Henry Ifeanyi popularly known as Lyrical HI is a spoken word Poet, song writer, scripts writer and also one who ministers the word of God through rap music. He is among those artist that goes beyond speaking the word, he illuminates it, set it on fire, and let it burn in your mind.
You need to take your time and listen to his songs, they’re powerful and meaning.
Biography of Lyrical HI
Henry Ifeanyi aka Lyrical HI, is the first son of Mr. & Mrs. Tobias Mbachu from Ehime, Mbano Local Government Area in Imo state.
He was born in Zaria, Kaduna State in the early 90’s and raised in Abuja and is a member of the Loveworld Music and Art Ministry Loveworld Nation a.k.a Christ Embassy.
He is a graduate of Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Imo State, where he studied mass communication and currently Studying History and Diplomatic Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
What is Spoken word poetry?
Spoken word refers to an oral poetic performance art that is based mainly on the poem as well as the performer’s aesthetic qualities.
Spoken word is indeed entertaining and that’s what Lyrical HI is good at. For over five years now, he has been blessing lives with poetry. He has written so many beautifully constructed pieces addressing the current situation of the country, salvation layered with love and hope.
Gatmash.com reveals an exclusive interview by THERESA MOSES with the Port Harcourt based spoken word artist, Lyrical HI.
Describe for someone who has never heard of what spoken word poetry is?
Spoken word is a poetic performance art that is word-based. It is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of word play such as intonation and voice inflection.
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How were you introduced to spoken word poetry?
I have been doing Rap music for a while, but in 2015 when I went to church for choir rehearsal, one of my church coordinators in BLW Campus ministry picked my jotter after he went through it, he asked for the owner of the jotter I indicated, he advised me to do spoken words, that he see me going far with it if I can give more attention to it..
I gave it a trial and the rest is history.
What does it take to be a spoken word poet?
You need to be blessed with the gift of thought, your ability to turn experiences of what you have encountered and the happening around you structure it for better understanding infusing some creativity in it, and also watch does who inspire you in that field, it will help you go a long way.
What were your best and worst moments in your career?
The best is yet to come, the worst I haven’t experienced any for now because every day comes with its own challenge.
Tell me about your first time performing.
It just happened, because I am already used to the stage as a rap artist.
Where you once a cultist or belong to any fraternity?
No, but while on campus in the Polytechnic in the hostel I stayed some of the folks where frate members and some of them lost their lives in cult clashes.
What is your favourite line of your own poem and your favourite poem you have written?
Every line of my spoken words piece is favourable and dear to me… I put premium on words but the Initiation is very significant because it took me three years to write.
What do you aspire to as a professional poet?
To change lives with my craft and the ideology of the world.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Alot of good things are happening to me as a result of the Initiation.
What have you found most challenging about spoken word poetry in Nigeria
The craft is not appreciated that much in this part of the world like music but by the grace of God and with folks like me there will be a change.
What would you say to someone wanting to get involved in spoken word poetry?
Be inspired to write about what you have experienced and encountered, because it will help people connect to your performance.
Where can we find you online?
Facebook page: Lyrical HI, Instagram: @lyrical_hi, YouTube: Lyrical HI,
Messages to our readers?
Whatever you want to do that will change the course of humanity positively get to the apex of it, let God be your first priority. Only do things that will bring glory to him.