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Badilisha Calls on Cape Town to Celebrate Africa Day

Badilisha Poetry X-Change May 2010

A timeous gathering of local and international poets is set to inspire, provoke and reflect on who we are this coming Africa Day in a free lunchtime celebration at the Cape Town Central Library (Drill Hall) in Darling Street at 12h30-14h30 on Monday, 25 May 2010.

Themed “Beyond Borders”, the poets hail from the continent by birth, residence or ancestry. Through performance and discussion, they will challenge and play with stereotypes about Africa and Africans and encourage the audience to consider different perspectives. Recorded poetry soundscapes played (over the PA) in the venue will link to an installation of mirrors conceived by event partner Chimurenga as part of their evolving Chronicles project – The Chronicles project begins its national tour at this collaborative event.

The poets are part of a line-up that is in Cape Town for the Africa Centre’s Badilisha Live on the 21 and 22 May 2010. Artists include two-time USA Individual Champion of the National Poetry Slam (only one other poet holds this accolade) and winner of the World Cup Poetry Slam in France, Anis Mojgani (USA); hot on the block local talent, Blaq Pearl; Canadian born/SA and Swaziland-based, rhythm-driven wordsmith croc E moses; D’ bi Young; an award-winning poet, actor and playwright from Canada (originally Jamaica); and Emmy award-winning, Kwame Dawes from the USA via Ghana and Jamaica.

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, but it has also become a day on which the spotlight is shone on the cultural and social energy that is Africa.

Further cause to celebrate this Africa Day is the fact that Badilisha has evolved in an online adventure, Badilisha Radio. Badilisha Radio via its weekly podcasts is the only online anthology of African voices that features poets from both the continent and the African diaspora. Launched with 25 stellar voices. regular updates to this collection will soon see this platform as an invaluable resource for audiences wanting to tap into the heart and mind of contemporary African poetry.

For more about Badilisha Live (tickets are R60 available at Computicket), the Africa Day Celebration (free of charge) and Badilisha Radio (online), please visit or phone the Africa Centre on 021 422 0468.

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