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Jaysus Zain first started creative writing at the age of twelve. It was the feeling of truly being heard for the first time that pushed him to continue. Through his words he created stories.
A story is the language the human heart understands, but you won’t just hear them from Jaysus Zain. He doesn’t just write them; he himself, is a story. Jaysus Zain’s writings are a unique and fine arrangement of everything that’s ever happened in his and other people’s lives.
"If I didn't write, I wouldn't be here"
It is an understatement to call him just a great poet. Jaysus has the ability to split himself into multiple characters that are all intricately raw and beautiful. He uses words as his powerful medium for illustrating dreams, weaving visions, and telling stories. His use of words are nothing less than notes that harmoniously develops into a melody that connects us all by delivering a relatable mental visual of the symphony we experience as our lives.
In 2004, Jaysus used a suicide note to personify his aggression and frustration in his first poetry performance held at the International School of Martyrs in Libya. In 2007, he had twice earned the title of Best Poet of the Year in British School of Libya. This ignited Jaysus’ poetry and rap performances and helped to motivate him to begin his own poetry and open-mic nights in Libya. With the help of an art gallery owner, “Our House” was created. Our House brought together various artists like Fuad Ramadan Gritli, Mohamed Othman, and Hani Elkot. In addition to the musicians that joined in, Our House became a community of young, passionate, and creative individuals that all shared a love of words.
Jaysus has become known for his complex word play and perspectives on subjects that arrange from love, identity, as well as global issues. He has recently been awarded the International Human Rights Day Prize for his poem against human trafficking entitled, “Half Alive” by the UNHCR- the UN Refugee Agency.
Jaysus Zain is currently based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has been in the forefront of the spoken word art movement in the country since his arrival. Participating in several poetry slam competitions with Rooftop Rhythms, Jaysus was awarded Artist of the Year 2016. In the same year, he was also crowned the Dubai Poetry Slam Champion twice and was the featured poet for Dubai Poetry Slam’s re-launch on September 2016. Jaysus was also featured in performances at Warehouse 421: The Departure, May 2016. An initiative to bring different cultures together through music and arts sponsored by Dubai Culture. He was invited to perform at the Sikka Art Fair 2016- a playground for experimental artists in the UAE to create thought provoking and dramatic art.
2016, Jaysus Zain made a significant impact on the world of spoken word poetry in the United Arab Emirates and the United States by performing his now infamous pieces “Dear Ms. Anonymous”, “Gun” , and “My Thoughts” throughout the UAE, as well as, Bowery Poetry Club and Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, USA.
In addition to performing, Jaysus also hosts Poetic Fridays Abu Dhabi, co-hosted and was featured at Arthouse Backyard Poetry, and Blank Space, open-mic night in Dubai.
Constantly evolving and influencing the performance poetry and rap scene, Jaysus Zain will be featured at The Yard on 27th January at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai in conjunction with Quoz Arts Fest 2017. Jaysus will share his love of words with the audience at Word of Mouth in Kuwait on 7th February 2017.