Poetry slam Dec. 7

Monday, November 22, 2010

Photo of Ibrahima

Ibrahima "IB�" Kaba '00, poet and spoken-word artist.

Photo of Ibrahima  Photo of Desdamona, Minneapolis poet and hip-hop performer 

Two renowned poets will headline a 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 poetry-performance event in the Cascade Room of Atwood Memorial Center.

"Poetry Slam" will feature the works of Desdamona and IBé, as well as students. The event is free and hot chocolate will be served.

Students may sign up to compete in the University Program Board office, Room 118, Atwood Memorial Center.

Desdamona is an award-winning poet and hip-hop performer from Minneapolis. She is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Music Award for Best Spoken Word Artist. She released her first full-length album, “Inkling,” in 2009 and is a founding artist of the B-Girl Be program at Intermedia Arts, helping to bring together female hip-hop artists and challenge the perceptions about women in a male-dominated art form.

Ibrahima "IBé" Kaba, Minneapolis, is a 2000 graduate of St. Cloud State and a published poet and spoken-word artist.

Kaba earned the 2010 Midwestern Voices Award, a 2009 Urban Griots’ Cultural Award and a 2004 Minnesota Academy Award nominee for Best Spoken Word. He is the author of “Bridge Across Atlantic,” a collection of poems inspired by his journey from Africa to America. Kaba was born in Guinea, in west Africa.

Terrell Woods, known as “Carnage the Executioner” and “Carnage XXXL,” will perform beat boxing. The Star Tribune named Carnage one of the top five rappers in Minnesota.

Beat boxing is a vocal percussion art form in which the performer creates sounds using mouth, lips, tongue and voice.

The artists will perform works that target the evening's theme: light and hope.

The event is sponsored by UPB's Performing Arts Committee and Learning Resources and Technology Services.

For more information, e-mail Isuru Herath.

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