale is an Australian spoken word poet and the author/composer of They Call Us Loud (2015/2016). He has performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Esplanade, George Town Literary Festival, Ubud Writers Festival, White Night Melbourne and more. William is the former creative producer of the Slamalamadingdong poetry slam and co-founder of poetry open-mic event, If Walls Could Talk.

Photo Credit: Edvin Kempe

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Fatima Moumouni is a spoken word poet from Germany. Since 2011, she has been performing in Germany, as well as in international poetry slam competitions. She is active in the discourse on racism in Germany and Switzerland, and has developed a workshop concept on racism and language.

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Subhas Nair


Subhas is an independent rap and hip-hop artist from Singapore who seeks to use his music and lyricism to share his worldviews and engage with people from different walks of life. His debut mixtape, Man on a Mission, was released in January 2018. He is currently working on visuals for his debut album, Not A Public Assembly (2018), which tackles a range of socio-political issues.

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Deborah Emmanuel is a poet, performer and four-time TEDx speaker. She has written two books, When I Giggle in My Sleep (2015) and Rebel Rites (2016). She also makes music with Wobology, Mantravine, The Ditha Project and the producer Kiat. She creates movement pieces, teaches workshops, draws illustrations and devises independent theatre.

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Shivram Gopinath’s work has been heard at the SWF, Singapore Heritage Fest, Spore Art Salon, Lit Up Festival and more. He is the author of I Know You’re Upset, a photo-poetry book co-created with photographer Panagiotis Kotsidas. Shivram teaches spoken word at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity, curates and runs UltraSuperNew Gallery, and is the 2015 and 2016 Singapore National Poetry Slam champion.

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Jesse Oliver


Jesse Oliver is the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam champion in the adult category. He is also the new co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival in Newcastle, Australia. In 2018, he launched his rap/poetry show ‘Star-Crossed Poetry’ at Perth’s Fringe Festival and is publishing his first book. He uses spoken word to discuss his lived experiences of homelessness, gender transition and mental illness. 

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Akeem Jahat


Akeem Jahat is a rapper, songwriter and producer known for his raw streetwise works in the mixtape circuit. His highly-acclaimed 2014 mixtape release, SeluDOPE, steered the direction of the region’s rap movement. Known for his clever wordplay, unapologetic verses, fearless delivery and vivid storytelling, Akeem has collaborated with rap giants like Sonaone, Rap OG and Joe Flizzow.

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Vanessa Fernandez is a singer, radio presenter and music culture leader. She has performed at the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival (France), Laneway Festival (Singapore), BIGSOUND (Australia) and V-ROX (Russia). A part of audio-visual collective Syndicate, she has released the Vandetta EP and the Mindkiller EP. She has seven years of radio experience as a former presenter on 987FM and former programme director of Lush 99.5FM.

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Paul Kaller


Paul Kaller started out as a DJ in bars and clubs in the Boat Quay area (where he was christened DJ Paulsilver) and the Clarke Quay strip. In the late 2000s, he helmed at Mimolette and then at Kinki, while doing guest spots in Butter Factory, Blu Jaz, KuDeTa, Avalon and kyo. He has also played in a guest spot in New York’s Fat Buddha Bar. He is a part of the Matteblacc collective, which he co-founded with two other DJs in 2013. 

Pooja Nansi


The recipient of the Young Artist Award in 2016, Pooja Nansi is Singapore’s first Youth Poet Ambassador. She has published two poetry collections, Stiletto Scars and Love is an Empty Barstool. Her one-woman show, You Are Here, explores her own family’s history of migration. Her most recent work, Thick Beats for Good Girls (with Checkpoint Theatre), explores the intersections between feminism, ethnicity and hip-hop.

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