Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe’s session at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 4 from Lille, France happened on July 5, 2020. He was hosted by Hemley Boum.
Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. The festival format is two sessions a day on Instagram Live with an artist moderated by a host who also fields questions from audience members. There have been three editions so far; Season 1 from March 23-30, Season 2 from April 20-27, and Season 3 from May 25 – June 1.
Season 4, which started on June 29, has so far seen Ngwatilo Mawiyoo in Nairobi, Kenya, Hannibal Tabu in Los Angeles, USA, Lamelle Shaw in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún in Lagos, Nigeria, Irenosen Okojie in London, UK, Koleka Putuma in Cape Town, South Africa, Natalia Molebatsi in Johannesburg, South Africa, Iquo DianaAbasi in Lagos, Nigeria, Mélio Tinga in Maputo, Mozambique, Raoul Djimeli in Yaounde, Cameroon, and Lu Ain-Zaila in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sunday, July 5, the penultimate day of the festival, kicked off with Mel Matsinhe in Maputo, Mozambique followed by Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe in Lille, France. Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe also known as Captain Alexandre has published four books: ADN (Afriques Diasporas Négritude), Le Chant Des Possible (awarded by the Fetkann Poetry Prize and the Paul Verlaine Poetry Prize of the French Academy in 2015), Résidents de la République (Editions La Cheminante, essay written in “state of emergency” in 2016) and De Terre, De Mer, D’amour Et De Feu (Mémoire d’Encrier, 2017). His first novel, Diên Biên Phù, was published in March 2018 by Sabine Wespieser Editeur, along with his new collection of texts Ci-gît mon coeur, (Editions La Cheminante). Founding member of Collectif On A Slamé Sur La Lune, he is also a columnist (Africultures, Mediapart, Le Nouveau Magazine Littéraire) and intervenes in schools and universities. Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe was made Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, by presidential decree of May 2, 2017. Captain Alexandre slams his lyrics on stages around the world.
You can watch the session between Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe and his host Hemley Boum in the below video. Please note that the video is principally in French.