Review: The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Acclaimed poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah. Photo: Contributed

Acclaimed poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Robert Wright hears a humorous and thought-provoking performance from dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

It was a case of 'never a dull moment' with the most interesting and stimulating Benjamin Zephaniah in this Bury Festival show. His dub poetic style grows on you, with some of his writings going back to when he was eight years old. Benjamin says he writes exactly how he feels at the time.

His humour is infectious, maybe to mask the hurt and pain of racial discrimination that he and others suffered years ago. He talks fondly of his mother who was part of the Windrush generation.

The show was a sell-out, with many students clearly captivated by his thoughts and how he puts them across. However, this was a performance which resonated across all generations.

His happy, animated, style belied his passion for fairness for every kind of body, including animals and their right for a fair and equal existence. Thought-provoking stuff.

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