Carolina Slam Tour coming to Hayti
Dasan Ahanu, who leads the Bull City Slam Team, said he has good feelings as the team looks toward the National Poetry Slam in August. “It’s a brand new team. We’ve come a long way. I think we’ve got a lot of really good work,” he said.
The Bull City team will perform some of that new work Saturday at Hayti Heritage Center during the Carolina Slam Tour. The local team will perform and compete with
Slam Charlotte and the Marquis Slam team of Fayetteville. “It is a showcase,” Ahanu said. “The three teams compete against each other as a team preparation for competition at nationals.”
For the Bull City Slam Team, “it’s a chance to test pieces we’ll be working on for nationals,” Ahanu said.
The current Bull City Slam Team is Ahanu, Eric Thompson, Starr Seward, Lauren Bullock and Brandon Evans. Ahanu also leads the Jambalaya Soul Slam, a monthly spoken work competition at Hayti, and the current team was picked in April, drawn from competitions held since last August.
Since then, the team has been creating new poems, which Ahanu said address personal struggles and issues that are happening on a local and national level. Moral Monday, the ongoing protests of policies at the N.C. Legislature, is one of the latter topics. “That’s one of the things we’re talking about is how to address some of those issues and what we wanted to do.”
Saturday’s slam also will include guest performances from national spoken word artists 13 of Nazareth, from Alexandria, Va., and Pages d. Matam from Washington, D.C.
After Saturday’s slam, the Bull City team will go to Boston for the National Poetry Slam, to be held Aug. 13-17. The team will try to build on its success at past slams. The team made the semi-finals of the 2007 National Poetry Slam, and finished third in the 2010 slam. In 2012, the team finished second in the group piece finals at the national event.
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WHAT: Carolina Slam Tour
WHEN: Saturday, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
WHERE: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
ADMISSION: Tickets are $7. For ticket information, call 919-683-1709, ext. 28.