Female artists make a stand against GBV

IN solidarity with the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, female artists from various disciplines will showcase their productions at the Book Café from November 24 to December 8.

Report by Tinashe Sibanda

The 16-day programme will run from November 25 to December 10. Organisers of the Book Café events, Pamberi Trust, will this year continue with their Female Literary, Arts and Music Enterprise (Flame) project to resonate with the annual commemorations.

Flame’s special guest for this year’s edition is acclaimed US hip-hop artist, Akua Naru.

Since 2008, Pamberi Trust has provided a platform for raising awareness of gender-based violence (GBV).

It has played host to various female artists and activists from a cross section of disciplines such as music, poetry, spoken-word, film and workshops.

“This year Flame is once again proud to be actively involved in the 16 Days Against Gender Violence awareness campaign to stimulate action and discussion on this issue,” said Pamberi Trust spokesperson, Tawanda Mudzonga.

“We have an exciting programme of activities lined up at The Book Café. Our main act for the programme will be Akua Naru. She will share her international experience with local female artists and women in general.”

According to her official website Naru is a wordsmith who has garnered attention by trotting the globe, recording her experiences and fusing various musical genres with her brand of hip-hop.

Since the release of her debut album, The Journey Aflame released in January 2011, Naru has positioned herself as a role model for aspiring female hip-hop artists.

She has performed with renowned African musicians including Femi Kuti and Angélique Kidjo in addition to partnering other international stars for various projects.

Naru’s latest album, Live & Aflame Sessions, has received rave reviews since its release in May.

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