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Hip Hop, Slam Poetry and Storytelling Collide at Detroit Public Theatre’s ‘Temples of Lung and Air’

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Image credit: HuthPhoto / Detroit Public Theatre

Spoken word artist Kane Smego brings his one-man show exploring race, identity and personal storytelling to the Detroit Public Theatre for a four-week run.

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Spoken word artist Kane Smego performs one-man show "Temples of Lung and Air."HuthPhoto / Detroit Public Theatre
HuthPhoto / Detroit Public Theatre

Spoken word artist Kane Smego performs one-man show “Temples of Lung and Air.”

Kane Smego started out by making a name for himself as a spoken word performer before he began visualizing the premise for his one-man show “Temples of Lung and Air,” premiering this week at the Detroit Public Theatre.

It puts Smego’s own life experiences on full display without a safety net. He grew up in the south with a white mother and a black father figure, torn between two sides of his family with very different perspectives on race and identity “two different worlds,” says Smego during an interview with CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper at the 101.9 WDET studios in Detroit.

It’s about how we learn the language of race.” - Kane Smego, performer

Through hip-hop, Smego found a refuge — and that sense of safety and storytelling is on full display during “Temples of Lung and Air,” which runs through Sunday, December 8th in Detroit.

Click the player above to hear spoken word artist Kane Smego perform a selection from his one-man show “Temples of Lung and Air.”

For more information and tickets to “Temples of Lung and Air” at the Detroit Public Theatre, visit their official website.

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Ryan Patrick Hooper, Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper is the host and producer of CultureShift. As a longtime arts and culture reporter.

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