Mon. 4 June 8 pm
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Studiofoyer, Admission € 8 / 5
With Euphrase Kezilahabi poet and philosopher, Tanzania Ngwatilo Mawiyoo poet, actor and musician, Kenya Fatima Naoot poet and translator, Egypt, Hama Tuma poet, Ethiopia and France Moderated by Laura López Castro musician, Berlin
'The Nile as Sounding Board' presents the colourful richness of the poetic landscapes on the Nile in sound, form and format, from classic reading to Spoken Word performance. Six poets will be performing their own resonant rebellion against oppression, violence and terror in Amharic, English, Arabic and Swahili. Euphrase Kezilahabi revitalises the Swahili language in his poems, enriching it with new and more flexible forms of expression and subjects not based on tradition but on the day-to-day struggle for survival. Three Ethiopian governments have thrown Hama Tuma out of the country. With satire and a pointed pen he continues the struggle against the wars in his country from France. Performance poets Ngwatilo Mawiyoo and Fatima Naoot draw audiences with them into the depths of a lived revolution. Spoken Word poet Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, also called the "priest of the art of performed poetry", takes her subjects from the lives and day-to-day experiences of various Kenyan communities in her texts and performs them melodically. Fatima Naoot's poems are a curious day-by-day pursuit of the changes in her country, taking the reader by the hand and gazing with open eyes and fine words at topics such as religious fundamentalism, social developments and the poetry of the Nile.
Sponsored by: German Foreign Office
With the kind support of: AfricAvenir International e.V., Episcopal relief organisation MISEREOR,
Seminar for African Studies, Humboldt Universität Berlin
Project leader: Isabel Ferrin-Aguirre