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A Tale Of Three Loves With Ian Kamau

Yesterday I made an incredible find.

So hosting Ian Kamau at July’s Word N Sound Xtra was one of the highlights for the year. In the run up to the show I fully immersed myself in his work and loved every bit of it.

I fell most in love with his ‘Vol. 3 – Love And Other Struggles’ mixtape. (Get it here is you have yet ). Track 9 is a very short cover track, ‘The Girl’, that had me almost begging for more. Yesterday I stumbled onto three video interpretations of the song that Kamau produced.

Each video explored a different kind of love in such simple ways it had me in awe. So I had to share.

When I’m old and grey I hope to see many more couples my age in love, holding hands and yes, even kissing in public – but lets not have any full all making out, that could be a little awkward…maybe. I don’t see very many old couples and even fewer elderly couples who are still visibly affectionate so this video was really endearing.

Hey man it’s a little boy helping his mom to bake, who wouldn’t love that. Although I think if it had been a black man and his son, that would have added a lot more to the story. But that’s also coz I’m fascinated by the relationship between black fathers and their children.

The video ends with a url: http://www.88days.ca, do what I did, visit the site. I love bumping into new music and when it has a whole community of creative behind it, it’s even more of a trip.

“88 Days Of Fortune is a Toronto based, grass roots, queer, trans and straight identifified, music and multimedia collective. As a community driven, youth-led organization, our mission is to support collective members to develop their creative and artistic practices through: Providing a platform to showcase their art, creating independent music videos, producing and recording albums, touring, peer mentorship and more.”

Sharing is caring so if you bump into anything cool, do the right thing. 😉 Share your cool finds on our Facebook page: Word N Sound Poetry and Live Music Series or on Twitter: @WordNSound

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PROFILE: IAN KAMAU (Canada)

My name is Ian Kamau; I am an artist. I believe my ability to create and communicate is intimately tied to my purpose in life although I am unsure of exactly how.

I am a writer, producer and a graphic/visual artist. I perform what I write so I also consider myself a performer, I make music and write poetry; spoken word. I do not think of myself as an entertainer.

Ian Kamau (A Long Walk 2 of 3)_ Prayers from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

I was born and raised in Toronto to Trinidadian parents who immigrated to North America in 1970. My parents are documentary filmmakers, my mother a producer, my father a writer and director from a family of teachers. I grew up around ideas, information, education and art. I hope my entire life will be immersed in this kind of creativity.

Art is the creative expression of our humanity. The greatest artists are those who have the ability to create inspiring work while communicating ideas and powerful messages to everyday people.

Ian Kamau (A Long Walk 3 of 3)_ The Village from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

Art and music instigate larger conversations. I believe music is the greatest communicator because most of us listen to it in one form or another. While some may never go to an art gallery or theatre production the majority of us listen to and appreciate a musical form of some kind.

Making music has taken me around the world, it has opened doors to experiences I never dreamed I would have and has put me in the position to have conversations with a diversity of interesting individuals, these conversations have helped to open my mind and my spirit.

Ian Kamau_ The Village (One Day Soon) from Ian Kamau on Vimeo.

I believe in community. My creative life extends to my work in community development, specifically with arts-based projects for young people. That side of my life has always run parallel to my artistic life and reminds me of the importance of expression, inspiration and opportunity.

My desire is to put my thoughts and experiences into the world so that I may enter into a larger conversation with people in different places. I am an artist who wants to continue to be creative and support others in being creative while finding my purpose.

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EVENT: Word N Sound Xtra Presents Ian Kamau (Canada), Nonn Botha and Tom London

R40 @ the door
12 – 6pm
Emonti Dinner On Bree (Newtown)

Word N Sound Xtra goes Outernational as we bring you Canadian Super poet and MC Ian Kamau.

POETRY MEETS NEW MEDIA Workshops by Nonn Botha (Kaya FM) & Tom London.

A limited Open Mic will start the show, so come through early to sign up.

A special performance by Afurakan is also on the cards. He will be giving an exclusive preview of the poetry set He will be performing in London at the end of the month.

See you there …

In #wordnsound we trust

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