Join us to celebrate the launch of Sawti's debut zine. The night will include poetry readings in Kiswahili, Arabic and English - alongside visuals from artists based in Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda, the UK and elsewhere.
Sawti was founded by Sumia Jaama to connect East African poets to their counterparts in the diaspora through conversation and collaboration. The platform engages and represents a multitude of voices that represent what it means to be East African and writing today.
Featuring performances by Ada B, Eljae, and Ola Elhassan. There will also be an in-conversation with Rehema Chachage and Amaal Said, and a screening of Sawti's commissioned film.
All ticket holders who attend the event will receive a free copy of the Sawti zine.
Sumia Jaama is poet, educator and winner of FourHubs’ 2018 Poetry Prize. Founder of Sawti (an East African literature project) she is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and a recent graduate of the Creative Writing and Education MA at Goldsmiths, University of London.
She often writes about movement and the constant process of leaving. Her work has most recently been published in Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry and has been commissioned by Royal Academy of Arts and Keats House Museum.
18:45 – 19:00 Doors open
19:00 – 19:15 Compilation of project video
19:15 – 19:25 Welcome and introductions
19:25 – 19:40 Digital Zine Launch
19:40 – 20:00 In conversation with Rehema Chachage and Amaal Said
20:00 – 20:45 Artist Performances
20:45 – 21:00 Sawti comissioned Film
21:00 Closing remarks
Eljae's poetry centres on the doing of relationships, and the ways in which we construct ourselves as people. Featuring at nights such as Boomerang, Brown Sugar Movement, and Poetry and Shaah she has loved every second of her poetry career so far.
Previously published online and in collections such as, I Know Two Sudans, The Colour of Madness, and Azza fi Hawak, Eljae is excited to share with you these two pieces, on her grandmother's unnamed lessons and her own recollections of finding home in otherness. Her next step is to publish her first pamphlet, which she hopes will welcome you in to how she constructs her self.
Ada B is an R&B/Neo Soul Singer and Songwriter from East London.
Her dad was her first introduction to music as he would DJ at local events. Thus exposing Ada to artists such as New Edition, Whitney Houston and Floetry at a very young age, whilst practising at home.
From there Ada B began writing in her diary; tales of her life, stories, poems and songs whilst listening to the instrumentals of some of her favourite songs. However songwriting stuck with her and she began converting a lot of her diary entries, stories and poems into full songs from the age of 9. Ada B would sing them to herself but would never share a song she made until the age of 22.
Ola Elhassan is a Sudanese poet and electrical engineer. She grew up between Denmark and Sudan, and currently resides in London.
She has previously performed at Ace Hotel Shoreditch alongside Nick Makoha, Kevin Coval and Safia Elhillo at their Break Beat tour of 2018, as well as other venues including Roundhouse and the Free Word Centre.
She recently completed a writing programme for Sudanese Femmes Azza Fi Hawak facilitated by Safia Elhillo and Nehal El-Hadi.
Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.
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This event has been curated by Sumia Jaama in collaboration with Autograph.
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Banner Image: Photograph by Nim BJ.
Page images, from top left: 1-3 and 7-8) Photographs by Amaal Said. 9) Entrance to Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.