here you go: hosted by Pyranja and Olad Aden
a beautiful reportage on Deutschlandradio Kultur by Irene Binal, talking about inspiration, borders, intercultural encounters!
all about the project SPOKEN WOR:L:DS Nairobi – Berlin
interviews with Sitawa Namwalie, Birgit Kreipe, Billy Kahora
First thing in the morning: female prison. LNess, Wanjiku, Josefine Berkholz, Birgit Kreipe and MC Kah held a workshop at the female prison concerning women rights, writing, poetry and Hip Hop!
and next step: evening at Werkstatt der Kulturen: an event organized by Gangway and their partner Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
The short version of the documentary has been screened for the very first time! A huge success, a very impressive summary of what has happened in Nairobi…
A film made by CitéNoir. The long version will hopefully be screened in November in Berlin, but we will still announce the exact date and place!
Afterwards: Poetry performances, talks, discussions and music!
First thing in the morning: LNess, Octopizzo, Diamondog and MC Kah went to the Youth Detention Facility to offer a workshop for the detained.. 4 hours in prison, youths writing lines, rhymes and asking lots of questions about Kenya and life in Nairobi… Also these kids are offering support to the Maono Cultural Group and collected money for the studio that is being built in Dandora!
and next stop: event at Literaturwerkstatt!
Antije Krog was an amazing moderator for this evening! and again, a huge very interested audience coming together. Christian Filips and Octopizzo presented there two short videos
videos of non-pronounced understanding, silence and observations all in one.
Sitawa, Birgit Kreipe and LNess
in the meantime L-Ness explained quickly what a beat, the flow and a bar is, and how she manages to put as many content as possible in one track…
Checkmate, Josefine Berkholz and Ogutu presenting their translation:
afterwards: Party at Literaturwerkstatt until the beer was finished…
The day started of with some rehearsals, talks, video shoots and preparations at Heinrich Böll! And finally: the big opening night started with introductions and talks by Kirsten Maaß-Albert (Heinrich Böll Stiftung), Uta Schnell (German Cultural Fund), Susanne Stemmler (project curator), Olad Aden (musical director) and MC Kah (Maono Cultural Group)
and after the talks the main characters joined the stage: the artists started with performances, speeches, talks
an amazing evening!!!
Another workshopping day coming up: Christian Filips and Octopizzo shooting a video as translation of UN-SPOKEN WOR:L:DS and the others still focussing on text work:
and after writing and writing some rehearsals for the big opening!!!
And tonight the poets and Emcees perform at Ink Deep!!! A huge crowd came up and the Bar was packed to listen to the voices of Poeticbee, Namatsi, Octopizzo, Ogutu, Joe Madog Bliese, Wanjiku, Checkmate, MC Kah and L-Ness…
And a short break: freestyle encounter with BucketBoy, Checkmate Mido, L-Ness, Erko, MC Kah, Poeticbee!!
And what about Day 2? The beginning of workshopping: The poet Sitawa is translating MC Diamondog, Christian Filips is working with Octopizzo, Wanjiku meets MC Josh, and LNess is working with the German poet Birgit Kreipe.
…We had our first encounter at Waschbar, an event inspired by the Nairobi based “Other Sheep Africa” Community. (c) Olad Aden
from Nairobi, before the Kenyan Artists Arrive tonight!!
[Spoiler Alert!] We agree with L-NESS’s summary. Watch part II of our documentary to find out what else happened during SPOKEN WOR:L:DS in Nairobi!
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS will continue in Berlin in April 2014. To make the waiting time pass more quickly have a look at the beautiful film of the Nairobi programme:
… for a wonderful, inspiring and unforgettable week!
Karibu Berlin in April 2014!!
The last day of an eventful week proved to be just as interesting and spectacular as the days before. We started with a gathering of students, poets and literature lovers at Nairobi’s prestigious USIU – United States International University. The lively Q&A session was spiced up with spontaneous performances by students and SPOKEN WOR:L:DS artists alike.
After more studio time, last rehearsals and a farewell dinner, the crew got ready for the final event “LIVE & LOUD in Nairobi” at Tree House Nairobi! Backed by fellow musicians and singers the participants presented new as well as existing material to a full and excited house! Already psyched up by host Point Blank and mind-blowing performances the audience enjoyed the following DJ set by MC Diamondog who never disappoints – be it on the mic or the turntables!
Photos (c) Obwakasson Pictures
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS participant Octopizzo led the team on a visit to Kibera where he grew up. The tour around the neighbourhood and along the railway tracks also took us to Pamoja Radio, an artists’ collaborative and the Power Women Group – an initiative founded by Octopizzo to support community projects!
Just like during the other days all artists used every free minute to work with their partners and record newly created pieces in the studio – until late at night!
Photos (c) Olad Aden
Waking up bright and early, SPOKEN WOR:L:DS participants Josefine Berkholz, Checkmate Mido and Poetic Bee appeared on national TV station, NTV’s AM Live morning show. The three artists talked about their craft and even inspired the host to freestyle to Checkmate’s beatboxing.
Splitting time between studio sessions and putting finishing touches on their new works, the artists prepared for the evening’s panel discussion on translation. Led by a moderator, the four-man SPOKEN WOR:L:DS panel had a discussion on (mis)understanding contexts and texts as well as the interpretation of intercultural experiences. It was highly interesting to hear the participants share recent examples of encounters and experiences from the past days during the project.
Thereafter, a section of the group performed for the audience – some already with material newly created in the workshop. The following open mic was a great opportunity for young Nairobi wordsmiths to showcase their talents.
Photos (c) Olad Aden
Having established what direction each artist wanted to explore, the morning workshop session had the group either paired up or wandering off to think up lines (as was necessary). The Goethe-Institut auditorium was filled with music and murmurings as artists sounded out their scribbled lines. After the lunch break, those who felt ready went to a recording studio set up for the purposes of capturing the freshly brewed SPOKEN WOR:L:DS magic.
At night SPOKEN WOR:L:DS took over the IMAX cinema hall for the Kwani Open Mic: Special Edition. Before a curious audience, a section of the group shared various artistic expressions including rap, poetry, spoken word, beatboxing and storytelling – in German, Swahili, English, Sheng, Portuguese…
The evening ended with a visit to club Choices for the weekly Hip Hop Rapsody where MC Diamondog put on his DJ hat and took over the wheels of steels supported by some spontaneous freestyle backup by his colleagues.
Photos (c) Olad Aden
After spending the morning selecting fresh beats by various DJs from across the world as well as choosing partners with whom the artists would co-create new works, the group set off for Dandora.
With a jam-packed programme at Maono Cultural Group (including talks on entrepreneurship, testimonials on how Hip Hop transformed people’s lives and a taste of ‘Maono cypher’), SPOKEN WOR:L:DS organizer MC Kah and team led the group on a tour of Dandora.
On a rooftop with an astounding view of the informal settlement and its surroundings, the troupe broke into a spontaneous cypher with locals showcasing their skills too.
Returning to the centre, the group was treated to a break-dance dance performance by the Maono Titans. The visit ended with a tour of the centre’s recording studio.
Photos (c) Olad Aden