Tuesday, August 28, 2007

trabajando. working. hataraiteru.

Okay, I'm not technically hiding, but it's definitely been a while since I last updated. So, I'm posting today to affirm that I am still here.

Since the recent show at Temple Bar and the appearance on ABC's "i-Caught", I've been busy working behind the scenes on several projects -- projects that I can't yet talk about in detail. Don't worry, I won't have to keep everything under wraps for too much longer! I'm very excited about these projects, and I will be sure to keep you updated on what's happening when the time is right.

In the meantime, you can keep updated on my everyday stuff through Twitter! :)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Paul Dateh & Inka One to Appear on ABC Network!

Paul Dateh and Inka One will be featured on ABC's "i-Caught" this coming Tuesday, August 21st at 9pm!

What is "i-Caught"? Here's the show description, taken from the i-Caught website:
Every week, i-CAUGHT brings you the real stories - reporting on the real people - behind the videos that millions of us watch and share everyday.
So, set your box to ABC this Tuesday night, and join us in celebrating our primetime network television debut!

Our best wishes and thanks to the entire i-Caught team for inviting us to be a part of the show!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Paul Dateh & The LIVE Movement at Temple Bar 8/18!

If you're in the Los Angeles area, come join me for my only summer show at home on Saturday, August 18th at Temple Bar in Santa Monica!

Since it's our only LA show for the summer, we're going to make sure that it's extra awesome: new material + special guest DJ inka one (you may know inka from our YouTube video)!

Paul Dateh and The LIVE Movement - with special guest DJ inka one
performing at Temple Bar Santa Monica (11th & Wilshire)
Saturday, August 18th, 2007 @ 9pm
for more info and directions

See you there!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The FlyPoet Showcase

"They say that it's now or never. I say that it is now. Not never. It is now." - Sekou the Misfit

Every month, I have the privilege of being part of an event called The FlyPoet Showcase. FlyPoet's main goal is to bring "underground talent" into the light and regularly features musicians, dancers, and spoken word artists from all around the country that are on the "up and up".

In the most recent showcase on this past Wednesday, the lineup included the incredible Sekou tha Misfit and Steven Connell.

Both Sekou and Steve were great when they performed solo. However, they decided to perform a joint piece at the end of the night, and it was beyond anything that I could have ever imagined.

They performed a piece on the concept of love, and while I have come to let myself believe that anything written about love is cliche and boring, they completely surprised me by presenting a seemingly unending list of new definitions for the word.

Poets have the ability to give new definitions to words that you thought you knew. With each new piece I hear, I feel as if I am being let in on a special hidden part of the English language; poetry allows us to enter an arcane place of communication that is otherwise inaccessible as we are distracted by the daily routines of our lives.

I love being a part of this event, not only because I have the opportunity to share my own work with others, but mostly because I get to see amazing poets perform. Spoken word is an art form that is largely ignored in the mainstream -- except for maybe when Maya Angelou speaks at a political event or when Def Poetry Jam airs on cable -- and it is an immensely powerful form of artistic expression that definitely deserves to be seen and heard.

Thanks to John Hensley, for putting together such a great event every month!