Like A Phoenix


Phenzwaan, the Cosmic Wordsmith is an award winning performance poet & internationally recognised spoken word recording artist who has toured and performed extensively throughout London and nation-wide. He has appeared on countless radio shows including BBC Radio, in short film, on BBC and satellite television and in various periodicals world-wide. His work has also taken him across Europe, Africa & the Caribbean. He has worked with a vast number of bands and musicians including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has written for and featured on the albums of several other artists. He has also released six CDs, a book and a live video of his own work.

"It's rare that an artist can achieve the right balance between entertainment and consciousness. Phenzwaan's latest album can only be described as compelling, delightful and thought provoking...simply a masterpiece" - Kamau, Progressive Entertainment


"I thought I'd seen it all & heard it all, but the ways in which he makes words work for him is peerless. He has made me think bigger than Hip Hop" - Rhodri, BBC 1Xtra


"His form of expression is as diverse as London is. Breaking down boundaries in the world of spoken word poetry" - Angharad, AFUNK Magazine


"The Marvin Gaye of spoken word" - Poppy Seed



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Track Listing and MP3 Samples.

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Like a phoenix


If poetry is a woman


Poem on the underground


Bloodstained concrete


Former advances II


Lyrical murderer


Seventh heaven


What's up smokey?



The shake up


About 2 have sex



Cosmic wordsmith


She dances


Mind control




Play this






In the year 2000 he won the Portobello Festival nation-wide Dr Martens performance poetry slam competition and was also awarded Best London poet in that same year and again in 2002 for Best slam poetry performance of 2001 voted for by the supporters of Europe's longest running slam. Also in 2002 he was nominated for a Black Enterprise Award and in 2003 for a Men and Women of Merit Award.

He is also an event co-ordinator and has hosted and organised several showcase events providing platforms for aspiring and established performers world-wide such as the Men & Women of Wordz Urban Poetry Conventions of 2003 which each featured 16 of London's most explosive writers, performance poets and spoken word artists plus an array of guest singers and musicians. He is also the founder of Verbalized Mindz, an awesome, all inspiring and exciting monthly Open mic poetry night which takes place in London every 2nd Thursday of the month.

This prolific and dynamic performer has created such an impact on so many aspects of the literary scene, that his work can now be seen to encompass much more than just performance poetry, as he is also a singer-songwriter and additionally he has been recognised and is also making waves in event co-ordinating, education, music, and the wider entertainment scene as a whole, continuing to push the boundries within all genres of lyric writing and performance.

His work is creative, compelling, instructive, informative and inspiring, as he continues to go from strength to strength.