The AFRICAN DRUMS BOOK AND POETRY FESTIVAL is the brain-child of Mbizo Chirasha, a Zvishavane-born performing poet in Zimbabwe, and One Ghana One Voice co-founder Julian Adomako Gymah of Ghana. Mbizo Chirasha reports that “the project seeks
to promote poetry collaboration and intergaration within Southern Africa,” and the involment of Ghana in the collaboration gives this important event the authentic Pan-Africanist feel.
Taking place in in Zimbabwe at Alliance Francaise, this poetry explosion runs from December 10 to 12, exploring creative skills developmemt, opinion seminars on poetry, perfomances of poetry and readings by poets from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and others.
“Poets need to come together and celebrate the energy and culture of words”, writes Chirasha.
To speak at opinion seminars are writers and teachers of literature like Dr Chivaura, Musa Zimunya ,Memory Chirere, Albert Nyathi ,Celia Winte Irving, among others. Poetry performers include Julius Chingono, Batsirai Chigama, Sussana Himbala (Namibia), Simon Longwe /Zambia ,Blackpoet, Black Heat ,Manikongo , musician Rusere.
10 December: seminar day 1030am-230pm/reading evening
11 December: workshop day 1030-/poetry reading evening
12 December: AFRICAN DRUMS POETRY EXPLOSION/630pm-1130pm.