Abstract Benna is a South London-based storyteller and spoken word artist. He recently had his headline show 'Out of Darkness', which also served as his debut Audio Film (EP) launch. It paints a picture of the choices that were available to his younger self while growing up in the light and darkness of South London social housing culture.
Nurtured by a culture of storytelling, rap cyphers and the lyricism of his peers, Benna’s writing and performative skills evolved as he merged his love of authentic narratives with the rhythms and sounds of his environment. Honing his skills, he soon found himself sharing poems onstage, facilitating workshops and receiving corporate commissions. As this continued, Benna rapidly found himself needing to adapt to a variety of spaces and audiences. Out of Darkness is a reflective summary of this journey; growing up in inner city London and finding the tools to take on the unexpected.
An article I wrote for the Voice Newspaper online:
An article I wrote for I Am Hiphop: