Category Archives: Ariadne’s Notes

Ariadne’s Notes will update readers and participants on the World Poetry Site, special events, help needed and our goals for the future.

World Poetry Celebrates Lavana La Brey from Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes:

The World Poetry Café  Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Deborah  L. Kellymwere honored to  have presented the lovely and multitalented, Lavana La Brey on Thursday, May 18,1-2 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM. Also an e-poem from Russia by Viacheslav Kupriyanov and one from Brazil by the new World Poetry member  Carmen Lucia Hussein. We now have 94 countries that listen in on a fairly regular basis. To HEAR THE SHOW CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavana is a songwriter, artist and poet who has a flare for trying new things. She also, along with John Preston have a used bookstore called Renaissance Bookstore in New Westminster, BC, Canada. They have been in business for 20 tears and still have a love for books They consider books to be great assets to society- the wonderful authors bring so much entertainment, comfort and knowledge to all. Her favorite poet, singer, songwriter is Leonard Cohen . Source: RCLAS Writer of the Month.

During the fascinating  interview Lavana read her lovely poetry , sang songs and talked about the bookstore and how people are starting to come back to books instead of electronic devices. Also, in their store, children’s books and the classics are popular.

Visit their shop at 7128-12 St. or http://www.renaissanceebookstore.com/

Don’t miss this exciting show! CLICK HERE!

 For a past interview with Lavana and her husband, John : http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=6541

World Poetry Celebrates Chandra Bhatt, Patrice Williamson and others!

 Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Café Radio Show,  CFRO, 100.5 FM with Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Victor Schwartzman with special volunteers Sharon Rowe and Willow, the dog.

  To hear the show:   CLICK HERE!  

May 11, 1-2 pm  featured a fascinating  interview by Victor Schwartzman of the book from Nepal, “Kathmandu Days” by Chandra Bhatt. The publisher is Niyogi Books India. Well worth listening and reading!


 

 

 

 A call in  from Boston  ( courtesy of Braitwaite and Katz)  at 1:40 pm, PST from Patrice Williamson with her new CD: Comes Love, a lovely CD featuring her silky voice . April 25, 2017 will marked the 100th anniversary of an event that would have a profound impact on jazz and American song: the birth of Ella Fitzgerald. While the centennial of the First Lady of Song will doubtlessly be celebrated in myriad forms, few will prove as heartfelt or sincere – or as long in gestation – as Comes Love, the new album by Boston-based jazz vocalist Patrice Williamson. For the occasion, Williamson teamed up with guitarist and fellow Berklee College of Music faculty member Jon Wheatley for a set that pays particular homage to Fitzgerald’s landmark duo with guitar great Joe Pass. 

Due for release on Ella’s birthday, April 25, on Williamson’s own Riverlily Records and produced by pianist/composer Helen Sung, Comes Love features a dozen Songbook classics originally either recorded by Fitzgerald and Pass on one of their four studio albums or performed live by the duo during the course of their notable collaboration. Williamson and Wheatley never resort to sheer imitation (not that such a thing would even be possible given their two inimitable models), but instead conjure the warm elegance and graceful swing of the originals through the alluring chemistry of their own inviting rapport. To buy this wonderful CD: https://patricewilliamson.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also a review of the documentary Unarmed Verses by Director  Charles Officer . For a review by Ariadne Sawyer: http://www.theafronews.com/category/entertainment/

The show included two special e-poems  by the well known poet Germain Droogenbroodt. A feature coming soon.

 

World Poetry Celebrates Oswald Okaitei from Ghana!

Ariadne’s Notes: Oswald Okaitei, World Poetry Theatre Director and multi-award winner, called in from Accra, Ghana at 1:40 pm PST with interactive song and poetry poems. It was great to hear what he is doing and the possibility that he may visit Canada in August. We also want to thank him for his warm words about World Poetry Canada International and how our belief in him has helped.  The World Poetry Café had an enchanting show on April 27, 2017, CFRO 100.5 FM with poets from Israel and Ghana phoning in.

World Poetry team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, producer and host,  co-host Anita Aguirre Nieveras , Super tech, Victor Schwartzman , special volunteers, Sharon Rowe and Willow, the dog.

To LISTEN CLICK HERE!

 

POET OSWALD IS 5 YEARS.

A product of the famous but erstwhile “By The Fireside”, Oswald Okaitei celebrates 5 years of actively pursuing his passion for poetry on May 5, 2017.

That makes up for a lot of fives in his life and on that day, his birthday, he again takes to the stage at the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) House in Accra to celebrate his fifth year in the Creative Arts.

Whoever actually achieves anything at the age of five? That, of course, isn’t the kind of age at which people hit the world stage with anything in particular. But that is where the bus stops with the 5 international award-winning poet and playwright, Oswald Okaitei.

Five years into his career as a poet, Spoken word artiste & Creative Artpreneur, Oswald has done and seen things in the industry that can only be tagged as instrumental.

His has been a story of motivation fueled from having stepped out of the university, hopeful, like most of his kind, of securing a good government job only to be so disappointed when he found out that there was a ban on government employments.

Itching to remain active even without someone having to pay him to execute a job, he fell on the one thing that not even money can buy—his gift. And his gift was in the ability to beautifully string words together into thought-provoking poetry and music.

Today, Oswald has broken frontiers as one of the youngest and fast-rising poets who have performed on big stages with the best of the best in the industry—the likes of Muta Baruka, Pro. Atukwei Okai, Rocky Dawni, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho among others. His ability to blend rich Ghanaian folk music with his equally enchanting poetic lines is what has earned him many accolades and the opportunity to be featured on a lot of National & International platforms.

That said, he has also authored five (5) poetry collections—A WREATH TO AWOONOR, THE SAILOR’S SAIL IS OVER (For Komla Dumor), SONGS OF CONDOLENCE TO TACLOBAN, A BRIGHT LIGHT SLEEPS (For Maya Angelou) & MANDELA: THE SOUL OF HIS EARTH—and has been featured in several international anthologies (World Poetry Peace Anthology, Muse For Peace et al). Oswald has written quite a number of stage plays, notable are “IN THE BAG OF A WOMAN”, “IN MAN’S LIBIDO”, “BEAUTYFUL NONSENSE”, “WHO STOLE THE CASKET?” among others.

 Oswald Okaitei is currently a World Poetry Director from Ghana, has five international awards to his credit—World Poetry Empowered Poet 2013, Pentasi B. Inspirational Poet, World Poetry Theatre Ambassador award, Global Baobab Award and recently, The Spoken word Artiste of the Year 2016.

The night of 5 May, will be one of dramatic poetry enactment, fused with rich music and dance, titled, Akua Ghana (Death before birth and 60 years on), in commemoration of Ghana’s 60th Anniversary. The night will also see the launch of yet another book from the poet and author titled TEARS AND joy AT 60, with a foreword by the celebrated academician, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana & former President of Ghana Academy of Arts & Science; Prof Akilagpa Sawyerr.

The time for the start of event is 5:00pm and as he assures the public, “This would be a night to surely remember!”

Entrance is free. One must only call or whatsapp +233 571 174 908 or +233 244 174 908 for invite.

The Special Guest of Honour is Nana Bright Oduro-Kwarteng (Chief Director, Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture).

Written by Etsey Atisu