If you are a fan of spoken word then you should not miss Kwani’s next Open Mic. Nigerian American poet Bassey Ikpi will be the featured poet on Tuesday, the 1st of September. She will also hold a Spoken Word workshop and a special edition of Basseyworld Live: Nairobi (hosted at PAWA254 in partnership with WGLive) as well as visit a local school with Kwani Trust’s Soma Initiative.
Bassey Ikpi was once a featured cast member of Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry show. Bassey is now a freelance writer for several publications including Ebony, The Huffington Post, Essence.com, XOJane.com and TheRoot.com and was the resident pop culture critic for Philly’s WURD FM radio station.
Bassey has also been the curtain raiser performance poet for India Aria, Luther Vandross and Alicia Keys. She is a poet with a cause, and has recorded original poems for the Kaiser Foundation’s, HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful and there is No Comfort In Silence for Global Grind in partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb and World AIDS Day. In Lagos, she organized Do The Write Thing an event to show support through the spoken word for the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. She also recorded a song with popular Nigerian artist 2Face Idibia in support of the movement called Break The Silence.
The Kwani Open Mic starts at 7 pm and ends at 930 pm at the Phoenix Players inside the Professional Centre.
Tickets are Ksh. 500. There are limited advance tickets via M-PESA. Go to buy goods on your M-PESA Menu and enter till number 56714.