Poetry in Unity set for today

Sunday, February 25, 2018

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Performance poet Yasus Afari is upbeat about the staging of Poetry in Unity (PiM), which climaxes today at Manchester Golf Club in Mandeville.

“It is our fortune and honour that Jamaica's longest-running and most successful poetry festival has reached this important milestone,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

This year's staging, which marks the 15th anniversary, will have an somewhat of an international flavour with the appearance of Tanzanian-born Anord Sichinsambwe, who moved to Jamaica with his parents at age nine. His parents worked with the Moravian Church.

The 21-year-old former Clarendon College and deCarteret College student participated in the national speech and drama competitions and is enrolled at Bethlehem Moravian College, pursuing a bachelor's degree in secondary education with emphasis on literature.

Sichinsambwe will share the stage with Ka'Bu Ma'at Kru, Mutabaruka, Dr Michael Abrahams, Dr Charmaine Gooden-Monteith, Professor Clinton Hutton, Ann-Marie Wilmot, Kevin O'Brian Chang, Asante Amen, Mark Stephenson, Addis Pablo, as well as Yasus Afari.

Prior to the start of the event there will be a celebrity invitational football match at Brook's Park in Mandeville, starting at 1:00 pm. This will feature politicians Peter Bunting and Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, social commentator and author Kevin O' Brien Chang, singer Asante Amen, as well as Irie FMradio personalities Evon Hewitt, Nicholas Evans and Roger Hasfal, among other invited guests..

The Home Work Support Centre in the Greenvale and Comfort communities of Manchester will benefit from the proceeds.

— Basil Walhers

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