Poetry Jazz: Wax and Gold

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Poetry Jazz: Wax and Gold

Wlther König
256 pages
Format: hardcover
330 x 220mm
2020

‘Poetry Jazz: Wax and Gold’ brings together poetry, language and sound experiments around Addis Ababa’s popular art form of poetry jazz, which combines poetry and live music.

With the help of ‘wax and gold’, a lyrical form of expression, the poetic encryption of dissent and critique succeeds. The superficial, literally understood layer of ‘wax’ conceals a core of ‘gold’.

The book documents six poetry concerts, which took place alternately in Addis Ababa and Berlin and gives voice to the artists in Amharic, English and German.

It offers a glance behind-the-scenes at a compelling and resistant practice that addresses questions of importance across continents and suggests subversive methods to challenge threats to the freedom of expression.

English, German and Amharic text.

Contributions by:

Mihret Kebede Alwabie
Olafur Eliasson
Eric Ellingsen
Clara Jo
Erica Licht
Robert Lippok
Nebiy Mekonnen
Bekele Mekonnen
Abebaw Melaku
Jorga Mesfin
Ari Benjamin Meyers
Frezer Admasu Molaligne
Neo Muyanga
Nolly Nesbit
Cia Rinne
Rike Scheffler
Robel Temesgen
Misrak Terefe
Solomon Sahle Tizazu

Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg
Dimensions 220 × 330 × 40 mm