Badilisha Poetry X-Change is both an online audio archive and Pan-African poetry show delivered in radio format. Now the largest online collective of African poets on the planet, Badilisha has showcased and archived over 350 Pan-African poets from 24 different countries. It reflects the myriad of rhythms and rhymes, voices, perspectives and aspirations from all corners of the globe.
You can now listen to African poets, including APBF-affiliated poets Kwame Dawes, Inua Ellams, Vuyelwa Maluleke, and Warsan Shire, reading their poems on your cell phone! Badilisha Poetry X-Change, a project of The Africa Centre in Capetown, South Africa, is a radio show and audio archive devoted to providing global exposure for Pan-African poets. Two new poets are featured on Badilisha Poetry’s website (http://badilishapoetry.com/) each week, while older broadcasts can be accessed in the audio archives. The website also offers biographies of the poets and text versions of the poems, making it a great resource for discovering your new favorite African poet.
Badilisha Poetry currently boasts the world’s largest audio archive of African poetry and recently joined Bozza, a digital platform for videos, music, and poetry from Africa. Simply go to bozza.mobi to listen online.
Kwame Dawes, who reads his poem “Hope’s Hospice,” is a member of APBF’s editorial board and the author of sixteen collections of poetry. He also serves as the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and is a Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Inua Ellams, who reads his poem “One Life,” is a Nigerian poet whose forthcoming chapbook “The Wire Headed Heathen,” will be published as part of APBF’s Eight New Generation African Poets box set, to be released in early 2013. Vuyelwa Maluleke, who reads her poem “Tonight,” is a South African poet whose forthcoming chapbook “Things We Lost in the Fire” will be published as part of APBF’s Eight New Generation African Poets box set, to be released in early 2015. Warsan Shire, who reads her poem “Tribe of Woods,” is the author of “Our Men Do Not Belong to Us,” published as part of APBF’s Seven New Generation African Poets box set in early 2014. She recently concluded her term as London’s first Young Poet Laureate.
You can order your copy of Seven New Generation African Poets online at Amazon.com. The Eight New Generation African Poets box set will soon be available from Akashic Books.
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