ALLIANCE Française, in conjunction with Magamba Cultural Activist Network, will on Sunday host the second edition of hip hop festival Streets Live.The event is set to feature French jazz musician Charles Amblard and his ensemble as well as South African poet and rapper, Iain Robinson, popularly known as Ewok.
Alliance Francaise cultural and communication officer Nelly Mukwembi said the event, which will start in the afternoon, was organised to promote cultural exchange to reach out to a diversified crowd.
“As part of its endeavour to promote cultural exchange, the Alliance Française de Harare will join forces with Magamba Cultural Network, which has organised a number of monthly events, to reach out to a diverse crowd,” said Mukwembi.
She said the festival would feature presentations in the form of music and poetry.
“Members of the public are invited and welcome to participate. There will be an open-mic session, breakdance battle amongst many other activities as part of the programme. We encourage people from all walks of life to be part of this year’s enlivening Streets Live Festival.”
Also expected to grace the event are Zimbabwe’s prolific artists, poets and singers like Aura, wordsmith Aspaya and one of the country’s trendsetting hip hop outfits, Outspoken and The Essence.
Ewok has performed in the country twice at the Harare International Festival of the Arts where he presented thought-provoking theatre pieces at The Standard Theatre and Hivos poetry Café. His role as a hip hop education activist has placed him in numerous classrooms, as a workshop leader and lecturer in an attempt to articulate the potential of hip hop culture as a tool for social transformation through arts and education.
He has published two anthologies of spoken word text, Word: Customised Hype and Pimp My Poetry, and recorded a series of independent music projects.
Amblard is a French Jazz musician who learned to play different instruments namely the lap steel guitar, bass, piano and banjo from the age of eight.
Since then he has worked on different kinds of music from rock, blues, trip hop, hip hop and jazz.