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John Akpata - Spoken Word Artist / Press

“Akpata is a man who's in love with the language and its power to turn art into a social and political force. When you listen to him flow, it's not hard to imagine that poetry really did once play the most vital role in public discourse.”

“John Akpata is a spoken word artist with a new full-length CD everybody loves, Kerheb. “The response to the disc, for me, has been overwhelming,” says Akpata. “I never thought that writing my thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper would lead to so much, it’s crazy.””

“We've had Akpata's disc at the office for a while. It's good. And he's promising near mayhem at Mercury Lounge this Friday March 31 (doors at 7 p.m.). Akpata will be accompanied on stage by a different musician for each poem he performs from his new CD, Kerheb”

“Frustrated by this political spoon-feeding, he believes that using poetry to offer a different perspective can empower people and initiate change. “When you express yourself it gives other people opportunity to do the same,” he says.”

“The finest hometown performances were, unfortunately, the least seen as John Akpata and Male Nurse delivered intimate performances at the Barney Danson Theatre. Spoken word artist Akpata and Quebexico guitarist Male Nurse delivered exceedingly literate, inspired sets”