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SPOKEN WORD: Condemned Leisures by Koba

Koba (Born Joden Joseph-Wright) is a poet and spoken word performer, who has recently recorded a performance of Condemned Leisures, a catalogue of introspective spoken word pieces touching on a wide range of issues that impact young men, from delinquency and fatherhood, to personal insecurities, relationships and mental health.

Koba portrait

In this powerful and thought-provoking new piece, Koba expresses his conflicted morality that pans between his aversion and distress due to cultural, social and religious pressures.  Offering an intuitive yet self indulgent analysis of the facade we put on our insecurities, Koba is torn between love and lust, soul searching whilst manifesting his awareness for the idealistic appearance and or demeanour of both genders, suggesting we emancipate ourselves and eradicate these ideologies that could therefore cause various disorders such as bulimia or anorexia.

He then highlights the turmoil that continues to encompass adolescent delinquency which habitually occurs within single parent homes. This pressures male youths to fill the shoes of distant fathers in order to pay homage to the maternal parent, which commonly in the black community is the mother.  Alongside materialistic infatuations, Koba goes on to say that, “what is depicted as just a ‘postcode wars’, is looked upon as a survival regime to many”, in which he believes these pensive indigents who either shy or turn away from employment and seek a living through other means, risk suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).”

To conclude, Koba tackles the controversy about the deficiency and miscommunication in Mental Health care, and begs the question, “who’s next?” to fall victim to the fatal reality he addresses.

Listen to the powerful and thought-provoking CONDEMNED LEISURES here:


Writer/performer:Koba
Producer: Joshua Domfeh

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