Friday, June 27, 2008

Migritude, a cultural spirit of our times

Justus Siboe Makokha writes on East African Asians and their contributions to the arts here.

In the past month, lovers of literature in Nairobi and Mombasa have had the exceptional chance of celebrating the official homecoming of Migritude , a powerful, one-woman oral poetic performance by Shailja Patel. The gifted artist entertained and educated enthusiastic spectators for four days at the Phoenix Theatre, Nairobi, 3 weeks ago. She then staged her show in Mombasa at the Aga Khan Academy, Likoni in late July. Her homecoming performances are courtesy of Ford Foundation, which is doing a laudable job supporting the revival of the arts and literature in post-Nyayo Kenya.