60th Slam Africa Tag Team Winner; Esther Muema

(Last Updated On: March 30, 2016)

Esther Muema Mutheu is the winner of the 60th slam Africa edition of the first ever tag team competition that was held at the Alliance Françoise in Nairobi. She is a third year student, majoring in communication and electronic media in Daystar University.

Esther is a go-getter, outgoing, fun and loves challenges.

In an exclusive interview, she shares her journey as a spoken word artist and her slam Africa experience.

VARCITY: How long have you been doing spoken word art?

ESTHER: I started writing my pieces while still in primary school although I never got to recite them

VARCITY: How did you know about slam Africa?

ESTHER: I knew about it through another spoken word artist. Keith the cartoonist. He is also the 56th slam Africa spoken word winner. We are really good friends.

VARCITY: How many other teams were competing in the same category?

ESTHER: We had two other teams. The first team spoke of the death of spoken word and the second spoke of the life of boney and Clyde.

VARCITY: What was your piece about?

ESTHER: It was on a love story that never was.

VARCITY: How long did it take to write it?

ESTHER: It took almost a month. Reason, we don’t write on the same issue. Keith relates all his pieces to cartoons and I relate mine to real life experiences.

VARCITY: What made your piece special?

ESTHER: It was easy to relate with because most people know how it feels like when you bank your feelings on a love that never was.

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VARCITY: Where else have you performed?

ESTHER: My first two performances were at Pap clan, which has now been rebranded to Ndimi zetu.

VARCITY: How was the experience compared to your first performances?

ESTHER: It was nerve wrecking and fun at the same time.

VARCITY: Why did you choose slam Africa?

ESTHER: I wanted to prove that my pieces were worth the competition and worth being said out loud.

VARCITY: What challenges did you face throughout the whole experience?

ESTHER: I kept forgetting my lines, felt a little discouraged by the critics who were giving opinions on our piece and I also had a hard time in expressing my emotions.

VARCITY: Who inspires your poetry works?

ESTHER: Mufasa. This is because it is very easy to relate to his pieces and he is also great at matching his work with emotions.

VARCITY: What can you say about spoken word in Kenya?

ESTHER: A lot of people are talented. All they need is to identify platforms that can use to express themselves.

VARCITY: What advice can you give to those that are yet to come out?

ESTHER: Do not be scared to show who you are and what you feel or think because even if you don’t believe it your opinions do count somewhere.

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