Ghanaian poet Crystal Tettey dates Malawi

Just four months after her poetic performance at Mwezi Wawala Theatre and Arts Festival, the Ghanaian spoken-word artist, Crystal Tettey has revisited Malawi to reincarnates the cherished memories of creative poetic display.

Tettey was one of the outstanding foreign performers at Mwezi Wawala organized by Nanzikambe Arts in August this year.

She swept the audience with her breath-taking poetry blended with soul music that left the arts and theatre pundits startled.

Tettey jetted in last week for a series of shows cross the country with a focus to collaborate with some local artists on several projects.

On the evenings of Thursday and Friday (December 13th and 14th) Tettey is set to share a stage with Malawi’s very own finest, Q Malewezi and Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa in a spoken-word performances that will witness some emerging local poets showcasing their mastery of the art.

Tettley: In Malawi

The shows, to be held at Nanzikambe Arts Café, are expected to be spiced up by traditional dances as well as folk music. They have been organized by Nanzikambe in collaboration with Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana.

“Blantyre is more art-loving than Accra in Ghana and am happy to be back and experience the magic I tested the last time. Am ready to give my best and share the experience with the local artists and hope to have wonderful moments during my stay here,” said Tettey.

Apart from performing at Nanzikambe Arts Café, Tettey holds two-day workshops on spoken word and revealed plans to hold several shows across the country just to showcase her skills.

“The workshops basically tackle issue of spoken word wide. The participants will compares how the art is being run across the globe, challenges and its role in relation to social activism,” she said.

The spoken word artist cum musician also disclosed plans to work on music project with some local artists in the likes of Eunice Mhango Kazuwa and Code Sangala among others.

Tettey is currently working on her debut soul album yet to come out next year.

Profile

She is a Malagasy-Ghanaian human rights advocate / Spoken word artist whose art is a platform for positive social transformation; live performances often incorporate folk/soul music with poetry:

Member of “Writers Project of Ghana” (a group of contemporary writers who use their work to address pressing social issues), “EhaLaKasa” (a movement of Spoken word artists who use the performance arts for social activism), “Arterial Network” (this network connects more than one hundred artists and cultural organizations in Africa together), “Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana” (is an active network of artists created to offer an alternative platform for the presentation, development and promotion of contemporary art in Ghana)

Performed at notable events such as “The Launch of the Ghana Culture Forum” (2012), “The Launch of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) thematic areas of Sports, Arts and Humanities” (2012), “100,000 Poets for change-Ghana event” (2011), “Bless the Mic: Arts and Music Festival in Ghana” (2010)

Literary works include features in “Arterial Network Arts Fundraising Tookit” (2011), “EhaLaKasa Poetry Volume 1” (Woeli Publishing services, 2011), the anthology “Look where you have gone to sit” (Writers Project of Ghana, Woeli Publishing Services, 2011), the “Sun and Snow anthology” (Rhythm Foundation project -funds raised towards developing the Dixcove hospital in Ghana, 2010), “An anthology of contemporary Ghanaian poems”, (Woeli Publishing Services, 2004), “Face to face-poems and short stories about a virus” (Goethe Institut, Woeli Publishing Services, 2004)

Author of the poetry book (containing collages) “Love, MadaGhana” (2011)

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