Words of a gospoet

Using the oldest form of social media – the mouth

In October, we invited Ignatius Mabasa to ideaExchange to tell a story or two, and then to reflect on the ways in which stories give shape to communities. As a writer, gospoet and dub poet based in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mabasa knows a lot about narrative and is deeply interested in writing (done in his mother tongue of Shona), story-telling, poetry and in the life of faith.

What is a gospoet?  “It is a word of my own making,” he says, “meaning one who offers “gospel poetry.” His poems are set against a background of music, weaving spoken word into song in a truly striking way.

During his time in Winnipeg last fall, the Winnipeg Free Press wrote about Mabasa, shedding more light on his work. But perhaps the best way to appreciate and understand more of this artist – who has now returned to Zimbabwe – is to listen to this edition of ideaExchange (runs 1:12:37) by clicking on the arrow below or downloading the podcast from iTunes.

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