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Poetry Meets Soul pres. Mariam Sawires

April 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - April 28, 2017 @ 12:00 am


POETRY MEETS Soul is a smooth continuation of the popular event POETRY MEETS Hip Hop, providing you with an intimate and exclusive evening full of Soul, Blues, Jazz and Poetry.
Produced by The Poetry Meets Series
Every 3rd Thursday of a month at Prachtwerk Neukölln.

On this upcoming edition of Poetry meets Soul we are presenting you Egyptian jazz/rnb/soul musician Mariam Sawires:

Egyptian, born into a worldly, nomadic family of musicians artists originating in desert sands to urban landscapes worldwide. In 2016, her arabic and enchanting expressive voice and melisma is featured in the video series of ‘Artbreaks;’ creative humanitarian videos. In 2011, Yoko Ono advised her version of John Lennon’s ‘Real Love’ to be used for The National TBL TV series in Australia and it was used in Scandinavia the following year. The following year, she performed as a singer pianist in Japan for 9 months doing 5-7 shows a week to the public. There, in her small apartment she composed songs drawing heavily on her Egyptian musical background, jazz harmony, soul and RnB. At only 13 yrs she had composed a song for HREOC performed at Parliament House Australia against discrimination. Now she is in Europe working as a singer songwriter performer.


Anja Nana Saleh
Anja Saleh is a German-based poetess whose art is centered around her African heritage, spirituality, justice and human emotions. Poetry for her is a means to deconstruct and reclaim the narratives of those who are oftentimes made voiceless, those who rarely find themselves represented and generally those who can relate or appreciate a different perspective. She considers her experience as a Panafrican Muslim woman of color in Europe as a source of inspiration and understands the privilege to be heard as a form of duty to make use of wisely and empower others the way she has been empowered through art.

Layla Zami
laYla Zami is an artist and scholar working with music, acting, writing, video and photo art. laYla received funding from the Doctoral Talents Fund ELES/BMBF, French Ministry of Youth and the Foundation Zurueckgeben for Jewish Women in Arts and Sciences. Former Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University (IRWGS) and NYFA’s Performing Arts Program Alumni. A Graduate of Sciences Po Paris, laYla also enjoyed learning from international movement and music artists such as Oxana Chi, Suheer Saleh, Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq, Pascal Maffei, Parageet, Mestre Grande da Bahia, Bilonda Bukasa, Pat Hall. Born in Paris, laYla is rooted in an Afro-Indian-Caribbean and Jewish-Russian-European cultural heritage and blossoms on tour with Oxana Chi. laYla performed saxophone, kalimba and words at universities, festivals and theaters in NYC, Philadelphia, Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, Hamburg, Taipeh, Solo/Surakarta, New Delhi. The Homesong solo opened the Trans*formations Festival at Werkstatt der Kulturen Theatre in Berlin.

more tba soon!

Host: Jumọke Adeyanju

For open stage entry write an E-Mail with the art (music or poetry) you want to present to: meets.soul@gmail.com


April 27, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
April 28, 2017 @ 12:00 am




Prachtwerk Berlin
Ganghoferstr. 2
Berlin, 12043 Germany