Me and Ali Goolayad had a great time in London, performing at Somali week. There were plenty of Somali stars and stars in the making such as prince abdi (comedian) Aar Maanta (singer) with his band which consisted of two French guitarist A Nigerian drummer and a British drummer. Two young female poets from london and Birmingham who Were brilliant (Ruqayah) and the other ones name was Aisha There were some very influential hard working girls who have made two short films, one which we got to see, which was an insight of girls that use lightening skin products and on the flip side girls that use tanning products. The event was in Bethnal Green east London, anxiety kicked in around an hour before the show. When I saw how many people had turned up. From all different backgrounds, ethnicities, age, gender and views. Their was media coverage with Somali TV a photographer that goes back and forth from Somaliland, there was a lady called Kate Westonberg whose been to Somaliland a number of times and is a great photographer. Me and Ali rehearsed in the dressing room until we felt we mastered it. We met with all the other performers and the chemistry was magical. We went through the order of who goes on first and which act goes on the stage to perform. Ali was the first to perform and he blew the crowd away. His confidence and delivery was top notch the audience were ecstatic every one applauded with delight. He made me proud. My name was introduced by prince abdi, so I ran down the stairs to recite my poems. i found it easier than i thought it be as soon as I performed my first poem and heard everyone applaud. I Somali week 2013

Me and Ali Goolayad had a great time in London, performing at Somali week. There were plenty of Somali stars and stars in the making such as prince abdi (comedian) Aar Maanta (singer) with a band which consist of two French guitarist A Nigerian drummer and a British drummer. Two young female poets from london and Birmingham who Were brilliant ones name was Ruqayah and the other ones name was Aisha. Also their were some very influential hard working girls who have made two short films, one which we got to see, which was an insight of girls that use lightening skin products and on the flip side girls that use tanning products. The event was in Bethnal green east London, anxiety kicked in around an hour before the show. When I saw how many people had turned up. From all different backgrounds, ethnicities, age, gender and views. Their was media coverage with Somali TV a photographer that goes back and forth from Somaliland. Me and Ali rehearsed in the dressing room until we felt we mastered it. We met with all the other performers and the chemistry was magical. We when through who goes on first and which order each act goes on the stage to perform. Ali was the first to perform and he blew the crowd away. His confidence and delivery was top notch the audience were ecstatic every one applauded with delight. He made me proud. My name was introduced by prince abdi, so I ran down the stairs to recite my poems. i found it easier than i thought it be as soon as I performed my first poem and heard everyone applaud. I started enjoying myself and began living in the moment. I'm ready to start doing more spoken word performances. I'd like to say thanks to everyone at Ntw especially johnathon, Devinda, Gavin porter and Gurey salaban. I'm ready to start doing more spoken word performances.

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Comment by Ahmed I Hassan on November 3, 2013 at 18:03
P.s I've only just realised that I said johnathon instead if John holmes lol. The automatic spell check app is annoying at times like these. (blunder)
Comment by Ahmed I Hassan on November 2, 2013 at 10:42
Thank you Christina that's very kind It was a wonderful experience, perhaps I can tempt you guys in coming to the next one if we are Invited lol. Mr porter my good friend I'll see you in the next word 4 word, I took long enough right lol. I definitely feel we did Wales proud in London John. Ali was his wonderful self loving every moment of it. He performed fresh material that was mind blowing content. I performed five new ones and one of my old ones called "who am I". In which I talk about how I was born in Wales to Somali parents and I'm questioning myself. I can send you the new poems to if you like.

Thanks again guys for the positive feed back
Comment by Christina Handke on October 28, 2013 at 15:43

This sounds great. You should do more spoken word performances, I for one love your poetry.

Comment by Gavin Porter on October 27, 2013 at 20:58

See you at the next Word4Word?

Comment by Gavin Porter on October 27, 2013 at 20:57

Go on Ahmed! Proud of you my friend.

Comment by National Theatre Wales on October 26, 2013 at 22:59

Great to hear that it went so well Ahmed - sounds like you did Wales proud in London!  What poems did you and Ali perform?  Did you write any new ones for this occasion? J

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