Category Archives: Featured actors

World Poetry Celebrates Oswald Okaitei !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 23 from 1-2 pm PST, the World Poetry Café radio show , CFRO 100.5 FM, went around the world with poets  and musicians from Bhutan, Ghana, the US and Canada!  I will doing a feature on each one. 

LISTEN TO THIS AMAZING SHOW HERE!

 Meet World Poetry Award Winning  poet, playwright and actor Oswald Okaitei!  During the show, he read and sang his poetry and talked about the wonderful work he has been doing for young people, activism and peace. As a World Poetry Director and the World Poetry Theatre Ambassador in Ghana, he is a bright light and a hero for the future.

Oswald  is a young multi-award winning Ghanaian poet and a spoken word artiste. He has 7 poetry collections to his credit and 3 published plays. As a Performance Poet, he combines music with his poetry during performance (to paint imagery in the eyes of the mind).
Oswald has shared performing platforms with great African poets/spoken word artistes including Muta Baruka, Rocky Dawuni, Prof. Atukwei Okai, Prof. Anyidoho among others.
As one of the finest young breaths to poetry in Africa and worldwide, he’s a World Poetry Director and the World Poetry Theatre Ambassador in Ghana . In 2016, he was awarded The Pan African Poet/Spoken World Artiste in Ghana.
Titles of his books are
*A WREATH TO AWOONOR*
*A BRIGHT LIGHT SLEEPS *(for Maya Angelou)
*MANDELA: THE SOUL OF HIS EARTH*
*SONGS OF CONDOLENCE TO TACLOBAN*
*THE SAILOR ‘S SAIL IS OVER* (for Komla Dumor)
*WHO STOLE THE CASKET?* (Drama)
*IN THE BAG OF A WOMAN* (Drama).

I plan on doing an article for the Afro News for him.
oswaldokaiteye@gmail.com

 

World Poetry Celebrates Kevin Morris!

Ariadne’s Notes: A wonderful show on the World Poetry Café, CFRO 100.5 at 1:30 pm PST on May 16th with the talented poet from England, Kevin Morris, who read his new poems and spoke about his work as well as offering some help to people with visual impairment. A real hero who has written several books and has a guide dog named Trigger.  It was great to have him call in again with his unique connection with nature and life. For more: Website – https://kmorrispoet.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/drewdog2060_ 

Also on the show at 1:30  pm PST, was the arts educator and performer Viva Vinson who sang for us. World Poetry Café radio show team: Ariadne Sawyer, Producer and Host, Victor Schwartzman , Sound Engineer, Diego Bastinutti, Host  and Sharon Rowe, special volunteer .

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Kevin writes:

“I was born in the city of Liverpool on 6th January 1969. Having attended The Royal School for the Blind and St. Vincent’s School for the Blind in Liverpool, I went on to read History and Politics at the University College of Swansea.
Having graduated with a BA (Joint Honours), and an MA in Political Theory, I moved to London where I now live and work.
Being visually impaired, I use screen reading software called Job Access with Speech (JAWS) which converts text into speech and braille, enabling me to use a Windows laptop.

Much of my poetry is written in my home, which overlooks a historic park in Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace, a suburb of Greater London.”

Geranium

On Good Friday I gave to you
A geranium in a pot.
We agreed on the need for air.
I know not
Whether you are showing care
To that token
Which, although unspoken
You knew to be true.

And now you have your air
And I mine.
I remember you
On my sofa blue.
No line
Was crossed.

The cost
Was a cheap
Priceless geranium in a pot
You may or may not, keep.

Kevin Morris (C) All rights reserved by the author.

Links:

Website – https://kmorrispoet.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/drewdog2060_

 

World Poetry Celebrates Nick Grinder!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes:  On May 9 at 1:30 PM PST, hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastinutti welcomed the talented composer and musician, Nick Grinder to the show. Victor Swartzman , our super tech kept us on the air from two locations and also three phone calls. Nick Grinder was celebrating his new second album Farallon, was released in February 2019 on Outside In music. The CD captures the beautiful island seascapes with his music. For links go to https://www.nickgrinder.com/

When I was going to the University of California at Berkeley, I remember seeing the island from a distance and the sense of mystery that it portrayed,  

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Nick Grinder is a trombonist and composer based in New York City.

Hailed by Slide Hampton as “an important future voice in jazz trombone” and “the best blend of saxophone-like technique with the expressive nuances of the trombone” by Alan Ferber, Nick Grinder began playing professionally at age 15 in the Bay Area, California. He was a member of many in regional bands during his teenage years, including the SF JAZZ All-Stars, the All State Band, and the Marin and Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestras.

The child of two San Francisco artists – a former ballet dancer and visual effects engineer – he was encouraged to perform outside of school as much as possible. As a high schooler, he gigged frequently on both trombone and upright bass throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

From 2007-2011, Nick studied at Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles with Bob McChesney, and was offered scholarship to NYU in 2011. At NYU he was an adjunct faculty member during his pursuit of a master’s degree.

Nick currently works as a sideman and leader in a number of diverse projects in New York City, and has appeared at venues such as Small’s, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Gallery, Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, Rose Hall, and many other venues. He has performed internationally in Egypt, Quatar, the Netherlands, and Canada.

Nick has performed in the big bands of Alan Ferber, Darcy James Argue, Arturo O’Farrill, John Daversa, Bobby Sanabria, and the Mambo Legends Orchestra, as well as with Wycliffe Gordon, Jimmy Owens, Ralph Alessi, Donny McCaslin, Marcus Printup and many others.

He is also very active in the commercial world, where he has played in the pit orchestras of nearly two dozen Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Lorde, Lin-Manuel Miranda, St Vincent, Patti LaBelle, DMX, and Deltron 3030.

Nick’s original music aims to achieve a familiarity without adhering to a status quo. Many pieces are simple head charts, with open improvised sections for the band, others are sectioned ensemble writing.

Nick self-released Ten Minutes, an album of original compositions in 2014, and his second album Farallon, was released in February 2019 on Outside In music.

Reviewed by Daniel Lehner for All About Jazz June 8th, 2014

“Grinder’s music, as well as the compatriots he chose for the record date, seem to have been tailor made to subvert boring virtuosity in favor of making music.
His attacks, sustains and phrasings touch the surrounding musical environment like sunbursts, as if he were dabbing with a large brush dipped in red watercolor.
He’s an intriguing addition to the language of the instrument, and his first effort gives a great deal of promise for his development.”

Another wonderful musician brought to us by Braitwaite and Katz. Source: Braitwaite and Katz.