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Somerset House Studios
Fri 02 Aug 2019

Deep End

POOL by Nadeem Din-Gabisi, Belinda Zhawi, James Massiah, Lord Tusk

Fri 02 Aug 2019
19.30 - 23.00
£8.00 / £7.00 concessions

Please note this is an 18+ event.

Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

An evening of poetry, performances and live music exploring Black diasporic identity.

deep end describes a body of water where the depth is greatest. It can also speak about emotional depth or the fluidity of water that represents movement and migration, change and the passage of time.

This event showcases the multimeadia project POOL, concieved by Somerset House Studios Resident Nadeem Din-Gabisi, examining the mental health issues of many young Black men, born in inner and outer London. Questioning why some sink, why some swim and why others don’t enter the POOL. Nadeem will be performing with Coby Sey, Momoko Watanabe Gill, Clara Sinephro and artist Kobby Adi

Zimbabwean-born London-based writer & educator Belinda Zhawi will be performing her poetry alongside South-London poet and DJ James Massiah. Master producer and sound curator Lord Tusk closes the night with a DJ set. 

Please note this is an 18+ event.


Belinda Zhawi
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer & educator currently based in London. Her work explores Afro-diasporic research & narratives; how art & education can be used as intersectional tools. She was the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet & is co-founder of, literary arts platform, BORN::FREE. Belinda is the author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018).

James Massiah
James Massiah is a poet & DJ from South London whose work explores ideas about sexuality, mortality & ethics through performance, writing & visual media. His latest project ‘Optimism 101’ is a series of 101 poems reflecting on stoicism, materialism, hedonism & excess, all written in January 2019, as a reflection on personal experiences from the previous year.

He has been commissioned to produce work for the BBC, the Guardian & Nike as well as featuring in campaigns for Selfridges, Loewe, Adidas & Champion. He has performed readings of his work at the Tate Modern, the Courtauld, the Institute of Contemporary Arts & the Houses of Parliament & been profiled in Vogue, Dazed, i-D & GQ. He has also curated events for Boiler Room & hosts the monthly ‘Poætry Show’ on NTS Radio

Nadeem Din-Gabisi
Studios resident Nadeem Din-Gabisi is a visual and sound artist, dj and poet. His work is centred around the re-presentation of the Black image, pertaining to people of African Descent and the limitlessness of what it means to be Black, other and more than that. His practice has been influenced by many years of work as a youth and play worker. Nadeem has recently completed his Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, performs regularly as part of the musical phenomenon Steam Down, and currently hosts a monthly radio show on NTS Radio. Nadeem has recently been collaborating with fellow artist Hadiru Mahdi at the George Padmore institute to realise an artistic response to their archive.

Nadeem is the recipient of the London Fields Brewery bursary, receiving a studio and an artist mentor to help develop his practice and projects over the next 12 months.


Lord Tusk
Lord Tusk is a master producer, sound curator and connoisseur of unplayed and eclectic Audio Waves. He has associated with acts like Klein, John T. Gast, Dean Blunt, Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def, and released on Jon Rust’s Levels, Funkineven’s Apron, Soul Jazz Records and Low Income $quad.