“I guess we are all just paper aeroplanes, navigating through a maze.”

My name is Lanatiaan, I’m 33 years old. I’m originally from Angola, I arrived in England in 1992. I was raised in East London most of my life but now live in South London. I’m a spoken word artist and music producer currently working on my own spoken word and music projects as well as collaborating with other artists.

What appeals to you about spoken word poetry?

The way it allows an individual to paint pictures through the power of words is what I find very intriguing about the art form of spoken word poetry. I’ve recently started to incorporate music in my spoken word pieces to add more depth.

What is your ‘message’ to society?

The overall idea I try to convey in most of my messages is empowerment, awareness, unity and love.

“The truth is lost in a game of Chinese whispers….We are prisoners in our own minds, torn between the truth and perception.” – Lanatiaan

A huge issue that society faces today is ignorance. We are at war with other countries but do you feel that a different type of war occurs amongst ourselves?

Oh yeah, for sure. I strongly believe as individuals we all have conflict going on internally. How we deal with it and the choices we make will determine the outcome. If you listen to my spoken word short film I created called ‘Believe’, it really tries to find an answer to this question.

Whether it’s in yourself or something, what is the importance of believing?

Whatever you believe in is what will inspire your perspective and philosophy of life itself. I’m a very spiritual person. Being a spiritual person gives me that inner peace and it also teaches me the importance of respecting another human being.

“Go back to your own country” cries out the ignorant man.  I take it I’m just the dirt staining your country. – Lanatiaan

The struggles of bullying, social injustice and immigration you speak of in your poetry. How did you come about to understand them in such a way, or do some of them come from your personal experiences?

The video I recently released on the subject of immigration was more based on my experience growing up. My parents left Angola so my other siblings and I could have a better life. So when I see refugee’s in the news I can totally relate. That’s what inspired the poem “Go back to your country” but as for my other poems, it’s usually written from an observational point of view.


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