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Last update: 2011-11-25

Efe Paul Azino

2011-11-25 :: Africa Centre

Storytelling as a tool of communication grounded in words holds an endless cauldron of possibilities. These possibilities proliferate with understanding. So how do we ensure that we understand each other when we speak, considering that so much is left up to interpretation.…

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Erin Bosenberg

2011-11-25 :: Africa Centre

Marooning in the forest of identity, each tree poses a new universe of galaxies. negotiating each others' difference is a balancing act when acceptance is often placed at a high price. one possible solution is to accept ourselves fully thereby cultivating the compassion to accept others.…

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Maakomele Manaka

2011-11-25 :: Africa Centre

This is a call! a wake up! a reminder! a freedom shout! how do we respond to the call to speak up for equality and liberation? how do we negotiate our own fears of silence? courage. we find our courage one moment at a time…

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Quentin Lindsay

2011-11-25 :: Africa Centre

Do children come into the world as blank canvasses onto which we paint? how do we decide what pictures we use as examples for children to follow? and when children begin to reproduce problematic behaviour, where do we place the responsibility? we are collectively accountable to the children and to the future.…

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Roche Kester

2011-11-25 :: Africa Centre

Question. Challenge. Change. Roche presents us with affirmations and indignations that encourage us to face our fears and courageously love beyond the racial miseducations we have inherited.…

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Desiree Bailey

2011-11-25 :: Africa Centre

What makes us human? What makes us survive trauma? What makes us name our experiences as trauma? The endless investigations around our 'we-ness' proliferate through the words of Desiree. Our 'we-ness' is complicated by the reality of being hybrid beings emerging out of our complex experiences; we are purely nothing and a meeting place of everything. So what are we exactly?…

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Jessica Horn

2011-11-25 :: Africa Centre

When our children have too few options as avenues to adventure, the village must rethink the choices we made that led down that path. The joy, beauty and potential of investigating what has gone before is our ability to learn from it and make healthier choices for the future. Jessica Horn reminds us of this truth as she examines the livelihoods of our black youth.…

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Afurakan

2011-11-25 :: Africa Centre

The floodgates have been flung wide open and through them rush the healing waters of rhythm sapping words washing womben with a cleansing ritual of the misogyny that we experience through physical abuse. Afurakhan's cry shouts to the loudest mountains and the deepest valleys: as men and womben we must demand an end to violence.…

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Native Son

2011-11-24 :: Africa Centre

A dance of complexity through the fibres of experience of life. Native Son journeys into the forgotten places where our humanity comes most into question and asks us to reposition to the centre.…

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Tracy K Smith

2011-04-15 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Through lush imagery and language, Smith pays homage to a loved one, wishing them well and imagining their journeys beyond this plane.…

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Genna Gardini

2011-04-15 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

With a calm delivery, this poet takes us on a dry, witty and cinematic journey about the business of living, of making sense, of telling and retelling, and of memory.…

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Ngwatilo Mawiyoo

2011-04-15 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Through colour and melody, Mawiyoo communicates some of the layers and complexities of Kenya and the region – resisting blame or conclusions.…

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Antjie Krog

2011-04-15 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A slow, riveting ode to love by this South African prolific writer and publisher.…

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Ewok

2010-11-22 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A fiery and confrontational piece which critiques the 1st world-3rd world hierarchies and imbalances, capitalism and globalization, as well as the industry of aid.…

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Kokumo Noxid

2010-11-22 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

With a name meaning, “this one will not die” in Yoruba, this cultural anthropologist and dub-griot sends out a well known message in the form of declaration. One that speaks to a journey of self-determination and repatriation which is as much a historical path of a people, as it is for many individuals on s personal level.…

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Chenjerai Hove

2010-11-22 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

This elder poet is to many, a Zimbabwean national treasure, an articulate, prolific writer, a highly informed and passionate commentator. In the words of Irene Staunton, Zimbabwe’s representative for Poetry Web International ‘Chenjerai Hove’s four volumes of poetry reflect the progression of his ideas and experiences from the hot anger and challenge to colonial repression, through the scrupulous observation of the effects of liberation war on rural communities, to disillusion and bitterness over the failure of the new government’s promises. Hove’s writing is infused with his belief in the people for whom he bears witness, and informed by the pain of injustice.’…

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Julian Curry

2010-11-22 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

This poet does not take the ‘N’ word lightly and rightly so! Here, with incisive wit this wordsmith unpacks the twisted roots of this degrading word painfully entwined in the history of African Americans, including a disturbing revelation for many, about the origin of Wall Street as a historical site of Slave Markets.…

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Sandile Dikeni

2010-11-22 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Sandile Dikeni is a provocative, even argumentative poet and social commentator with a track record of asking brave questions in dangerous spaces...from police stations and apartheid detention cells to ivory tower literary spaces. Part of his poetic style is the juxtaposing of heavy issues with conscious irreverence, as a way of getting us to take collective responsibility and affirming our togetherness in the journey of life. Such messages are perfectly exemplified in this universally relevant poem, crafted with wit and skilful wordplay as he highlights the fact that our histories and aspirations as humanity are inextricably intertwined.…

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Poetic Pilgrimage

2010-11-22 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Unlike most of the tracks you can access on their Myspace and CDs, this one was recorded in our Badilisha studio accapella and in the absence of traditional hip hop beats, you can almost hear in the tight choral verse, rhythm & rhyme typical of the genre - echoes of female spoken word pioneers like Zap Mama and Sweet Honey & the Rock. These are voices of a new generation of women literally using their voices as tools for education and social activism. This is their passionate anti-war cry.…

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D'bi Young

2010-11-22 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 6s

A firebrand dub poet hailing from Toronto, Canada.…

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Mbali Kgosidintsi

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Through her personal journeys of coming and going home, the conveniences and inconveniences of multiple identities and cross border - regional existences, Kgosidintsi highlights the complexities and contradictions of nationalism and its subsequent narrow identities.…

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Rantoloko Molokoane

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A rich and dense spoken word piece loaded with imagery, in which this poet describes a world which reveals a god clearly in a state of confusion ...or even insanity!…

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Stephen Derwent Partington

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A scathing and satirical commentary on the behaviour of the ‘honourables’ attending a high-profile funeral is sculpted in this succinct poem, by a poet who knows how to use his (s)word!…

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Olumide Popoola

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A multi-layered poem as its title implies. This poet speaks with a clarity of vision and voice, so you journey with her and hopefully share her vision as she peels back the surfaces of things to reveal multiple meanings, open for your interpretation.…

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Natalia Molebatsi

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

This passionate mother to daughter-in-utero conversation is full of wisdoms and warnings about the world this child will enter into and have to navigate as she journeys into womanhood and Self.…

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Jacob Oketch

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A simple yet classical style shapes this poem, a wake-up call to humanity regarding the AIDS pandemic. This poet’s message is both an intimate plea and a global warning, delivered ‘in your face’ but not without a dash of wit.…

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Muhammad Muwakil

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A rock solid young talent, with a true poet’s keen eye, deep sensitivity and the ability to make music with his choice of words, flow of ideas, imagery and unpredictable pattern of rhyme. This is an authentic voice offering a poem of witness and wisdom. Better keep any ear out for this rising star!…

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Moses Serubiri

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

This gifted and bold young writer presents a gruesome story through his poem. His skilful delivery accompanied by an eerie yet beautifully subtle soundscape, conjures up the vivid imagery of a nightmarish experience from the perspective of a stunned witness or helpless dreamer.…

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Chantel-Fleur Sandjon

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

This Cameroonian-German woman poet’s offering is sensual and gritty, expressing courage and vulnerability simultaneously. Through this poem she takes you on a self-determination expedition, swimming between English and German tongues in the telling.…

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Anthony Joseph

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Bring your mind into the present to enter and savour the reality this poet is navigating. This is poetry of the moment, where if you follow his visceral journey, all your senses come into play. As a listener for a small window in time you have the opportunity to be ‘in this poet’s shoes.’…

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DéLana Dameron

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Body, an Elegy…

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James Matthews

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A South African legend, a die-hard dissident poet, a feisty and tireless spirit speaking out against injustice for most of his 80 years of life, this historical poem was part of his banned collection under Apartheid censorship law. Still, most of his work flourished being published in other countries. This highly respected elder is a captivating storyteller, whether he’s leading you toward a joke’s punch line or down the path of wistful memory…

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Mbali Vilakazi

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Exploring the dimensions of self and characterising them, giving voice and permission to them is what emerges when listening to this poet. She articulates aspects of herself as the girl child of long ago, but also the woman here and now still reclaiming and wanting to assert herself, on her own terms. Her slightly hypnotic delivery draws you into the timeless space she has created for herself, held only momentarily within the frame of this poem.…

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Camille T. Dungy

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

The insanity of war and the fragility of life, age-old subject matter that can only be reinvigorated by poet of great skill and sincere intent, both of which this poet reveals in this poem. Not only is she painting the picture for us, but highlights the truth - that none can claim ‘we never knew’...not in our world that makes big business selling the tragedies and crimes of war via all available media channels often using crude and graphic means to get out attention. Often enough artists are the only ones we can be authentically moved by, emotionally and literally into action! In this poem the war is not happening ‘somewhere out there’ but is right here. Poem recording courtesy of From the Fishouse poems.…

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Chiedu Ifeozo

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

As a bonus to hearing Chiedu's delivery of this initimate poetic diary-type sharing of a pivotal chapter in his personal history, we recommend you also watch the youtube video, a visual accompaniment to this poem showing you sights and scenes from his return to urban Nigeria.…

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Patricia Smith

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Otherwise known as Word Woman this esteemed poet has a litany of awards and accolades and continues to dazzle audiences with her poetry or as a sought-after guest speaker, inspiring teacher or highly experienced leader of workshops and residencies. She engages listeners across a wide spectrum, from squirming 1st-graders, seasoned slammers, soccer moms, prisoners, to surly preteens and college students and now she is talking to you! Her vigour and passion is infectious – a poet who makes you want to get up and do something, say something, use your voice and talents!…

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Epiphanie Mukasano

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Conscious of every word being a stroke which paints the picture for the listener or reader, this poet is steady and sure in the footsteps of her words and visions. This ‘style’ of delivery is so appropriate for one whose work is the poetry of reconstructing memory, a sense of place and belonging, when in reality that physical home and nest of family is many miles away and for many reasons, very difficult to return to.…

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Bassey Ikpi

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Not a quiet poem at all! This gifted poet delivers a rapid litany of sharp –eyed and witty similes, captured real-life moments in a torrent of sensual and sensitive imagery that will have your imagination racing after her words and back into your own youth, as you relate to the universal human experiences she touches on. Her vocal embroidery and skilful performance explains why she was featured 5 times on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam to robust applause each time.…

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Sam Umokoro

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

If you listened to this poet reading from his recent published an anthology of poetry entitled Heartstrings you would understand that the heart is a vast and complex terrain. Here he sheds light on the heartbreaking story of the people of Jos, to many an unheard story, an invisible conflict.…

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Roger Bonair-Agard

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A veteran of the spoken-word scene, two-time US National Slam Champion, this poet is according to the legendary Amiri Baraka ‘ a poet who fixes his experience with memory and uses memory image as analyzer of his experience, a poet of live language mastering its literary "statement." This is one of his many poems that can be described as rich tapestries of colour, superbly crafted and intent-driven.…

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Togara Muzanenhamo

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A homecoming poem enriched with memory and evocative imagery as this poet guides us down the hallways of his mind and his old high school, returning to this charged site of his youth and a country he has not lived in for years , yet is always home and holder of core chapters of his life experience.…

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Boonaa Mohammed

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

This poet pulls no punches as he tells it like it is for second generation immigrant youth who are born in the new country yet experience various levels of alienation and injustice experienced by their communities and families. His definite hip hop MC influence has Boona’s own twist on the storytelling style. Press play and listen up!…

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Kolade Arogundade

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

In the tradition of ancient African storytelling this poem by a modern day poet imagines the wind as messenger and guide on the journey to manhood. Imparting important lessons, which typical of folklore, may seem cryptic or nonsensical at first, but only reveal their wisdoms after they are given due pondering. Pause and savour the fruits of this poetree.…

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Loftus Marais

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

With sensual word play and delightful perspective this award-winning Afrikaans poet, gives his witty take on what might seem an ordinary sight - a tree alongside a road, but one with such character that it triggers his fantastic imagination creating the gem of a poem!…

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Tantra-Zawadi

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

‘Divalicious’ poet with honey-sweet tones makes this epic declaration in the name of the girl child, painting with imagery and word a range of scenarios in which women – girls of all ages through the ages have been mistreated and how the collective She now rises, reclaiming her space and voice celebrating her resilient spirit.…

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Jimmy Rage

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

If you love Miles, you will love the homage this poet-performer-visual artist delivers, with an audible respect for this musical legend. Jimmy gives life to Miles' own words and then takes the poem to the next level in his own commanding voice!…

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Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

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Mwalim Morgan Peters

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 5s

Massachusetts based educator, theatre maker, urban griot and jazz musician this poet has been expressing his visions and views through a range of media for over 20 years.…

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Musa Okwonga

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 4s

A refugee's journey through the words of Ugandan-British poet Musa Okwonga.…

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Mojisola Adeyabo

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 4s

Engaging London-based theatre actress and physical performer pulls poles and continents together in this magical and poetic storytelling piece. …

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Michael Mabwe

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 2s

Zimbabwean Human Rights activist and poet Michael tells it like it is calling for justice, integrity and humane responses to this people's plight under the current regime. …

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Lemn Sissay

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 5s

This trendsetting Ethiopian-British performance poet gives his unique spin on the colonial gaze, wrapped in his characteristic wit and charm…

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Jethro Louw

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 6s

A provocative delivery in Afrikaans by Khoi-San South African poet and cultural activist painting the bleakness of desert landscape as metaphor for the plight of his historically persecuted and marginalized people.…

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Jacqueline Kibacha

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 5s

Tanzanian spoken word artist dubbed "the pretty poet" shares a gut-deep love poem.…

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Gabeba Baderoon

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 4s

Award-winning South African poet and academic who commands attention without needing to raise her voice, who knows half the art of poetry is pause and the space between the lines.…

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Croc E Moses

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 6s

This Canadian-South African multi-disciplinary self professed "poet on strike" shows off his wordsmithing and vocal skills in this witty piece that will likely leave you wanting more. …

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Breyten Breytenbach

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 7s

This once-exiled Afrikaans poetry icon lets his voice and imagery travel a hypnotic dub groove this time using an English tongue.…

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Ben Caesar

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 3s

Dominican hip hop MCee "Ben Caesar" makes his bold declaration as a young Black male against the violation of women's and human rights.…

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Aryan Kaganof

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 3s

Embodied by a voice from beyond that dictates the poem, South African mega-blogger, filmmaker, indie-publisher and riotous poet Aryan takes us on an out-of-body trip sharing profound and simple truths from that unusual perspective.…

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DéLana Dameron

2010-11-19 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

A quiet, tender offering beautifully sculpted by a highly schooled poet and lover of history, this poem grows in gravity...much like the gradual yet intense sinking in of sorrow at someone’s passing. The intimate way in which this poet shares, without any frills, adds to the impact of her words. Her insights about the body’s release and resistances as it parts from the life-force or spirit of a person, are described exquisitely so that the phrase ‘death can be beautiful’ actually rings true.…

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Lloyd Akin Palmer

2010-11-18 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Jamaican native Lloyd Akin Palmer interrogates the politics of complexion in the black community.…

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Tinashe Mushakavanhu

2010-11-18 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

An academic and social activist through his writing, this poet offers a poignant poem with the melancholic tone and dislocated voice of an exile, yearning for a sense of belonging and comparing the reality of his current location to his dreams of home. This poem is reason for pause. Take a moment to journey with the poet, into sensations of longing and keen observation of his surroundings.…

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Imani Woomera

2010-11-18 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Sip on this intoxicating love poem from a sensual Kenyan –American poet, using Latino lilt and flavour to conjure up the vision, smell, feel of the object of her desire - a man whose magnetic pull she struggles to resist. Describing the elements of this experience she is out to convince herself and us that this love is love real...not a mere infatuation. Let her put a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye with this piece.…

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Mpho Ya Badimo

2010-11-18 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

With almost comical word play, laid back vibe and wicked rhyming in funky urban mix of her Mothertongue & Setswana, this confident young South African holds no punches in her warning message! She’s using the mike to raise awareness about the plight of underprivileged young girls being wooed and preyed upon by older men who trade modern day trinkets for sexual favours, leading to all kinds of traumatic effects on the girl child. The disturbing social dynamics and growing trend she describes is spun into a haunting lyrical refrain, a highly effective appeal to the perpetrators and to those who do not speak out on this issue, as she tells the hard-hitting true stories we are often reluctant to hear.…

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Khadijah Ibrahim

2010-11-18 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

In a lilting Caribbean accent and sometimes patois Khadija conjures up a character you can not only see vividly emerging in your mind, but a sassy one that makes you smile as she lays out the fine details of the style in which she wants to be buried. The poet’s a wit and humour conveyed so beautifully in her telling also holds a tenderness for the woman she describes, making her family...perhaps for some instantaneously recognisable as an aunty or grandmother who has made her peace with the inevitability of death and had decided to make it a grand exit not a pity party!…

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Naima McLean

2010-11-18 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Self-determination and self definition are die-hard themes for people of colour, let alone women of colour – all over the world. Being (South) African makes this a given for any individual, who has to confront at some time the suffocating racial and cultural stereotyping still rampant in many minds. This we know. What makes this poetic commentary on the status quo worth listening to, is the integrity of Naima’s expression and the claiming if her unique voice. Naima has a command of her meaning and her vocal chords that makes you want to engage with her, respond to her honesty.…

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Kayo Chingonyi

2010-11-18 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

Stop. Listen. Be still. Observe. Witness. Appreciate. This is the vibe and tone of this poem by a young yet commanding voice from the new generation of Black British poets. Kayo perceptively weaves the magic of ordinary, everyday occurrences into a vivid and poignant commentary on life and the business of being human. His way with words has a richness and maturity that no doubt reflects a writing talent to be reckoned with! He is bound to be successful no matter which genre he chooses for the telling.…

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Segun Lee French

2010-11-18 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com

From one brother to another, this is Segun's rapid-fire word flow, a rhythmic and melodic tribute to the legendary Nigerian musician and revoluntionary Fela Kuti, calling up his spirit of defiance, indignation and fierce individuality. Its a wake up call of the timeless kind to forsake the false gods, the slave masters in new guises and the new age opiates for modern day masses. The poem rages yet still retains the tenderness of the honouring of a phenomenal African artist and unforgettable soul, who clearly has made a profound impact on this poet.…

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Liesl Jobson

2010-10-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 3s

This poet has a fortuitous combination of talents as a skilled editor, psychic, photographer and musician! Listening to this compact, intriguing, even titillating semi-autobiographical poem, you can savour Liesl's sharp eye and ear for the finer details that speak volumes if we are alert to them. Her intimate and almost casual delivery of juicy lines and imagery is precisely the hook that makes you want to take up her invitation to follow her down memory lane.…

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Zena Edwards

2010-10-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 6s

Dive into a healing pool of poetry and sound with this rising Black British star on the UK spoken word scene. Zena is a vocalist, percussionist and entrancing performer.…

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Ngoma Hill

2010-10-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 7s

Self-proclaimed Godfather of American Hip Hop, this legendary performer, musician and social activist, shares his hypnotic spin on ancient philosophy and mythology in his call to a greater human consciousness.…

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Warsan Shire

2010-09-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 2s

Female genital mutilation, the contradictions and sometimes cruelty of cultural traditions are tackled in this poem by this courageous and sensual 20-something Somalian poet.…

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Tania van Schalkwyk

2010-09-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 3s

Dive under waves with this German-French-Mauritian-South African poet whose voice and metaphors are deliciously haunting.…

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Shailja Patel

2010-09-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 10s

This Kenyan poet, environmental and human rights activist Shailja tells it like it is, honoring the feminine earthbound and divine.…

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Samantha Thornhill

2010-09-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 5s

A native of Trinidad & Tobago this poet offers a sassy cyber-sussed and poetic delivery of warnings to those who get hooked up but out of touch with reality by ego-tripping and living out their fantasies online.…

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Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

2010-09-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 2s

A river of a city's sorrows heaves and sighs, painted vividly here by this evocative South African poet, playwright and performer.…

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Omekongo wa Dibinga

2010-09-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 6s

Congolese-American youth activist, performance poet and indie-publisher "O" gives a passionate wake-up call to self-determination and pride in ancestry.…

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Mwila Mambwe

2010-09-01 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 5s

An interrogation of the failures and crimes committed by African leaders against their own people and continent, by a Congolese refugee poet living in Cape Town. …

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Inua Ellams

2010-06-30 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 5s

The surge of life and hope against all odds is a message delivered with breathtaking pace, a story coming full circle by the end of the poem ...highlighting the intensity and complexity of our life journeys on from macro to micro scale. This is a well crafted, deeply insightful and inspiring piece carried by a captivating storytelling voice that makes you want to listen and follow where he leads across this vivid landscape of word and imagery…

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Cosmas Mairosi

2010-06-30 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 4s

With vigor and dramatic vocal cadences in the tradition of griots and praise poets of old, this new generation African poet asks...how shall I answer to Africa's children? What do I do when the African drum goes silent, no longer calls or when its call has lost its meaning? Such questions posed by Africans themselves gives poignancy to the issues they highlight and an intimate understanding of what has been eroded in our societies as well as what remains under increasing threat. Experience this heartfelt appeal and lyrical call to action!…

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Avaez Mohamma

2010-06-30 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 5s

Take a mind flipping trip across the galaxies with this passionate wordsmith, reminding us that we are mere particles in an amazing universe...transient and yet part of an eternal, timeless creation. Avaez's passion as a poet and conviction on this conscious raising subject is audible. Let him take you to from cosmic heights to atomic depths with this poem!…

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Anis Mogjani

2010-06-30 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 4s

Fiery slam poet Anis Mojgani urges us to come closer. Anis Mojgani is a two time Individual Champion of the National Poetry Slam and Pushcart Prize nominee. Before winning his second title in 2006, only one other poet had won multiple National Poetry Slam Titles in the form's history. Less than a year after doing so, Anis continued with finishing second at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Vancouver, Canada, and 6 months later was crowned the first champion of France's World Cup Poetry Slam. A former resident of the Oregon Literary Arts Writer's-In-The-Schools program and a founding member of the touring Poetry Revival group, Anis' poetry has traveled to many parts of the globe. From sharing the House of Blues stage with the musician's of non-profit TWLOHA's annual Heavy & Light show, to being one of the 40 authors invited to participate in Seoul Korea's Young Writer's Festival, his poetry has been heralded across the world by veteran poets and masses of audiences as unique, refreshing, uplifting and real.…

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Kwame Dawes

2010-06-30 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 4s

Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in a recent interview his spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music. His book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley.…

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Bethel Simbian

2010-06-30 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 7s

With the fiery conviction of a pastor on a pulpit, with a sincerity of concern about the state of humanity this poet poses weighty questions around our collective sabotage of our potential and our almost unnatural tendency for self-destruction. Using the gravity of words in quite a classical style of expression he gives the poem a kind of grandeur, delivered by a rich and confident voice perfectly suited for his message.…

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Blaq Pearl

2010-06-30 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 4s

Blaq Pearl has performed with her band at Jazzathon and various city concerts particularly in Mitchell's Plain. Having featured on television program Hectic 9nine and Keeping it Real, she is working on releasing unique designed T-shirt merchandise on www.sabandmerchandise.com. Currently Blaq Pearl is in the studio completing her album to be released this year.…

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Hale Tsehlana

2010-04-26 :: presenter@badilishapoetry.com
Length: 2s

Conjuring up a Basotho children's rhyme Hale sings her way back to a time of innocence, her roots in Lesotho and calls for revival of hope in troubled times…

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