Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book N Gauge XII: Partying with Books and YOU

It's a year already since Book N Gauge started. Are YOU surprised? Oh yes, it is a year since the debut edition that featured Jude Dibia and Odili Ujubuonu. If the event were a baby, it would be crawling, walking maybe. We have crawled, walked, learnt and are still learning.  The twelfth edition of Book N Gauge is scheduled to hold on the 26th of May, 2012 at 2pm; venue is Debonair Bookstores, Sabo, Yaba.

In the one year that the event started, Book N Gauge has featured over thirty writers, and over fifteen performers. Book N Gauge has had eleven book readings with writers and performers from different parts of the country. Does this call for celebration? We think so. And that's why  the twelfth edition, a book party, is dedicated to YOU.

The book party would feature more music performances than ever before, more give-aways and more participation from YOU.   Why YOU? Because you have been with us throughout this whole year. And we need to show our appreciation to you by opening our floors to the readers in you. 

HOW? YOU will read excerpts from your favourite books. YOU will tell us what makes the book your favourite, why you love it so much.

We have decided to open the floor to budding poets for the first time. So, if you would be interested in performing; send us your details: so that we can include you in the plan.
Our lineup of performers include musicians, Ese Peters, Isebiama, DTone, and poets, Plumbline, Efe Paul Azino, Razaq Ivori and YOU!

Efe Paul Azino: Regarded as one of Nigeria’s leading Spoken Word Poets, Efe Paul has headlined many performance poetry events, including Anthill 2.0 and Taruwa.  Efe has delivered Spoken Word Poetry locally and internationally.  Reflecting the suffering in African societies and the hope that keeps them going; Efe Paul’s poems cut across class, social and religious boundaries.  Efe Paul is at once entertaining and thought-provoking; he leads a generation of poets in lifting poetry off the printed page, out of the shadows of academia and placing it right before the audience.

Plumbline studied as a Geo-scientist, rather than digging oil pipes; he “mines” words. Influenced by poets like the late Mamman Vatsa and the late Ken Saro Wiwa, the songwriter and spoken word artist wrote poetry from his secondary school days.  He performs Spoken Word Poetry at most Lagos Events like Wordslam, Anthill, Taruwa and hosts Chill and Relax. His words dash straight through the heart of the audience and leaving them with thoughts, little mementos to take home.

Isebiama is a sensational singer, songwriter, guitarist whose love and passion for music has taken him through phases most focused and accomplished musicians pass through. He is a product of the MUSON Diploma School Of Music where he learnt a whole lot about music. Isebiama is indeed a musician of purpose; his genre of music oozes of originality and cultural credibility in Soul and World Music. His songs which are written & delivered in English, Yoruba, Okrika and Pidgin English, are an expression of his experiences.  His dynamic play of the guitar with speed, passion, mental strength, balance and panache, and his remarkable vocal intonation through his mid to high notes registration are assets to be reckoned with.

Dtone: He’s one of the new Nigerian singers to watch out for. His new singles “Sunkun Ife” and“Ife Gbagbara” have been attracting rave reviews. He has performed on stages with Nigerian musicians like Dj Zeez, M I, Banky, 2 face, 9ice, Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti and P-Square. Eyes closed, fingers strumming the guitar, sonorous voice tantalizing the audience, D Tone is always a delight to watch.

Razaq Ivori: Spoken Word Artiste. Razaq Ivori graduated from Ahmadu Bello University and the Institute of Journalism. He has two unpublished works: The Sperm, a Sci-Fi African drama piece and The Adventures of Illinick. He longs to bring back the art of the quintessential town crier poetic semantics which he dubs “narrative news”—a  system where actual news content is infused in free flowing prose rendition like the Yoruba “ewi”, though delivered in English yet not without the characteristic melodic chant of the past. For six months, Ivori premiered this art at the Bogobiri House, ikoyi, where some said the uproar it generated prompted the proprietors to establish a full scale stage house next door for performance poetry.

Ese Peters: Ese Peters has a knack for making beautiful music. A self-taught guitar player, he started out as a solo performer of the Alternative Rock/Soul genre. Ese puts an interesting spin on guitar-driven pop music.

Auction Session: There will be an auction session. What do you get? Latest books that you can only find online. Hot CDs that are yet to be on the streets. There is also a surprise X auction item, come to find out. What are you waiting for? Let the bargaining begin. 
  • A platform for book lovers to meet, interact and network.
  • Freebies, lots of it. Let’s start with this. Invite five friends, ensure they come for the event and win a free book.
  • Live Musical performances by:  Ese Peters and Isebiama.
  • Poetry by Efe Paul Azino, Razaq Ivori and Plumbline
·         There will also be a raffle draw with the star prize being a Kindle.

DATE:  May 26, 2012
TIME: STRICTLY 2pm – 5pm
VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba.
Remember: Bring five friends and win a free book! Gifts are available for early birds too.

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