The Origin of the Djele: Taalam Acey

Spoken Word Artists Taalam Acey was one of the feature presenters at the South-North Griots Summit in Toronto, May 28-31, 2015. Taalam has kindly made text from his presentation available on his blog, “Until 6 AM or Whenever You Leave.” Love that title! And if you have ever seen Taalam’s Cover art for one of his spoken word LPs, you will understand the scope and uniqueness of this man’s imagination!

To read Taalam’s insights on how to understand Spoken Word in the context of the origins of the Djele, you can click the link below:

Spoken Word: The Origin and Evolution of the Djele 

You can check Taalam’s website at

And to get an idea of Taalam on the mic, check this Youtube sample from Da Poetry Lounge in LA:
All Def Poetry

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