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wāni Le Frère

welcome to the tales of an afronaut

 
 
June 21, 2017 supporting Ebony Stewart for Melbourne Spoken Word

June 21, 2017 supporting Ebony Stewart for Melbourne Spoken Word

Spoken word

wāni is the 2016/17 Slamalamadingdon grand slam champion, after winning the July Slama, he's also the Victorian College Of the Arts slam poetry champion for 2016 as well as being selected as one of the members representing Australia at the National Poetry Slam classic in Denver, Colorado in the United States this August.

 

 

Productions

Not only has wāni performed and hosted events but he is also the creative producer and director of numerous works, including Encre Noire, Sapologie, The Poetic Jazz sessions but also most Recently tales of an Afronaut. 

 
 
The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see
— James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity, but until the people themselves apprehend it, nothing can happen... Perhaps it can’t be done without the poet, but it certainly can’t be done without the people. The poet and the people get on generally very badly, and yet they need each other. The poet knows it sooner than the people do. The people usually know it after the poet is dead; but that’s all right. The point is to get your work done, and your work is to change the world
— james baldwin

sapologie

Sapologie is celebration of the visions and voices of some of Melbourne’s most talented and boldest young black/brown artists with an evening of spoken word, music, story telling and more. 
With Roots in The Congo, Sapologie embodies a vivid, unapologetic and stylish resistance. 

 
Sapologie 2016 - (left to right) Zii, Jordan, Kyah, Nyasha, Christian, Tenda, LAY, Nala, Arielle and wāni (missing: Amadou Suso, Clement and Amal Ibrahim)

Sapologie 2016 - (left to right) Zii, Jordan, Kyah, Nyasha, Christian, Tenda, LAY, Nala, Arielle and wāni (missing: Amadou Suso, Clement and Amal Ibrahim)

the artists

 

Sapologie 2016 (photo credit: Nicola Dracoulis)

kyah parrott

 

Sapologie 2016 (photo credit: Nicola Dracoulis)

amal ibrahim 

 

photo credit: @mettekoretelein creative director: @ntombimoyo

photo credit: @mettekoretelein creative director: @ntombimoyo