A really interesting article - the closing pararaphs resonate in a UK context too, where many poets create work for both the page and the stage.
What is more, research on the spoken word and hip hop as well as on older forms such as izibongo or lithoko praise poetry shows how these artistic forms are thriving on stages around the continent. They are also being published in books on websites and on multimedia platforms such as YouTube. The recently published Goethe-Institut book, The Spoken Word Project: Stories Travelling Through Africa, demonstrates the growing vibrancy of performance poetry in cities around the continent. Poets work in a variety of ways – ranging from those who carefully compose their work to present orally on stage to those who compose on their feet in performance.