African artists from the continent and the Diaspora showcase performances that they took to the Mboka festival of arts culture and sport in in The Gambia in January 2019 at Mboka Festival Showcase in Brighton this October.
The day event will include poetry, storytelling, clowning, music and film from Sene-Gambia’s premier arts and cultural festival. It will also feature Olumide Popoola, Zena Edwards and Yvette Edwards – contributors to the New Daughters of Africa anthology -reading chosen pieces from the book itself and taking part in a Q&A with the audience.
Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby’s groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa illuminated the ‘silent, forgotten, underrated voices of black women’ (The Washington Post). Published to international acclaim, it was hailed as ‘an extraordinary body of achievement… a vital document of lost history’ (The Sunday Times).
New Daughters of Africa continues that mission for a new generation, bringing together a selection of overlooked artists of the past with fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades, from Antigua to Zimbabwe and Angola to the USA. Key figures join popular contemporaries in paying tribute to the heritage that unites them. Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, honours the strong links that endure from generation to generation, and addresses the common obstacles women writers of colour face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class, and confront vital matters of independence, freedom and oppression.
Mboka Festival -Showcase takes place from 12 pm – 9 pm, Sunday 13 October 2019 at The Writers’ Place in Brighton. More information can be found HERE.