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SpeakSudan Magazine Launch

 

SpeakSudan is pleased to invite you to the launch of the first issue of our East African Youth Magazine!

Putting down roots is an incredible collection of literature, commentary, art and photographs.

The launch will take place at 6:30 PM (reception),  Show starts at 7:00 PM

There will be free childcare with engaging community oriented programming managed by Early Childhood Educator Zubayda Ismail

Multi-faith Prayer/Meditation Room Available

ASL Interpretation Provided

Cover art by Ethiopian Canadian Artist, Kalkidan Assefa
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Artist-Kalkidan-Assefa/344484722253156?fr...

ART SHOW AND AFRICAN YOUTH COMMUNITY VENDORS

Malyka Clothing
https://www.facebook.com/Malykaclothing

Simply Soronko Accessories
https://www.facebook.com/SimplySoronkoAccessories?fref=ts

Sewpoetic
http://sewpoetic.tumblr.com/
http://www.speaksudan.org/news/sew-poetic-interview-shushan

Includes catered appetizer, coffee and tea by Daniel et Daniel!
Vegetarian and Vegan options!

ALL SPACES ARE ACCESSIBLE

The magazine will be available for sale for $5 which will get you into the launch event. Our performer line-up is extraordinary, featuring:

Kim Crosby (Keynote)
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A daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. An award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator and educator.

http://kimkatrincrosby.squarespace.com/

Alysha Brillinger 
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Her jazz and fado influences create a rich story in her music. This half Tanzanian half Canadian songwriter plays a number of instruments and performs on both guitar and piano. Alysha Brillinger’s music takes you to the ocean side where each song was plucked from the romantic imagination of an Afro-influenced songstress. When not touring, Brillinger can be heard fronting “The Brilltones” at Toronto’s Premiere Jazz/Blues/Boogie Woogie venue, The Reservoir Lounge every Thursday night. Also a resident on the airwaves of Showcase’s “King” television show, Brillinger is the the featured vocalist and her voice and songs are on every episode. Brillinger was featured this year at the Toronto Jazz Festival and The Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Winner of the 2011 Leading Edge Arts Award, Brillinger currently has her first official release, “Brilla” on Itunes, her own label Sunny Jam Records.

http://alyshabrillinger.com/

Yusra Khogali
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In her own words:
I am Kenyan born artist from Sudan based in Toronto, Regent Park.I began doing spoken word in the summer of 2009 and since then have performed for over 300plus organizations/shows/venues. Writing has always been an integral part of my identity to situate myself in different environments,however growing up in a priority neighborhood has inspired my spoken word has become a tool to challenge status quo and critisize oppressive structures. I hope to provide an alternative image of black women and empower anyone I inspire with my work to translate it into tangible action

https://www.facebook.com/yusraspokenword?fref=ts

Manny Manolo 
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Manny Manolo, known at the earlier stages of his career as Fulani, is one of the most exciting new artists on today’s Afro-fusion scene. With his smooth vocals, captivating melodies and infectious African rhythms, Manny has transcended traditional musical genres to create a fresh, distinctive sound. His music is a unique blend of the eclectic mix of music he listened to while growing up in Kenya, ranging from Soul, RnB, Hip hop and Jazz to the local Benga, Chakacha, Afropop and Congolese Soukous.Manny’s musical prowess and commitment to issues affecting African people heritage has garnered him the attention of several international initiatives aimed at improving the lives of Africans.
Having performed and toured around North America and parts of Africa, Manny’s musical artistry and the international appeal of his distinctive sound is quickly making him a sought after performer. Manny continues to invest his energy into crafting quality music for audiences worldwide and is set to release his newest, eagerly anticipated album in 2013.

http://www.mannymanolo.com/

Mutendei Akhaya Nabutete
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Mutendei is a concious poetry writer and novelist, from Kenya who also performs a majority of his poetical works as a spoken word artist. He has published two books, first being "Symposium Street: A collection of Poetry and short stories" and the second being "The Poetry express", which is a compilation of several prominent pieces of his work.
In addition he is also the administrator of his own Blog " The Idea_Bank11" on Facebook that covers current issues and social changes in the world.

Also Featuring: 
- Spoken Word Artist: Rua El Khasheef, Singer/Song Writer Marianne Jesow and SpeakSudan's own, Mahad Mohamood!

THIS PROJECT WAS GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY THE LAIDLAW FOUNDATION

Performance

40 Acres and a Spaceship

SpeakSudan presents "40 Acres and a Spaceship" an original production by the Young African Men's Theater Arts Program (YAMTAP) Participants. This one night staging of the original theater production will be followed by a panel discussion on Black theater and storytelling as well as the importance of community based arts for racialized communities. About the play 40 Acres and a Spaceship is a critical examination of race and class politics in the unlikely setting of another planet in the far future.The play reflects on the realities of state sanctioned violence, policing, loss and family. About the panel Panelists: Amanda Parris, Matthew Progress, Natasha Adiyana Morris and Rania El Mugammar This Event is Pay What You Can/Pay What You Want, no one will be turned away.

Theatre

40 Acres and a Spaceship

SpeakSudan presents "40 Acres and a Spaceship" an original production by the Young African Men's Theater Arts Program (YAMTAP) Participants. This one night staging of the original theater production will be followed by a panel discussion on Black theater and storytelling as well as the importance of community based arts for racialized communities. About the play 40 Acres and a Spaceship is a critical examination of race and class politics in the unlikely setting of another planet in the far future.The play reflects on the realities of state sanctioned violence, policing, loss and family. About the panel Panelists: Amanda Parris, Matthew Progress, Natasha Adiyana Morris and Rania El Mugammar This Event is Pay What You Can/Pay What You Want, no one will be turned away.

Visual Art

KANDAKE- OF SWORD AND PEN: BLACK WOMXN’S ART AND RESISTANCE

An evening of music, poetry, art and the hustle of black womxn artists. Performers include Faduma Mohamed, Charmie Deller, Paulina O'Kieffe, Rania El Mugammar and more! Vendors from the community will be selling hand made accessories, art and food.

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