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Shoko Festival press release
Cultural Activist Network
September 30, 2011
amazing freestyle session and an unforgettable performance by Tumi
& the Volume brought the curtain down on the inaugural Shoko
International Spoken Word and Hip Hop Festival. Running from the
21st to the 24th of September Shoko saw a four day programme packed
with workshops, conferences, debates, concerts, poetry slams, live
graffiti and real festive feel with hundreds of punters participating.
The Shoko International
Spoken Word and Hip Hop Festival is set to be an annual event and
is organised by Magamba, Zimbabwe's leading spoken word and
hip hop organization. Shoko is a celebration of poetry, hip hop
and urban culture that strives for positive social change.
off on Wednesday 21st at the Book Café with a full house
for a debate entitled ‘Art for A Change' that featured
an international panel including UK rapper Akala, German film maker
Florian Gaag and the Kenyan ghetto poet Tim Mwaura.
to the Mannenberg on the 22nd September for the Slam Poetry Express
presented by Pamberi
Trust which saw performances by top class poets from 6 different
countries: Germany, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
There was a raucous full house of people once again as the popular
Botswana poet Mandisa won the slam that evening.
On Friday 23rd
Shoko moved to the Alliance Francaise, the main festival site. Alliance
Francaise was reloaded and redesigned with two stages, a huge PA
system, artistic stalls and a real festival vibe. The programme
for the day included concerts and a conference involving local artists
aswell as the invited international artists from 8 different countries.
that evening on the King Pinn Main Stage was the UK hip hop sensation,
Akala, courtesy of the British Council. He had the entire crowd
swaying to the right and to the left to his infectious beats. Akala
has rocked live spots on BBC Radio 1 and warmed up for artists as
diverse as Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera and Richard Ashcroft. Another
headliner Friday evening was Andreattah Chuma, the award-winning
Botswana-based poet. The Monkey Nutz featuring Synk represented
for Zimbabwe as they got the crowd to sing along to their tunes.
The party continued at the Vera Stage as DJ Rax played till the
early hours of Saturday morning.
kicked off with the Shoko Workshops in the Marechera Theatre at
Alliance Francaise. The workshops saw leading local and international
artists giving skills sharing workshops to participants. This included
the SA hip hop star Tumi teaming up with Botswana's Andreattah
Chuma to give a workshop on writing skills for MCs and poets. Germany's
Florian Gaag showed his award-winning film Wholetrain. While Brooklyn's
Hired Gun gave a much anticipated free styling workshop for young
Shoko had an
unforgettable final evening of concerts that included Tumi &
the Volume, the phenomenal Brooklyn rapper Hired Gun, as well as
DJ Bionic the legendary SA hip hop DJ, Aura, Outspoken & the
Essence, POY, Ghetto Projekts and many more. Tumi & the Volume
rocked the crowd with their polished performances which have seen
them tour the world. The concerts on King Pinn Main Stage were wrapped
up by an amazing impromptu freestyle session which saw over twenty
leading MCs on stage including Zimbabwe freestyle champion, Munetsi,
as well as Hired Gun, Tumi, Akala and many more.
an inspiring festival to be part of" says festival director
Comrade Fatso "The event brought together so many great minds
and powerful ideas. It was a real living, artistic space with some
amazing concerts. Now that the word is out there we aim to make
it even bigger and better next year!"
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