First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2018 – Semi Finals

It’s that time of year again!

Spoken word artists of various ages and stages prepared three minute pieces for the preliminary rounds of the First Citizens National Poetry Slam, all with their eyes set on $80,000 in prizes!

Of the one hundred and fifty (150) first round competitors, forty (40) of them were selected to advance to the second round of the competition – semi finals.

The semi finalists were split into two groups of twenty (20) each. The first group of semi finalists performed their new pieces on Sunday 11th March and the following group did the same almost a week later. Saturday 17th March at Central Bank Auditorium.

Semi-Finalist spoke on topics such as parenting, colourism, going against the system, innocent victims of murder and other various crimes and – barbers, haircuts and Fay Ann’s toes – yes, you read that correctly. Local spoken word poets have an ever expanding range of topics that they speak about. 

The list of semi-finalists follows below:

FCNPS 2018 – Semi-Final 1 (20)

Gabriella Bernard
Veshmatie Ramlokhan
Michael Logie
Brendon O’Brien
Shakir Gray
Carissa Rodulfo
Alliyah Jackson
Celeste Fortune
Che Riley
Marcus Millette
Seth Sylvester
Miguel Jagarnath
Sharifa Selman
Marcus Abraham
Oshun Trim
Carlon George
Dominique Friday
Deja Lewis
Davon Musgrave
Deneka Thomas

 

FCNPS 2018 – Semi-Final 2 (20)

Kwasi Shade
April Forde
Kirby Moses
Jonathon Dennis
Jillian Smith
Dellon Mathison
Romero Gowrie
Ahmad Muhammad
Regina Joseph
Idrees Saleem
Zakiya Gill
Emmanuel Villafana
Shimiah Lewis
Nicholas Khan
Lillian Searles
Akile Wallace
Alexandra Stewart
Kyle Hernandez
Angelo Hart
Shineque Saunders

 

With less than a week until the final face-off, here’s the list of the finalists:

FCNPS 2018 – Finalists (15)

Ahmad Muhammad
Akile Wallace
Alexandra Stewart
Brendon O’Brien
Carlon George
Davon Musgrave
Deja Lewis
Dellon Mathison
Deneka Thomas
Idrees Saleem
Jillian Smith
Kyle Hernandez
Marcus Abraham
Marcus Millette
Shineque Saunders

Defending Champion (1)

Camryn Bruno

 

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