Luna's launch of DANCE MAMA.
Luna Ramphaga recently launched her first collection of poems: DANCA MAMA, at the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek. This turned out to be an evening of celebrating women's voices, with spoken word artists performing pieces from the book, supported by singers and musicians. Luna herself gave brilliant performances of a number of her poems, quickly changing costumes in between to add to the authenticity of her voice.
Luna is no stranger to Sister Namibia: we have published a number of her poems in the past, and we travelled together to the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in 1999 when the focus was on African women writers, returning with big plans for a Namibian Women Writers Association. Perhaps the time is ripe for this now?
In her collection, Luna pays tribute to the women in her life; explores violence against women and between men; examines prejudice; celebrates her Namibian identity; pokes fun at growing old; becomes transformed by a stranger; contrasts people's high hopes at independence with today's reality of HIV and Aids, and much more. Her speech is honest and revealing, engaging the reader with an often humourous, even self-mocking tone.
Luna published this collection with the support of Township Productions, a Katutura-based company that aims to promote young Namibian poets. Let there be more soon!
Letter to a stranger In the strangely crowded street I saw you, stranger Dressed and walking strangely Your face surely unknown to me Our eyes met eccentrically You smiled strangely at me The nonsensical thought in me confirmed Your strangeness surrounded me My heart started beating bizarrely As you passed me by, stranger Your unfamiliar scent embraced me I outlandishly clung to it My eyes strangely followed you Disappearing into the strange crowded street You left me feeling peculiar Questioning the strangeness you brought me I am now out of the ordinary ... Luna Ramphaga
Story and photos by Liz Frank
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|Title Annotation:||CELEBRATING WOMEN WRITERS; Luna Ramphaga's "Dance Mama"|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2009|
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