Tsitsi Dangarembga and Thandi Sebe were the final acts at the Artistic Encounters series for 2019 at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi on November 27, 2019. They were moderated by series creator and curator Zukiswa Wanner.
There was a full house at the Goethe-Institut, Nairobi for the Artistic Encounters series on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Artistic Encounters has been a thrill for audiences in Nairobi over the last three years as they saw two artists of different genres from across the African continent present an art experience of their combined work. The final edition of the series for 2019 featured thespian Thandi Sebe and novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga.
Tsitsi Dangarembga is the author of the Tambudzai trilogy of Nervous Conditions (1988), The Book of Not (2006), and This Mournable Body (2018). She is also a filmmaker of note writing Neria (1993), and directing Everyone’s Child (1996), and Growing Stronger (2005). For this evening however, the focus was on the Tambudzai trilogy which was brought to life by Thandi Sebe who has distinguished herself on stage, TV, and cinema. The actor weaved the audience through the trilogy with This Mournable Body as the main book while borrowing from the previous two books for continuity. Sebe’s was arguably the best acting performance seen at the Artistic Encounters series in the last three years. You can watch a large part of it recorded on our trusty cellphone below.
After the performances, the author and the actor went on stage and had a moderated conversation with the series curator. Over the next three quarters of an hour, the audience heard the artists discuss their challenges as writer and as actor bringing the books to life, a history lesson on the relationship between the South African and Hollywood film industries, writing for film versus writing for novels, and loads more. You can watch a large part of the discussions recorded on our trusty cellphone below.
With the discussions over, fans lined up and had their books, on sale by Prestige Books, signed by the beloved Zimbabwean author. You can see some of the sights from the evening courtesy of Julian Manjahi and the Goethe-Institut, Nairobi.
Check out the previous editions of the series below.
- Artist Victor Ehikhamenor and poet Koleka Putuma.
- Trumpeter Christine Kamau and poet Philipp Khabo Koepsell.
- Novelist Lola Shoneyin and storyteller Maimouna Jallow.
- Author Angela Makholwa and actress Patricia Kihoro.
- Novelist, short story writer, and academic Pede Hollist and actress Hana Kafela.
- Mbira player Prudence Katomeni and poet Adipo Sidang’.
- Novelist Niq Mhlongo and actor Nick Ndeda.
- Spoken word artist Ngartia and novelist Olumide Popoola.
- Poet Dami Ajayi and musician Makadem.
- Actors Sitawa Namwalie and Shan Bartley alongside author Yewande Omotoso.
- Novelist Shadreck Chikoti and actor and spoken word artist Abu Sense.
- Musician Chris Adwar and poet Kagayi Ngobi
- Poet Ngwatilo Mawiyoo and guitarist Tomeletso Sereetsi
- Poet Sitawa Namwalie and pianist Athieno.
- Swahili poet Alamin Somo and trumpeter John-Dennis Renken.