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As part of PEN World Voices Festival 2013
Africa House Presents: African Literature on the Mews
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
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NOTE: Due to the high demand for the program: Perspectives from African Writers Panel at 5:00pm all available seats for this session have been reserved. Any additional RSVPs will be accommodated based on availabilty of seating at check-in. Any available seats will be released approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the program
10:00am – 11:30am Writers Workshop: “Not by the book: one writer’s answers to questions most writers ask.” By Igoni Barrett, Nigeria
Location: NYU Africa House: 14A Washington Mews, New York NY 10003
2:00pm – 3:00pm African Musical Workshop
Zimbabwe to Haiti: the Soul of Shona Mbira Music
By Tiga-Jean Baptiste
Location: NYU Africa House 14A Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003
5:00pm – 6:30 pm Perspectives from African Writers: “Who’s the main audience of the African writer and what effect does this audience have on African literature?” A panel discussion. Featuring: Igoni Barrett, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, NoViolet Bulawayo & Olufemi Terry.
Location: NYU Africa House: 14 A Washington Mews, New York, NY
6:30pm - 7:30pm Post Panel Reception – @ 44 Washington Mews – NYU Africa House
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Moderator: Eddie Mandhry
Associate Director, NYU Africa House
About the Authors:
A. Igoni Barrett
Igoni Barrett is a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. He lives in Nigeria.
Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of Nairobi Heat (Penguin, SA 2009, Melville House Publishing, 2011), an anthology of poetry titled Hurling Words at Consciousness(AWP, 2006) and the forthcoming Finding Sahara (Melville, 2013). He was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2009 and for the Penguin Prize for African Writing in 2010. He has a PHD in English from UW-Madison and an MA in creative writing from Boston University.
Olufemi Terry has recently written about Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kony2012, and Cape Verde. His essays and fiction have been published in the American Scholar, Guernica and Chimurenga and he has been writer in Residence at Georgetown and Cove Park, U.K. His short story Stickfighting Days won the Caine Prize for African writing in 2010.
NoViolet Bulawayo is the author of We Need New Names, forthcoming in May 2013 from Little, Brown. Her stories have won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and shortlisted for the J.M. Coetzee – judged 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi Award. NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship, and most recently, a lecturer of English. She is now a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Musical Workshop - Zimbabwe to Haiti: the Soul of Shona Mbira Music
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Tiga Jean-Baptiste is a multi-talented and accomplished young Haitian musician. Born into a family deeply rooted in traditional Afro-Haitian music, Tiga is continuing his family legacy, while embracing music of other lands. Tiga began drumming beside his father Bonga, a master of the Haitian drum. He accompanied Bonga throughout the Haitian countryside, learning many different regional drumming styles. While in his early teens, Tiga studied jazz with renowned Haitian jazz saxophonist Thurgot Theodat from whom he quickly learned circular breathing technique that enhanced his skills on Haitian bamboo, tin horns (called vaksinn koné), didjeridoo. Within a few short years of picking up the Shona Mbira, Tiga exhibited such skill and mastery he caught the attention of Zimbabwe’s greatest exponents the Shona mbira, Thomas Mapfumo and Stella Chiweshe with whom he performed and trained respectively. He has already established himself as an illustrious sideman and session musicians. To date Tiga has performed with Grace Jones, Urban Tap, Emeline Michele, John Legend, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Mozayik and Buyu Ambroise in addition to his core membership in Bonga & the Vodou Drums of Haiti. In 2000, he was invited to Japan with the Tet Kale Orchestra. Tiga is a teaching artist with the non-profit organization Global Kids and he been a featured accompanist with Wyclef Jean, Pat Hall Dance, Urban Tap and Jean-Leon Destine.
Free & Open to the Public
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