This Friday on #FatumasVoice:
There is a poets uprising. The revolution is here. Poetry has been an integral part of Kenya’s art scene since pre-independence days to date. Throughout the years, we have read tremendous works from household names in the East African region.
However, performance poetry hasn’t had too many examples to draw inspiration and mentorship from, with enthusiastic poetry performers having to heavily rely on the internet to learn from the best in spokenword. That regardless, there is a promising surge of talented poets already making a lasting mark in Kenya’s poetry scene in regard to poetry performance. This lot has been growing in the last decade to create a formidable industry which is looking to support the artistes financially since they partake in the art on a professional level.
The challenges they have to go through as a result include having to be paid for showcasing their work in a country whose corporate world is yet to begin investing in spokenword poetry. With that in mind, a discussion is brewing on how we can get poetry to a level that would attract investors and have it be part of Kenya’s economy builders.
That will of course need careful deliberation, unity and studying the reality checks.
Join us this Friday as the poets speak and you get an opportunity to add your two cents on how they could better their work so as to earn from it.