Street poet

  • Postcolonial art production

  • East London (South Africa)

Shamma aka “Smoked poets” is a Kashmiri street poet and performer from East London. Her main body of work relies upon collective participation with musicians, rappers, animators, visual artists and video artists. Using grass root projects and platforms in order to amplify working class and immigrant culture and art. Her poetry has been exhibited at the Tate Modern and San Francisco, South Asian cultural festival, focusing on diaspora arts. Smoked poets lyrics signify a fight between the contradictions of a hybrid culture and immigrant life in the east end. A blend of rhymes, slang and poetic philosophy, on a mixture of live oud production and lo-fi hip hop beats.

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Contributions by Shamma