With Criolo Brazil Tishani Doshi India Großraumdichen Germany Julian Heun Germany Dalibor Markovic Germany Wanjiku Mwaurah Kenya Agnessan Alain Serges Côte d’Ivoire Sbu Simelane South Africa Temye Tesfu Germany Phillippa Yaa de Villiers South Africa Ken Yamamoto Germany. Elektro Swing DJ: Ernesto Linares.
Spoken Word authors from Brazil, India, South Africa, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire meet up with their German colleagues. With rhyme, rhythm and stories from the edge of the comfort zone they’ll tear us off our stools and sofas.
The opening part forms a caravan of spoken poetry, which for the “spoken word project” criss-crossed the African continent. With the dust from eight African metropolises under their boots, they reach their conclusion in a multilingual team performance, well-travelled and powerful.
Then we go from India via Berlin to South Africa. Tishani Doshi tells of life away from the captivating palaces and colourful saris; of transsexuals, of kidnappings and violence against women. Phillippa Yaa de Villiers sings biting, humorous freedom songs about a South Africa in which questions of ethnic heritage are still explosive and the definition of identity and exclusion are highly topical. They will be supported by Dalibor Markovic and Ken Yamamoto.
The musical finale will be performed by Großraumdichten and Criolo. Brazil’s rap star strikes uneasy notes in his lyrics, critical and hard, embedded in smooth, flowing sounds between jazz and hip hop. Großraumdichten wrap delicate but compelling words in electronic beats, and leave their stamp on the most dynamic form of spoken word, the team performance.
The project artists will visit the prisons and schools of Berlin.
The “spoken word project” is a project from the Goethe Institute of Johannesburg.