Poetry Performance by Acclaimed Zimbabwean Poet Linda Gabriel (Harare/Johannesburg), Thursday, 12 June 2014, 7 p.m., No Name Bar, Berlin

On Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 7 p.m., Ink Deep and AfricAvenir invite you to a special performance of acclaimed Zimbabwean poet, spoken word artist and MC Linda Gabriel in the framework of the Ink Deep Spoken Words Series at No Name Bar (Oppelnerstr. 44, Kreuzberg). Currently based in Johannesburg, she is part of an immensely energetic spoken-word scene in Johannesburg and Harare. While Gabriel 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.

Born in 1985 Linda Gabriel belongs to the "born free" generation, authors who were born in the euphoria of independence, but who experienced political repression and economic crisis during adolescence. Against this background, their poetry plays an important role in the ongoing debate among young people about contemporary politics as well as the socio-economic challenges this generation has to face. Linda Gabriel is one of the poetesses who distinctly and visibly add a female perspective to the discussion. She has the rare ability to approach sensitive topics with an air of an almost forthright authenticity while paying respect to the people whose reality she portrays. This very specific mélange allows her to break taboos yet receive approval by audience and colleagues alike. Like many of her colleagues Gabriel memorizes all her poetry. She is also known for using English as well as Shona to adjust her poetry to the topic addressed. (text: Ricarda de Haas, Berlin)

Linda Gabriel
Spoken Word Performance
Thursday, 12 June 2014, 19h00
Ink Deep
No Name Bar
Oppelnerstr. 44
10997 Berlin


Solo Performancesn

  • Workshops and performances in Cote d’Ivoire – December 2013
  • Tour in Kigali-workshops and performances, Rwanda – September 2013
  • Sanna Africa Festival, Johannesburg –South Africa, May 2013
  • Cup O Thought, Durban- South Africa, September 2012
  • Blantyre Arts Festival, Blantyre- Malawi, Oct 2011
  • Kinshasa Platform of Performing Arts, Kinshasa- DRC, July 2011
  • Lilongwe International Arts Festival, Lilongwe – Malawi, May 2011
  • Super Woman Fest, Lilongwe-Malawi, March 2011
  • My World Images Festival, Denmark, September 2010
  • Arts Alive, Johannesburg -South Africa, 2007, 2009, 2011
  • Jozi Spoken Word Festival, Johannesburg – South Africa, 2008, 2009
  • Harare International Festival of Arts, Harare – Zimbabwe, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • House of Hunger Jozi , Johannesburg – South Africa, 2009 – current
  • Thuba Lethu/Our Time Youth festival, Harare -Zimbabwe, 2009
  • Freedom for media in Zimbabwe Concert, Graham’s Town -South Africa, 2007
  • British Council’s Power in the Voice, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Lusaka, Zambia, 2007
  • House of Hunger Poetry Slam Zimbabwe, 2005 – Current

nCollaborated Withn

  • Myesha Jenkins, Natalia Molebatsi, Lebo Mashile, Khanyi Magubane, Khosi Xaba and Phillippa Yaa De Villers in a theatrical poetry show – Body of Words, South Africa
  • Edmond Nhamoinesu – Zimbabwean Visual Artist, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Christopher Mlalazi, Zimbabwean Writer and Poet, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Papa Zai- Zambian Reggea Artist, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Ticha Muzavazi, Zimbabwea poet and Mbira player, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Upmost – Zimbabwean Poet, Harare
  • Finuala Dowling – South African Poet, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Samantha R Thornhill – US based poet, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Stanley O Kenani – Malawian poet at HIFA, Harare

nShared Stage Withn

  • Dudu Manhenga – Zimbabwean Afro Jazz Diva
  • Chiwoniso Maraire – Zimbabwean Chimurenga Soul Diva
  • Cde Fatso – Zimbabwean Poet
  • Outspoken – Zimbabwean Poet/Hip hop artist
  • Ethel Kabwato – Zimbabwean Poet/Writter
  • Victor Mavedzenge – Zimbabwean Poet/Writter/Comedian/fine artist
  • Chirikure Chirikure – Zimbabwean Poet/Writter
  • Mzwake Mbuli – South African Poet
  • Gcina Mhlope – South African Story teller
  • Napo Masheane– South African Poet
  • Phillippa Yaa De Villers – South African Poet/Writer
  • Lebo Mashile – South African Poet
  • Natalia Molebatsi – South African Poet/Writer
  • Khosi Xaba – South African Poet
  • Myesha Jenkins – US Poet


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