Birgit Kreipe

Birgit Kreipe


Birgit Kreipe, born in 1964 in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, comes from an old family of farmers. She chose another path and withdrew into her room to read. After graduating from secondary school she worked as a bookseller and studied psychology and modern German literature in Marbug, Vienna and Göttingen. In addition to her career as… Read more »



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©Sami Khan

Checkmate Mido


Dembede Mido aka Checkmate Mido started performing at WAPI (Words and Pictures) where he became widely known for his beatboxing and freestyle skills.



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Christian Filips


Christian Filips, born in 1981 in Osthofen near Worms, lives as a poet, playwright and performer in Berlin. Between 2000 and 2007 he studied in Vienna and Berlin. In 2001 he received Austrian Radio´s Rimbaud price for his first poems.



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(c)Cinema Hope Design

Erko


Erkan Balci aka Erko, born in Berlin in 1988 always emphasizes his affiliation with the “underclass” and raps about life in Berlin´s problem district “Wedding” in his lyrics. Without sugarcoating or exaggeration. The young artists grew up in Wedding, where he probably knows every backyard like the insides of his pockets.



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Joe “Madog” Bliese


Joe “Madog” Bliese, born in Berlin in 1982, has been active in Berlin`s Hip Hop scene since 1999 along with his crew “Zeugen der Zeit”. In addition he has been known as a spoken word artist around town.



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(c)Ken Yamamoto

Josefine Berkholz


Josephine Berkholz was born in 1994 in Durham, North Carolina and grew up in Central Franconia and Berlin. She writes since she has been able to hold a pen.



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L-ness


L-ness alias LIONESS aka Lydia Owano Akwabi is one of East Africa’s top female Emcees. She has performed alongside other artistes at Hip Hop Halisi, Jukwaani, WAPI, Translating Hip Hop, Afreekah Album launch, Art & Beer Peace Festival, Alfajiri Album launch and the African Hip Hop Caravan shows.



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LMNZ


The Berlin born (1985) Sound Engineer, Producer and Rapper Markus Gram aka LMNZ (pronounced “elements”) focuses his rap on multilingual linguistic diversity, internationalism, dialogue and social justice issues while his pieces always conclude with a positive message.



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MC Diamondog


Since 1998, the Berlin-based artist Diamantino Feijo Diamondog has been known as a major player in the European and Brazilian conscious rap and hip-hop scene.



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MC Josh


MC Josh (Josina Neidhardt) was born in Berlin in 1990. After her first lyrical works at age 16, the promising young artist was already celebrated as a secret favorite among friends.



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Namatsi


Namatsi Lukoye (born 1984) is a poet, fashion maniac, an event’s organizer and Communication Officer of Cerebral Palsy Society of Kenya. She started performing in 2010 and since then has graced many events around Nairobi.



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Octopizzo


Octopizzo aka Henry Ohanga has made a name for himself in East Africa and beyond. He has shared the stage with Kenyan and international hip hop artists.



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Ogutu Muraya

Ogutu Muraya


The 1986 born Ogutu Muraya is a writer, theatre-maker and storyteller/spoken word artist. He holds a BA in International Relations, is an Associate Director of The Theatre Company of Kenya and works part-time with Kwani Trust as an Editorial Assistant.



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Poeticbee


The 21 years old Poeticbee is the 46th slam African queen and she has performed on various stages with a fusion of poetry and music and music.



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(c)Matthias Holtmann

Sabine Scho


Sabine Scho, Ochtrup * 1970, lives in Berlin and São Paulo.  Almost all of her texts work within the cross-section of photography and image.



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Sitawa Namwalie


Sitawa Namwalie is a Kenyan poet, writer and performer who holds a Bsc in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi and a MA in Environment, Society and Technology from Clark University in Massachusetts, USA.



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Wanjiku Mwaurah


The Slam Africa Queen of 2009, Wanjiku Mwaurah (born 1989), is a natural performer. Her poems as well as her delivery style are characterized by a simplicity that reaches the audience directly. 



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