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“I write what I feel and in the way I feel it should be written” - Poetry, Dub and Rap-Master Lesego Rampolokeng in Berlin

On Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 18.00 hours, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Berlin in cooperation with the Seminar of African Studies at the Humboldt University and AfricAvenir presents a reading of South African Poet- and Rap-Master Lesego Rampolokeng. Moderation: Flora Veit-Wild. Admission is free.

A personal registration is compulsive, please fill out the |+| rsvp form and fax it back to: 030-22073-194 or email it to: webmaster(at)suedafrika.org

Lesego Rampolokeng (1965), belongs to the "Children of Soweto" generation, and was part of the Black Consciousness Movement demonstrations against apartheid. He grew up and still lives in Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg. His early work reflects influences from diverse sources: the reggae of Caribbean dub poets; the political rap of North Americans such as Gil Scot-Heron; street poetry as well as elements of dithoko songs, stemming from seSotho traditions.

Rampolokeng has published several poetry collections – some with German translations –, spoken word albums and two volumes of prose.  His elaborate poetic art and biting wordsmith’s tongue have made him one of the most widely sought-after South African poets on stages around the world. It is been a while since his last performances in Berlin. So: Don’t miss this show!

“One measure of a poet is what he is prepared to take on, and Rampolokeng is prepared to take on everything: history, politics, religion, war, economics, obscenity, consumerism, silliness, sexual hypocrisy and his own contradictions.” (Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal) 

Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2010, 18 hours
Venue: Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
Tiergartenstr. 18, 10785 Berlin

Bus 200 (Tiergartenstr.) / M29 (Hiroshimasteg); S/U Potsdamer Platz

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