Artists and Writers at Work: Koro Koroye
This episode features spoken word artist Koro Koroye from Lagos, Nigeria. Koro is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on poetry at Hofstra University. Spoken word has always been and will continue to be a passion for Koro. Working with an NGO (Non government organization) in Nigeria that serves orphaned children living in the slums, Koro also works with the Huntington Arts Council on an art exchange program that inspires creativity in these children. She is working on a collection of poetry that will be published soon. For more information on Koro, check out her website: https://www.facebook.com/koro.koroye
Artists and Writers at Work: Honor Finnegan
This episode features an interview with Honor Finnegan, the Susan Boyle of quirky indie folk, only hotter. Her songs are humorous then heartbreaking with melodies that soar. Based in New York City, she has been making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs and ukulele playing. Honor’s CD, The Tiny Life, was #9 on the Folk DJ charts for February 2012, receiving airplay at such notable stations as WFMT (Chicago), WFUV (New York), WXPN (Philadelphia), and WUMB (Boston). Honor was selected as a 2013 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, and a 2012 NERFA Formal Showcase winner. Her song, “Stark as Stone” is featured on Amy Speace’s new CD. Honor will be at the NY Uke Fest 2013 on May 31st, and at First Acoustics for Joni Mitchell‘s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration on June 1st. Check out Honor’s website http://www.honorfinnegan.com/ for more information on appearances and CD releases.
My radio show At the Edge: An Afrofuturist Salon is back with an episode featuring Kathryn Buford, Chief Visionary Officer/Lead Editress of Live Unchained, an organization that “represents black women’s collective and individual creativity.” “Live Unchained was born out of the desire to preserve, share and honor the diverse voices and experiences of black women across continents.” (www.liveunchained.com & https://www.facebook.com/iliveunchained)
Kathryn will discuss Live Unchained’s crowdfunding campaign to bring London-based Somali poet,Warsan Shire and “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” to Washington, DC, as well as the February 2013 launching of an Indigogo campaign to raise funds for the event set to take place in Fall 2014. Live Unchained’s 1st annual awards ceremony is named “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” after a line from one of Shire’s popular poems, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love.” Shire’s captivating poetry on womanhood, love and social justice have garnered international acclaim as she has performed in many countries and been featured in prestigious media outlets like Vogue Italia. Live Unchained will host a workshop with Shire on healing through narrative, panel discussion on cultural activism and an experiential awards ceremony with a special performance by Shire to honor Live Unchained artists.
Live Unchained crowdfunding campaign: www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained
Live Unchained artists promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OJjzWQC6Bw
Live Unchained postcard campaign press release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Live-Unchained/University-Illinois/prweb10407655.htm & http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/terrifying-strange-and-beautiful?website_name=liveunchained
Kathryn is a writer, digital media consultant and sociology PhD student at University of Maryland. Her current research explores social entrepreneurship and women’s art and emancipatory knowledge across the African diaspora. In addition to Live Unchained, her writings have appeared in various online media outlets including Everything PR, Argophilia and SiliconANGLE, where she curated the technology and social change series.
Now that’s fusion! More a bit later!
Of course we do. We are in the now, and we are in the future. We imagine and build ourselves into the very fabric of what we call “world” with not only scientific study and research, but with words, music, beauty, and art.