A report from Jamaica's Gleaner.
Sankofa Arts & Facilitation presents Tribe Sankofa in a performance titled Word-Soul - The Lorna Goodison Edition at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona, on Saturday, December 17th.
Tribe Sankofa is a performing arts collective, under the guidance of founder/artistic director Fabian Thomas, comprising a vibrant and eclectic cadre of multitalented performers.
Word Soul, the collective's signature production, showcases their niche of combining spoken word/poetry and soulful song styling, uniquely blended with other visual and performing arts. This year, Thomas and his Tribe will be paying homage to the work of internationally acclaimed poet and writer, Lorna Goodison (left), who they plan to fly in to be their special guest.
Lorna Goodison is an internationally acclaimed author of 12 books of poetry, three books of short stories and a prize-winning memoir, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island. Her poetry collection, I Am Becoming My Mother(1986), won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas Region from England's Commonwealth Institute in 1986. Goodison was awarded a Commonwealth Universities fellowship in Canada from 1990-91 and the Musgrave Gold Medal for contributions to Literature (1999) and Centenary Medal from the Institute of Jamaica.
In 2013 she received the Jamaican National Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for outstanding achievements in Literature and Poetry and in 2014 she was awarded the One Caribbean Media Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (Poetry).
Goodison's work will be featured in the first half of Word Soul, while the second half is titled Sounds of Blackness, which Thomas describes as "an unflinching look at current issues related to being black".
This year, Tribe Sankofa will share the Word Soul stage with special guest performers poet Yashika Graham, choreographer and dancer Onaje Bell and a cadre of guest musicians.
Partnering with Sankofa Arts and Facilitation for the performance is the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, and Bookophilia as the main ticket outlet with sponsorship from the New Kingston Deli.