Friday 8 Oct @ 9pm
BAC Café etc – Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN 4.75 / 3.50 concs (Box Office: 020 7223 2223 / book online: www.bac.org.uk)
In celebration of Black History Month, Apples & Snakes offers up a feast of female talent, featuring some of the freshest wordsmiths in town.
Malika Booker possesses a rare lyricism and intensity, effortlessly fusing insight and imagination. She creates powerful first-person narratives, employing her exceptional storytelling talent to free herself from space and time. She has earned numerous international appearances, including the Rome Poetry Festival, the World Stories Festival (Dublin) and the Modern Love tour. Her work is widely published, and features in IC3: The Penguin Anthology of New Black Writing. She is currently poet-in-residence at Hampton Court Palace
“A consummate storyteller” – Time Out
Chanje Kunda’s work is inspired by Maya Angelou and a love of hip-hop and freestyle MCing. The result is a rhythmic concoction of sensual, afro-centric poetry with an urban twist. Her fresh and vibrant performances combine the spoken word with music and movement, taking her audience on a fresh, freestyling, aural and visual rollercoaster ride.
“Chanje is a wonderful performer and has a brightness and lightness of spirit which belies the depth of her work.” – Lemn Sissay
FLOetic Lara’s powerful, angelic vocals and soulful poetry, combined with an effortless charisma, make for a mesmerising performance. Having wooed audiences all over London, she has recently perfomed for Erykah Badu. She recently played a principal role in Slave Teacher at the Lyric Theatre, and is currently working on her debut album.
Sareal melds the influences from old funk records into her own eclectic, jazz-tinged style. Over the past seven years she has performed all over London, and collaborated with the likes of Ty and Morcheeba. She is currently working on her first album, which will be released next year.
Compere: Janine La Rosa