Kayo Chingonyi [Republic of Zambia/United Kingdom, 1987]
Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia and moved to the UK at the age of six. He made his debut in 2017 with Kumakanda. The title refers to the rites of passage that boys in the Luvale tribe in Zambia have to undergo before they are considered to be men. These kinds of moments of transition and tension between opposing forces – between child and adult, old and new, but also between different cultures and worlds, and between the inner life and the outer world – play a pivotal role in his work. His versatile and highly musical poetry combines traditional forms with a style strongly influenced by hiphop. As a rapper, DJ and producer, he regularly works with other writers and musicians. Chingonyi is also poetry editor at the literary and art magazine The White Review.
READING: Saturday 15 June, 19:10 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal