Image Afrique Stadtsprachen is a multilingual literature program held as part of the 2017 Image Afrique festival.
Two reading sessions offer a unique voyage of discovery into the world of contemporary African literature, as well as the opportunity to engage with exceptional writers.
The Image Afrique festival advocates for cultural exchange and seeks to convey a contemporary view of Africa. Stadtsprachen is also concerned with cultural diversity - a festival and literature magazine from the Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V. that offers a platform for the multilingual, contemporary literature of Berlin.
Image Afrique brings Stadtsprachen to Basel with the help of Literaturhaus Basel. Six writers with African backgrounds living in the German-speaking world present both well-known and previously unreleased works from their literary canons, read in the original languages. To conclude the event, actors will read the German translations of the texts; some of which have been translated specifically for this performance and will be heard here for the first time in German.
The readings are conducted in Tswana, Yoruba, Kiswahili, Songhai, English, French and German.
The readings are moderated by Acèle Nadale, literary scientist and founder of Afrolivresque, and Martin Jankowski, Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V., writer and editor in chief of Stadtsprachen magazine.
Jùmọké Bọlanle Adéyanju (Nigeria/Germany)
Goitseone Montsho (South Africa/Germany)
Wilfried N'Sondé (Democratic Republic of Congo/France/Germany/Switzerland)
Jùmọké Bọlanle Adéyanju, Nigeria/Germany
Jùmọké Bọlanle Adéyanju is a polylingual poet, curator, translator, moderator and dancer. In 2012, she organised the first Break Dance Battle for Children and Youth in Zanzibar. She is involved with various hip hop youth projects in Tanzania and Turkey. Since 2014, she has organised and moderated the renowned event series The Poetry Meets Series in Berlin. Currently she teaches on Mbembe and Fanon (Concerning Violence: Necropolitics and Revolutionary Humanisms) at the Alice Salomon University in Berlin and presents the monthly YAASAA Show on Berlin Community Radio. Jùmọké Adéyanju performs her poems in Kiswahili, Yorùbá, German and English.
Goitseone Montsho (South Africa/Germany)
Goitseone Montsho, born in the township of Mabopane, is a South African poet. She considers herself as part of an oral tradition, and uses her storytelling to channel her passion for activism, intersecting narratives and performance art. Her poetry is inspired by tales of daughterhood, motherhood and the many ties that bind such experiences. Narratives of the black female experience, combined with storytelling and the urge to give the next generation a better experience. She has lived in Berlin for the past five years.
Wilfried N'Sondé, Democratic Republic of Congo/France/Germany/Switzerland
Wilfried N’Sondé was born in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo in 1968. At the age of five he and his family moved to the outskirts of Paris where he began writing poems and short prose pieces. He studied political science at the Sorbonne. Today he has been living in Berlin for more than 20 years. His first novel Le Cœur des enfants léopards was published in 2007 and won numerous prizes. N’Sondé is also known for his novels Le Silence des esprits, Fleur de béton and Berlinoise.
Le Cœur des enfants léopards. Roman. Éditions Actes Sud, Arles 2007.
Le Silence des esprits. Roman. Éditions Actes Sud, coll. «Lettres africaines», Arles 2010.
Fleur de béton. Roman. Éditions Actes Sud, Arles 2012.
Berlinoise. Roman. Éditions Actes Sud, Arles 2015.
Presentation: Acèle Nadale and Martin Jankowski
Acèle Nadale, Cameroon/Germany
Acèle Nadale was born in Cameroon but emigrated in 1995 to pursue her studies in Computer Science in Germany. Her passion for literature inspired her to found the online literary magazine www.afrolivresque.com. In addition to editing the magazine, she moderates workshops and seminars, as well as advising authors, publishers and literary event organizers in web marketing, among other subjects. She is currently working on the implementation of a training course for the effective use of web tools.
Martin Jankowski, Germany
Martin Jankowski, born in Greifswald, East Germany in 1965, is a Berlin based writer who started his career in the 1980s as a singer-songwriter in Leipzig's oppositional movement. Despite his texts being banned in East Germany, his songs and poems were popular. Since then he has published, among other things, songs, books of poetry, short stories and a novel. His works have been translated into 17 languages and won numerous awards. Since 2017 he has been the project manager of PARATAXE and editor-in-chief of stadtsprachen magazin.
Rabet oder Das Verschwinden einer Himmelsrichtung. Novel. München 1999.
Detik-Detik Indonesia. Poems. zweisprachig. Magelang, 2005.
Seifenblasenmaschine, Berliner Szenen. Novellas. Hamburg 2005.
Der Tag, der Deutschland veränderte. Essays, Leipzig 2007.
Sekundenbuch, gedichte & gesänge. Poems. Leipzig 2012.
saskananas, gedichte & notate. Poems. Leipzig 2015.