Plumbline – Spoken Word Crusader

Posted on Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 1:20 PM

By Jibola L

Spoken Word is a relatively new sub-culture in Nigeria. Its performance and appreciation has had a bit of an underground cult following i.e. It is not mainstream as yet. However, it has grown in leaps and bounds to say the least. Events such as The Anthill 2.0; Chill and Relaxat Zamunda; British Council’s WaPi – Words and Pictures; and Bez‘s Taruwa play a pivotal role to its steady growth.

Sage Has.son was arguably the first to put it on the map commercially, with his two critically acclaimed albums The Poet and Twinkle Twinkle Superstar.

Enter stage left: Plumbtifex.

Plumbtifex is one of a growing number champions of the Spoken Word crusade. As a person, he embodies an activist in all that he is. His dissatisfaction with all that is wrong with the Nigerian situation and general societal ills already mark him different. Add a little spoken word to that and you get a true crusader.

He is a Regular Spoken Word performer at Taruwa, Anthill, and hosts a Spoken Word event, Chill and Relax at Zamunda, VI. He was also one of the Poets at Rhyme and Reasons for Jos, a gathering of Artists and Comedians to decry the Jos violence

E Ba Mi Kiwon (3 Letters) is one such track, featuring the Harmonizers, a live Orchestral Band, with the vocal support of Femi Jubal (vocalist for Sage Has.son). It is a Crime Story and the experience of an immigrant on the Streets of Lagos.

Click Play to Listen to Plumbline – E Ba mi Kiwon

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  • 24 Comments on “Plumbline – Spoken Word Crusader”

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    • Lulufa Vongtau August 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

      my man, you time is coming, when spoken word graduates from the underground to front and center stage……Im your greatest fan and i know how much more you have to give to prod this generation in the right direction. Keep fighting bruv…….

    • wells August 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM

      Big ups plumbline!I guess the name says it all! Plumbline rules underground and he his gonna burst open into your homes to give you living water!ema ba mi kiwon is a fine work of poetry thanx brov!

    • Emmy August 30, 2010 at 3:54 PM

      Listened to d song several times, must unusual lyrics,great sound track. worth listenin 2.

    • Myne Whitman August 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM

      I liked the ending with the sound effects. Well done!

    • Aeedeeaee August 31, 2010 at 9:37 AM

      Yeees! Eba mi ki won is a personal favourite. JJP, Well done!

    • teeboy August 31, 2010 at 6:17 PM

      good job and i think we need more of this in Nigeria, most especially on our politics.

    • Seun September 1, 2010 at 11:07 AM

      Plumbline is incredible…his eye for detail and the way he elucidates his concern for the Nigeria of the future just leaps at you from that deceptively mellow voice.
      Keep it going mah man…you cannot be stopped.

    • Chiedu Ifeozo September 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM

      I loved it man, as usual, you’re always on point! And the combination with Femi’s vocals is superb.

    • Dro Ameh September 1, 2010 at 1:10 PM

      We got ties. Plumbline is the man – memorize the name.

    • Dro Ameh September 1, 2010 at 1:12 PM

      He performed this track at Celebrity Read. nice.

    • georgeenah September 1, 2010 at 1:58 PM

      I never get tired of listening to e ba mi ki won,its a classic. Plumbine you’re the best!

    • Everyday Poetry September 1, 2010 at 2:31 PM

      Ahh! this is really good! Kudos Man!

    • Ade-oyinleye September 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

      Great work! keep it up

    • Bayoo September 1, 2010 at 5:16 PM

      hey bro..dis here is sizk….nice story line + well digestible lyrics…. one love bro.. when it comes to poetry..U kow ur my mentor.. expecting more of this bro

    • Alexander Akaahs September 2, 2010 at 1:24 AM

      Truly, when I grow up in this, I want to be just like you. god will take you there no doubt. Keep up the good ‘words’!

    • Ik Jpy-Uzor September 2, 2010 at 1:30 AM

      And they call the Spoken Word underground?! This is more like impugning understatement. Do keep speaking those combinations of high words.

    • tosyn September 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM

      im loving this so much that i have it on repeat!
      Go Plumbline

    • 'Dolapo September 2, 2010 at 6:57 PM

      Thank you for introducing this genre of Art to us who knew nothing of it.
      It is indeed a liberating experience to find expression in Spoken word.
      You are an inspiration.
      Keep it real!

    • Rez September 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM

      Now this is the shitznit i tell you. Spoken word is here to stay and Plumb holds the fort ! Creativity at a very high crescendo. Plumb is the art!

    • Misi September 3, 2010 at 4:22 PM

      I am proud of you !

    • Veronny September 6, 2010 at 4:33 PM

      Do your thing bro. Much luv n positivity..

    • Five September 7, 2010 at 11:00 PM

      Plumbline is the truth!!! Nice one bruv

    • Olurin September 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

      1 thing av realised in life is dat wen knowledge speaks,wisdom listens.ur works makes me marvel if truly u r groomed here

    • Olulu February 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Plumbline rocks…..!!! Even 3 years after I first heard E ba mi ki won, it remains my personal favorite Spoken Word Piece any day, anytime.