"Umzila ka Moya (Spirit’s Path)", Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement From Capetown, South Africa

"Umzila ka Moya (Spirit’s Path)"

Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement From Capetown, South Africa

Fri, April 20, 2018

7:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

Free w/RSVP

Free w/RSVP

"Umzila ka Moya (Spirit’s Path)" is a poetry-theatre production that takes audiences on a journey through the complexities, difficulties and beauty underlying identity, heritage, and ancestry. An interrogation of the historical contingencies, familial circumstances and social realities that make the ‘clan name’ a site for contestation, celebration, pain, loss, and belonging. Wounds are opened and attended to, as we continue the never-ending journey to (re)define ourselves and understand our origins. Poets respond to pre-colonial influence by interrogating the inheritance from their forebears. Through songs, rituals and indigenous/mother-tongue idioms, each poet goes through a cleansing ceremony by unlearning what was imposed by colonial forces to their ancestors. Performed by Nomakrestu Xakatugaga, Anele Kose, Kanyiso Mabodla, Zama Qambi, Mbongeni Nomkhonwana, Thandeka Mfinyongo, Kathelo Kano Shoro and Javier Perez.

Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement From Capetown, South Africa
On the 9th of November 2012, the Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement was re-birthed by Lwanda Sindaphi and Mbongeni Nomkonwana out of Lingua Franca, first formed in 2009 by four young artists: Mbongeni Nomkonwana, Lwanda Sindaphi, Mawande Manez Sobethwa and Ncedisa Jargon Mpemnyama. Lingua Franca has its roots in the diverse community of Delft in Cape Town, South Africa. The goal was to help local artists mold their artistic gifts. The initiative was meant for emerging artists to challenge dominant narratives that only perpetuate injustices. The name “Lingua Franca” means a universal or bridge language used to communicate between diverse communities that do not share mothertongues. Poetry and music are this universal language. Through our work, we bring together people to reimagine a common community. Today, we remain established and emerging poets in and from the community, honouring our diverse truths and the power of our creative imagination. Mission: To speak truth to our collective and silenced narratives and to celebrate the profound and transformative power of young voices to invoke social change through poetry and music. Lingua Franca fuses spoken-word poetry with music in a manner that honours and preserves indigenous musicalities while reimagining an Afro-futuristic sound with a commitment to relevance and provocation. Vision: Lingua Franca embarks on innovation, fusion, collaboration, and provocative art that promote new realities and challenge norms and accepted possibilities. We aim to improve skills in writing, performance poetry, and music in Cape Town by providing a support system for young emerging poets, creating innovative art of provocation, and providing a platform to unite diverse voices under a common purpose.

The Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement is a South African company that fuses spoken word poetry and music with a commitment to making socially ostracized communities visible through workshops, performances and platforms. Lingua Franca has disturbed the poetry community nationally by creating provocative and groundbreaking productions, while organizing the annual Naked Word Festival as an affirmation, declaration and exploration of the future of a distinctly South African poetics.

"Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement From Cape Town, South Africa" is co-sponsored by: the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University, the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University, the Department of English at Northwestern University, the Global Indigeneity Working Group, the Center for Writing Arts, and the Poetry Foundation.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/