The power of spoken word

Wednesday November 7 2018


A presentation on Multiple Personality Disorder by Kenya’s Kauzi, PHOTO | Andrew.I Kazibwe 

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With each month, Spoken Word Rwanda not only attracts a huge audience and high number of guest performers, it has perfected the art of collaboration in poetry.

October edition was another milestone for its great allure through performances. Kigali’s Cleopatra Lounge, in Kimihurura hosted the event.

Dubbed Kauzi, a Mirror to the Soul, unlike before, this month was a partnership with Kenya’s Mind Art, a Kenyan initiative creating safe spaces for art expression among youth.

Hosted by Diana Mpyisi, the founder of Spoken Word Rwanda, October presentations were ushered in by Clemence’s Six Minutes, a piece she dedicated to broke hearted men.

He crafted Agaba Gorgeous’ Today is your Birthday, as a surprise to October babies, who included his brother and Diana Mpyisi.

Martine’s poem, a tribute to Makeda, her daughter who recently passed on, was a session, which indeed reflective of the day’s theme.


As a mother still recovering from her loss, in conclusion of it all, she broke down into tears, leaving an atmosphere for emotion.

Kevin alias Deejay, a prominent Kigali Deejay took the stage by storm through his deeply weaved poem, while Lion King, who is known by Cya Cyana, a poem lamenting of a typical Rwandan youth raising up amid blame of not possessing culture graced stage.

Mind Art’s stage presentations of Kauzi Stories were a fusion of music, poetry and theatre pieces, of society livelihoods through expressive messages.

The presentation, which is a partnership of Anika, also a Kenyan Art forum is one which tackled a sail through life of Prostitution, loss from death, betrayal, abuse and multiple personality pisorder manifestation.

Having marked 7 years in July this year, Spoken Word Rwanda takes pride in the collaborative experience it continuously has grown to embrace