It was our great pleasure this morning to send out on behalf of an outstanding creative team the press release for Spectrum of Hope, a new video released today that represents a musical collaboration between Mustafa the Poet and Thompson Egbo-Egbo. A gift “by Regent Park, for Regent Park” is how the inspiring team of seven young people who worked on the video with Twice Upon a Time studio described the project, which was supported by the Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation. We encourage you to watch this powerful and uplifting video immediately, and watch it often. Enjoy!
Mustafa the Poet electrifies crowds as Pan Am poet laureate
Spoken-word poet Mustafa Ahmed has had a huge year. A Regent Park native and popular fixture at Daniels Spectrum, Mustafa the Poet has toured with We Day, hung out with Drake, and performed before an international crowd as poet laureate of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
The response to Mustafa’s August 15th performance, where he extinguished the Pan Am flame to bring an official close to the games, was electric . Tweets from the event called the performance “powerful,” “awesome,” and “brilliant,” and the Toronto Star reported that “it was Mustafa the Poet, who recited one of his spoken-word poems before the Pan Am flame was extinguished, who brought soul to the closing ceremonies.”
Mustafa has been deeply involved with Daniels Spectrum since its opening, from sitting on the youth council to performing in the building dozens of times as part of tours and special events. He says that the chance to perform regularly was “really incredible, and a great way for me to get comfortable as a performer.” A graduate of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program, he worked with pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo and other Regent Park Youth to create “Spectrum of Hope,” a music video that’s a “powerful expression of pride” for Regent Park.