12.15pm - 12.45pm
Somalia has a longstanding tradition in poetry with an oral tradition as musical as it is lyrical. Somali poet Ali Abdirahman will share poems from his first book, which provides guidance and inspirational messages on themes such as morality, self-confidence, identity, friendship, spirituality, love for family, appreciation for natural beauty, and courage in the face of adversity.
3.00pm - 3.30pm
Enjoy the joyful harmonies of Southern Africa with SOSA-XA! Led by Tonde Phiri from Zimbabwe, this Sheffield based intercultural choir sings (and moves) Mbube-style in a variety of Southern African languages. Get involved, have fun, and expect to dance!
Ayan De First Group Performance
3.30pm - 4.00pm
Participants from the Ayan De First: Music and Dance Workshop and Rehearsal workshop will perform with the Oduduwa Talking Drummers.
Somali Poets: So At One With You (in association with Off The Shelf)
4.00pm - 5.00pm
Off the Shelf is delighted to collaborate with the Spirit of Africa Festival to bring this bi-lingual event celebrating a new anthology of poems and essays by Somali writers and leading poets from the Horn of Africa. The book features Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac ‘Gaarriye’ and Jaamac Kediye Cilmi, as well as contemporary writers in the Somali diaspora such as Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf.
Haymanot Tesfa & Arian Sadr
5.30pm - 6.30pm
Amharic singer Haymanot Tesfa was born & raised in Ethiopia and now lives in England. Accompanying herself on the 6-string krar (traditional lyre) and performing alongside Iranian percussionist Arian Sadr, she will sing a set of new improvisations on deeply traditional Ethiopian songs.
All these events are FREE and are drop-in on the day.
There are also FREE workshops taking place with IROKO Theatre on the Lobby Stage throughout the day from 11.00am. Find out more and book here.
These events are part of the Spirit of Africa Festival - Fri 26 & Sat 27 October