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Slamalamadingdong! November Open Slam feat. Buki Hannaway

  • The Melba Spiegeltent 35 Johnston Street Fitzroy Australia (map)

Slama acknowledges that our slam takes place in Naarm, on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, no treaty was signed and it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

It's our third fourth slam of the season, and that last one before our slam qualifier for women and non-binary poets is this the month you grace our stage with an important story to tell?

This month Buki Hannaway features for us. From the UK, she's been travelling around the world, and during her time visiting Melbourne, has been wowing spoken word audiences around the city.

If you want to slam, registration opens at 6.30pm sharp and closes at 6.45pm. It's $5 to enter but you get into the slam for free, even if your name isn't drawn. If your name isn't drawn, you can automatically get a spot in the slam for next month's slam. It has to be used the following month though.

The top 12 from the season qualify for the Grand Slam, and the top 4 from the Grand Slam get invited to be on the 2019 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team, competing in international or national tournaments.




Slam rego is 6.30-6.45pm
Doors Open 7pm
Slam starts 7.30pm
Early Bird: $15
Pre-Booking/Concession: $18
Adult/At Door Ticket: $20

Last July Buki left her home Birmingham UK, with a “sort of-kind of plan” to travel the world and find herself…as you do, right? If you ask her why she, she’d ask you “if you lived in a mansion, would you spend your life in your bedroom?” 

The attitude behind Buki’s decision to embark on this life changing journey, is ever present in her art. Her poetry oozes with an unmasked personal freedom, ignited by a burning desire for self exploration. Through the use of words she has always been able to exist in her rawest form. From a very early age Buki found solace in expressing her often turbulent reality on paper. Fast forward a few decades and her unique offering of Word, Sound and Power has seen her open up for the likes of intellectual wordsmith Akala and iconic Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka. 

Buki’s work is undeniably unapologetic, effortlessly emotive, and often deeply personal. Buki is an artist who writes from her own position of evolving truth. Buki infuses her diverse cultural background to unmask her unfolding journey, combining strength and vulnerability in her poetry. 

In the last year she has been busy navigating countless new environments, including 4 African countries and a 5 month stay in Thailand. Initially Buki thought she’d take to the stage in every country she visited, but this was not to be, as she got caught up doing the living that allows her to create. Unexpectedly, the buzzing spoken word scene in Melbourne Australia awoke the resting griot in Buki and she is now working on an EP for release next year.