22 November 2019
The End of Diaspora
A brand new performance piece by Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan on a world beyond origins
Diaspora is Whitechapel, Bradford, Southall, Wilmslow Road and Alum Rock; diaspora is the memes we share, the turns of phrases we use, the languages we speak and don’t speak.
At a time when nation states throughout the West are struggling to make sense of their diasporic populations and defining them as ‘other’, where the rhetoric of ‘go back to where you came from’ echoes across the globe, this explosive new performance piece from poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khoon reminds us that diasporas are irrevocably rooted in – and inseparable from – the places that we live in.
Using poetry, visuals and sound art from Sarathy Korwar to explore the languages of diaspora, this funny, unapologetic and life-affirming new work will carry you beyond ideas of ‘origins’ and in-between cultures to celebrate the richness of our present environment and the potential of the here and now.
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, spoken word poet and educator. She performs and speaks nationally and internationally interrogating narratives to do with gender, race, Islamophobia, state violence and history. She has been featured in The Independent, BBC, ITV, Sky TV, The Guardian, The Islam Channel, TEDx conferences, music festivals, US slams and UK universities. Sarathy Korwar is a percussionist and composer having collaborated with Shabaka Hutchings, clarinettist Arun Ghosh and producer Hieroglyphic Being, as well as groups Penya and Ill Considered. He has toured with Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal and Moses Boyd.
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22 November 2019
19:30 - 21:00
£10 / £7 (30 & under)
Writer, Poet and Educator
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a published writer, spoken-word poet and educator. She has a BA in History and MA in Postcolonial Studies, and performs and speaks nationally and internationally interrogating narratives to do with gender, race, Islamophobia, state violence and history. Suhaiymah presents the 'Breaking Binaries' podcast and has recently published 'Postcolonial Banter' with Verve Poetry Press. She has been featured in The Independent, BBC, ITV, Sky TV, The Guardian, The Islam Channel, TEDx conferences, music festivals, US slams and UK universities. She is a Roundhouse fellow for 2018.
Percussionist and Composer
Born in the US, Sarathy Korwar grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai in India. He began playing tabla aged 10, but was also drawn to the American music that he heard on the radio and leaking through the doorway of his local jazz music shop. At 17, Korwar moved to Pune to study Environmental Science, but instead dedicated his time to music, practising tabla under the tutelage of Rajeev Devasthali. He moved to London where he trained as a classical tabla player under the guidance of Sanju Sahai at SOAS. Korwar has since established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene, leading the UPAJ Collective - a loose band of South Asian jazz and Indian classical musicians. Korwar has collaborated with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, clarinettist Arun Ghosh and producer Hieroglyphic Being, as well as groups Penya and Ill Considered. He has toured with Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal and Moses Boyd.
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