Saturday, February 16th at Marcus Books, 1712 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
4:30PM to 6:00PM
At the age of eight, Aisha Praisso, alongside her great grand mother, became a victim and a rescuer of many during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 between the Hausas in the north and the Ibos of the in the east. The tales from the war are sporadic and many of the stories are still left untold. Aisha, a survivor and self-proclaimed motor-mouth, would not broach the subject unless her life depended on it. But it did, and her whispers became loudly heard.
6:OOPM to 7:30PM
Avotcja, will be reading and signing her newest book, With Every Step I Take
Introducing herself as storyteller, ‘wild woman,’ a ‘bonafide sound junkie,’ nothing slows or dampens Avotcja’s passion for the power or wonder of music. Guided by ancient, ancestral wisdom, she refuses to separate poetry and storytelling from song or dance. In ‘Blue to the Bone,’ her rhapsodic tribute to Oakland’s uncrowned poet laureate, Reginald Lockett (1947-2008), musician-poet-broadcaster Avotcja could just as well be describing her own esthetic. ‘Reggie was the real deal,’ she croons. Melodically keyed to what she calls ‘la palabra musical,‘ Avotcja’s rhythmic testament decades in the making celebrates the world-changing spirit of human creativity while condemning its cold-blooded, tone-deaf assassins.’ –Al Young, California’s poet laureate emeritus.
Please join us for an evening of strength and joy.
All are welcome.
Info: 415 346 4222