Poetry collaborations return to Book Café

AFTER almost a year in hibernation, a multi-genre event themed “Poetry And”, returns to Book Café tomorrow.
Report by Tinashe Sibanda

The event ran from April to December last year and featured a number of local and international artists.

Artists like Chirikure Chirikure and Sunniva Berg were regulars at the event last year.

Friday’s event will be the first one this year and is expected to kick-start a new season that is expected to run for many months.
Poetry And primarily experiments with music and poetry, creating new sounds and collaborations.

The project, run by Barbra Anderson aka Breeze, will be starting on a fresh page with features such as the beat box and harp collaboration.

“It is very taxing to organise a poetry event and I hope this year the public will embrace the show and support it,” said Anderson.
She said 2012 was a year to refresh and find new features for the event.

The organisers said they were looking for anyone who was willing to help the project financially or creatively so as to broaden the scope.

Anderson said the event would be held monthly with live performances going on for an hour and half.

“I am excited to see how it will all work out. I will be working with some very talented poets and musicians. The idea that I began with last year in April is still very strong and there is no end to its creativity. I am very pleased with what I started and I want it to continue and grow,” she said.

Anderson said the performance line-up included SoProfound, a young poet and slam champion at the House of Hunger Poetry Slam and Vocal, a protest poet who has won a few of the poetry slams at the Book Café and performs regularly at the open mic shows.

Silent Nqonqo, a young and talented bassist and lead guitar player who has performed for the likes of Chiwoniso Maraire, is also in the line-up.

Anderson who, besides founding the event, is also a poet and designer, will deliver a performance at Friday’s event.
This year she attended and performed at the Poetvango Festival in Botswana.

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