The Harlem Branch, NYPL, Poets Network & Exchange, and yours truly Lorraine Currelley Founder/Executive Director hosted and presented Ngoma Hill: The Man, His Music and His Words. Visiting us from Atlanta, Georgia was our Special Guest Poet Tamara J. Madison. We were blessed with an afternoon of poetry by two phenomenal wordsmiths and the music of multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill.The program started with an invitation for attendees to introduce themselves to their neighbors.This was followed by a welcome, a brief history of Poets Network & Exchange and part one of the open mic. Facilitating the open mic was Poet Osunyoyin Alake Ifarike, who brought a wonderful energy and grace to the open mic as facilitator.
We came to experience an afternoon of poetry with with Ngoma Hill: performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and paradigm shifter. We were given so much more. Thanks to Ngoma Hill and Tamara J. Madison we were spiritually and culturally fed. Blessing and leaving us with an individual and collective community cultural healing. Poet Tamara J. Madison received an enthusiastic New York City welcome. She opened with a emotionally moving entry from her journal dedicated to her father whose birthday is today. Both poets poetic artistry, depth, breath, and powerful words caused us to rise from our seats applauding
and responding. The musicality of Tamara J. Madison’s jazz rythmns
graced her poems, and Ngoma Hill the great musicologist had us jumping from our seats dancing and swaying to the music rythmns ripping at our souls and heart.
Seated in our audience was the great legendary Bassist Henry Grimes
and his wife Margaret Grimes. Mr. Grimes surprised us by reading a few selections from his book of poems “henry grimes signs along the road poems.” What a magnificent musician and a lovely couple. Thank you
for sharing your gifts with us. Thank you, Ngoma Osayemi Ifatunmesie, Tamara J. Madison, Osunyoyin Alake, our photographers and videographer Edward D. Currelley, William Washington and Vaseah Dupree. Thank you open mic participants for sharing your words. Thank you Harlem Branch, NYPL and Poets & Writers.
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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