Spoken Word Germany Artists

Julian Heun

Julian Heun (*1989) is an author and Slam Poet from Berlin. He published his first novel „Strawberry Fields Berlin“at Rowohlt, Berlin in March 2013. He has been a poetry slam artist since 2007 and has won many prizes. He has been supported by the Goethe- Institut numerous times and performed at a number of international poetry festivals in Europe, Africa, North- and South America. He was also the project manager of the poetry festival in Berlin in the year 2013. In addition he is also part of the literary event „Spree vom Weizen“as well as the Spoken Word ensemble „Allen Earnstyzz“.

Julian studies literature at the FU Berlin.
www.julianheun.de
Temye Tesfu

Temye Tesfu

Temye Tesfu currentely lives in Berlin, but studied in Marburg. He has been performing as a Slam-poet and spoken word artist since 2006. He is one of the founding members of the spoken word ensemble „Allen Earnstyzz“. Together with this ensemble they have been places as runner ups in German Poetry Slam competitions. He teaches creative writing and text performance as an associated professor.
Linda Gabriel

Linda Gabriel

Linda Gabriel: Malawian born Linda Gabriel, based in Johannesburg, is a poet and spoken word artist. She writes and performs poetry in English, Chewa (Malawian national language) and Shona. Linda is one of the very few female members of the “House of Hunger” poetry slam in Zimbabwe, which runs once every month in Harare and Johannesburg. In addition to regular appearances at the Harare International Festival of Arts HIFA, she co-founded “Sistaz Open Mic”, a special platform for emerging female artists, supported by the Pamberi Trust. Linda is the project co-ordinator for The Spoken Word Project, an initiative by the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg, connecting spoken word artists in eight African countries.
Sbu Simelane

Sbu Simelane

Sbu is a poet based in the city of gold, Johannesburg, South Africa, and is also known as Cornelius Jones. Sbu started writing poetry in 2006, inspired by how language can be composed in such a way that is logical, inspiring and relevant. Given that he started off as a rap artist (though he no longer pursues this), one can easily pick up the rap traits in his work. In his poetry, he addresses a variety of situations, such as social and political issues, love, and relationships. He also writes about spirituality and internal conflicts, inspired by the ghetto, his peers, family, dreams and society as a whole. He has performed at WORDnSOUND and House of Hunger in Johannesburg.
Sbu Simelane on Facebook

Agnessan Alain Serges

Agnessan Alain Serges is a young writer who has been published already (“Quelques danses avec la mort” - Dance with death for a bit). He holds a doctorate in Literary Studies and did his research on comic books. Spoken Word is another great passion for this artist.
Wanjiku Mwaurah

Wanjiku Mwaurah

“A name, A life, poetry” Her laughter reigns supreme, her diction unlike no other. Simplicity is what she carries to her poetic pieces. Her deep thrusting poems are the sweet whispers that speak to the soul. Regardless of how hard a message the poem contains, her delivery will ease the understanding to a mere simpleton. Wanjiku Mwaurah is an African pearl on dynamite. She has graced numerous performance stages shaking the crowed to poetic intrigues. She has performed alongside some of the leading South African Poets like Mphutlane Wa Bofelo, Qbibo Intalektual (Swaziland) Napo Masheane (South Africa) at the Johannesburg Arts alive international festival, held in Joburg in Sept 2010. She goes beyond poetry and has been heartily involved in awareness raising campaigns for the cerebral palsy condition (art4acause-2010) while being mentor and role model to many upcoming artists in the field. She is an achievemer, having been crowned Slam Africa Queen (Aug 2009), named as the featured poet several times at Kwani Open Mic, Poetry Spot, Jukwaani Festival in 2009, Sawa Sawa Festival 2011, SAMOSA festival 2012 and was one of the guest artists at a highly charged poetry night at the Story Moja Hay Festival 2012. She also graced the stage at Arusha Poetry club among other events. Her book, ‘The Flow of My Soul’ is a bridge between her spoken word and reflections of a time before her. Currently, she writes screen plays and facilitates poetry workshops as well as performs. For Wanjiku Mwaurah, poetry is beyond the stage. It is in the bones. It is that nagging word, sentence or feeling that just won’t go away.
Julian Heun Sbu Simelane Agnessan Alain Serges
Wanjiku Mwaurah Linda Gabriel Temye Tesfu