Dzyadzorm Tackles Social Issues with Spoken Word

Gameli Hamelo September 04, 2014


The ever-growing Spoken Word/Poetry community in Ghana boasts of many talented acts. One of these artists is Vanessa Akua Medie (pictured). The Ghanaian–Liberian Spoken Word artist goes by the stage name Dzyadzorm, which is an Ewe name meaning, “I am happy.”

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Dzyadzorm’s journey as a spoken word artist began with the writing of her own pieces as well as watching performances from J.Ivy, Black Ice, and Sunni Peterson, which encouraged her to give Spoken Word a shot.

It’s been a year and few months since her first performance on Y FM’s “Poets on Y FM,” a local radio station.

So far, she’s performed at Jojo Abot and the Phunky Phew concert; Ehalakasa Talk Party’s Vanessa Akua MediePepublikasa; Open Mic Night at N’Daba Music & Acoustic Poetry; Elikplim Akorli’s book launch for A Heart’s Quest, where she has been featured on several episodes of Chorkor Heights’s Live on the Terrance; Live In Accra Jazz festival Cadence; and most recently, at Fashion Fuse’s night of fashion and poetry.

Dzyadzorm’s debut spoken word piece was “Phases,” an expression of self-growth, pain, and a resolve to transform. Then she followed it up with “Hush,” a piece on the confusion that can sometimes surround female sexuality.

Watch Dzyadzorm perform “Stay” here:


What other issues does she address in her pieces?

“Mostly social issues stemming from personal experiences and aspirations. My plan is to expand my horizon as far as themes are concerned in order to be seen as a diver artist rather than a just a romantic one. [To] date, one of my pieces I’m most proud of is ‘War’ and its implications on a body of people.”

Watch Dzyadzorm’s “War” here:


Dzyadzorm’s main goal is “to be better. Live better, write better, and perform better. I believe that the opportunities to go beyond Ghana and Africa will present itself.”

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Last Edited by:Abena Agyeman-Fisher Updated: September 4, 2014


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