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Cooperation: Ink Deep Spoken Word Evening with Linda Gabriel, Ogutu Muraya, Akira, Joe Madog Bliese


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Ink Deep and AfricAvenir invite you to a special evening with Ogutu Muraya (Kenia), Akira (Germany), Joe Madog Bliese (Germany) and Zimbabwean poet, spoken word artist and MC Linda Gabriel, in the framework of the Ink Deep Spoken Words Series at Berlin's Not Only Jazz Bar (Boxhagener Str. 111).

Currently in residency in Berlin, Linda Gabriel is part of an immensely energetic spoken-word scene in Johannesburg and Harare. While she among other young writers explores new urban forms of literature such as Slam Poetry and Performance Poetry she also creates poetic platforms, e.g. Sistaz Open Mic Harare, House of Hunger Poetry Slam Johannesburg and Kaldis Poetry and Coffee. She was part of Body of Words, an all female theatrical poetry show that featured poets such as Natalia Molebatsi, Lebogang Mashile, Khanyi Magubane, Khosi Xaba, Myesha Jenkins and Phillippa Yaa De Villers.

Ogutu Muraya is a Kenyan writer, theatre-maker and storyteller. He studied International Relations at USIU-Africa. He has been active in Nairobi’s creative scene since 2007. He is currently the Creative Director of The Theatre Company of Kenya and previously worked in the editorial department at Kwani Trust. Ogutu is fond of writing and telling stories based on true events drawn past and living memories. His performance works strive to be entertaining and insightful while exploring and cross-examining complex cultural, social and political issues within Kenya and the region. He has been published in the Kwani? Journal and the Chimurenga Chronic (S.A).

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. Thanks to his stints in Paris and London he is familiar with local scenes and languages there as well. He has a degree in cultural studies and coordinates numerous “social” music projects for the Street Social Work organization Gangway e.V. In addition he has worked as booking as well as event manager. His repertoire also includes coaching and live rap performance training.

Akira is a bass player based in Berlin.

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