Poetry is one of the genres that threw open its double doors to Nigeria long ago, and the resulting artists have produced some of the most powerful messages of the last decades. Fortunately, female artists have begun to populate genres that they were previously denied admission to with increasing frequency, but their impact on poetry remains integral.
AmisoThePoet is a Port Harcourt girl making experimental, thought-provoking poetry that’s impossible to put in a box. Audacity, her latest offering, is best consumed in one sitting, a collage of blunted lyricism, drawled spoken word, airy instrumental, and moments of beauty that emerge from the late night hedonism.
The soundscape of this piece mimics the landscape of Africa with compelling accuracy—a feat that reflects Amiso’s dedication to poetry and her ability to act as a conduit for her surroundings.
Production on the project comes from Kkardiak, but in the end the project is all about Amiso’s unique way with words. The rest of the world is still catching up, and Amiso’s got a lot to say.
She strikes a balance between assertive frontwoman with tales to tell, as she is gradually gaining momentum, confidence, and technical precision, Amiso is on the cusp of climbing out of her canyon and letting the current sweep her into the mainstream.