Sunday, February 25, 2018

Poetry for Christ

US spoken word artistes for weekend shows


REACHING THE EARS OF YOUNG, OLD: Spoken word artiste Janette...ikz.

Mark Fraser

Popular US-based spoken word artistes MissTerious Janette...ikz (Mysterious genetics) and lyrical evangelist Ezekiel Azonwu will be among the guests in the upcoming  Real@1ship presented by J Errol Lewis and his Renaissance Productions team.

The show, which will also feature local gospelypso singer Sean Daniel along with dancers and singers from Renaissance, is scheduled for Queen’s Hall on June 20-22.

A skilled musician who teaches domestic and international students at the Lyricists Lab, Janette...ikz emerged on the scene through the P4Cm (Passion for Christ Movement) ministry.

She is best known for her poetry, but she is also a singer, rapper and dancer and uses every gift given to her in her ministry. 

Janette...ikz also owns a performing arts company and is the worship leader at her home church in Los Angeles and has ministered alongside the likes of Donnie McClurkin, Kierra Sheard, Yolonda Adams and Kirk Franklin.

As a girl, she went through a series of abuse—from sexual to physical and verbal. 

“I encountered years of molestation in addition to being beaten so badly I was unable to attend school for a week and a half,” she said on her website.

“This is warfare. Struggles separate those who talk from those who will....I know and understand if I’m faced with whatever IT may be, then He has equipped me with enough to handle it.” 

Now, Janette...ikz’s poetry reaches the ears of the young and old. Her most influential, “I Will Wait For You”, in which she waxes eloquent about waiting for the right life partner, instead of choosing someone just because she is single, currently has over two million views (and counting) on YouTube.

Lewis, the leader of Renaissance Productions, said he wanted to contract Janette...ikz to perform at his show for some time.

“She was the first spoken word person I heard before (fellow spoken word artiste Jackie Hill, whom Lewis brought here in 2012 and again last year).

“The first time someone put me on to Janette...ikz video I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t get her at the time I wanted her to come; but with the theme being on relationships this year, I just couldn’t resist.”

Janette...ikz also has a piece titled “Ready or Not” which teams her up with Ezekiel Azonwu. It’s a powerful piece littered with analogies that tell of the second coming of Jesus Christ for His bride—the church.

The man who coined the phrase lyrical evangelism, Azonwu used to do freestyle (rap) battles at high school when, after becoming a Christian, he decided to do more with his talent. He released the album Fully Delivered in 2008 and became one of the many voices on  the P4CM spoken word artiste roster.

A married father, Azonwu’s passion is to ignite hearts for Jesus Christ using his gift, his bio said.

J Errol Lewis, who is looking forward to this Renaissance’s 27th production, said the theme Real@1ship was something that God laid upon his heart.

“Our society is going through all kind of trauma and at the seat of all this is relationship—with God and with each other. 

“Relationship is at the core of all the ills of society and we need to pause and look at the relationship we have with each other and the relationship we have with God.”

He added that, as a bonus, ticket holders for the Saturday night show can take advantage of  free spoken word workshops which Janette..ikz and Azonwu will host on the morning of June 21 between 10 and 12. 

Those with tickets for the Friday and Sunday night shows, Lewis said, will have to pay a small fee if they want to be a part of it.

Lewis said patrons of the show can look forward to another great production from Renaissance as the team is hard at work rehearsing to give the best three nights of entertainment.

Tickets are on now on sale and Renaissance Productions is on Facebook.