The Flow Manifesto 3

Last night’s third Flow Manifesto bilingual ‘spoken word’ event was another great success and was again held in Ginowan, Okinawa at the Cotonoha Artspace + Cafe. Among the many artists who took part were the host Awich, who began the evening with her own recitation of a song by Misako Koja which she prefaced with an enlightening explanation of some of the Okinawan words and expressions used.

Awich: singer, poet, organiser and host

Mitzi Uehara Carter’s poem ‘Between Camps’ was a moving piece of work on some of the complex issues of life in Okinawa. Okinawan rapper Kakumakushaka was also a very welcome addition to the list of performers and his piece rounded off an evening which saw many different kinds of poetry – at one stage we were even treated to the remarkable sights and sounds of a tap-dancing poet. Many of the performers were accompanied by music on saxophone and double bass while simultaneous translation of their words was provided on a screen in English and Japanese. Once again full credit to Awich for her remarkable energy and organisational skills and to all those who took part.

Some more photos from the event:

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