Monday, November 07, 2005

Slean to Perform for a Saro-Wiwa Benefit

An artistic commemoration and launch for the Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation

Nov 10, 2005 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of internationally renowned Nigerian writer & activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. Featuring multiple performances & speakers, the event includes a performance inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa’s writings directed by Weyni Mengesha (Da Kink in My Hair), as well as an address by Dr. Owens Wiwa, musical performances, spoken word by Spin & D’bi Young, & readings by noted Canadian Rohinton Mistry, Linda McQuaig, & Martha Kumsa.

This event is a part of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation’s commitment to honour the memory & continue the work of Ken Saro-Wiwa. A leader, whose nonviolent campaign to protect the rights, livelihood, & environment of the Ogoni people inspired social change around the world.

The Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation is a socially driven organization encouraging & facilitating the use of the tools of critical thinking, dialogue & enlightened public debate to advance the cause of marginalized peoples in Africa. The Foundation’s activities will be focused in the areas of minority rights & citizenship, people & sustainable livelihoods, & public education.

Long time fans of Slean will remember the song "Ogoni Star"... It is a song dedicated to and inspired by the great human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. Sarah wrote it after seeing a documentary in university about his life and the incredible story of the Ogoni people. She describes him as "a man so singularly guided by love it was as though his very flesh and bone were made of it."

She will perform the song at a celebration in his honour on November 10th in Toronto's Isabel Bader Theatre at 8pm. "It is my profound, heartfelt honour to be a a part of this event."

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thanks to wootam for this information

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