CELEBRATED poet Linda Gabriel is back in the country after a successful tour of Europe where she performed in front of big crowds at different venues.
By Kennedy Nyavaya
Gabriel, who has gradually positioned herself as one of the most entertaining female poets in the country, was a resident artist in Germany where she staged her work with different artists.
In a recent interview with The Standard Style, the multilingual artist said apart from immediate gains, the trip served her plans to build a formidable name internationally.
“I went there to sell my name because if you are this side the chances of them noticing you are slim, so this whole tour was seeding and when you seed you do not wait to immediately reap,” she said.
Having travelled out of the country a couple of times this year, Gabriel admitted that the poetry industry was not an immediate catch internationally although it has broken fertile ground for her.
“You would be surprised that some problems poets face in Zimbabwe are also there but well, that is a bigger place and there are more venues and events,” she said.
“I never went there with a lot of expectations to avoid disappointments but I am grateful for the people who attended my performances.”
While in Germany, the Poetic Angel (her stage name) did mbira fusions with local artist Vee Kay. They are now working on a project that will be unveiled soon.
Although the trip had been scheduled to run for three months till August, she had to cut it short and come back early in preparation for a debut Vavasati International Women’s Festival performance.
She will stage her famous poem You Think You Know Me? at the three-day long fete running from August 3 to 5 at the biggest home of arts facilities in South Africa — the State Theatre.
“To perform at the State Theatre is a major leap in an artist’s career and I am pretty excited, it is amazing,” she said.