The Flow Manifesto

“Spoken word has long been a favourite amongst artists worldwide for bringing a meaning behind the lyrics that are most overlooked when accompanied by a beat.” So says The Flow Manifesto, a bilingual experiment in the ‘spoken word’ which began last year in Okinawa. The second Flow Manifesto event was held in Ginowan on Sunday at Cotonoha Art Space and Café and was hosted by the Okinawan-born artist Awich.

Flyer for The Flow Manifesto 2

The main focus was on the performance of poetry in both English and Japanese. Each performer’s words were translated onto a screen in the background as they presented their show which was also accompanied by improvised music played on saxophone and bass. This was a great success and the show was performed in front of a large audience of mixed nationalities. All of the artists live in Okinawa and their stories and poems helped illuminate some of the many different experiences of life on this island.


Full credit must go to Awich herself who compered the event and came up with the concept and organisation. She is also a bilingual performer and talented singer in her own right. In 2006 she sang the song ‘South Tinjanashi’ together with hip-hop artists Tatsumi Chibana and Kakumakushaka on their groundbreaking Duty Free Shopp album Oto Ashagi. A video of the song is included on the album’s DVD.

A third Flow Manifesto event is expected later this year in June.

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