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Ian Kamau

“Kamau is a fixture in Toronto’s hip hop scene” – Toronto Standard

June 24 , 2017

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Toronto-based writer, poet, and hip hop artist Ian Kamau, a participant in The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program, performs with his collaborator Njo Kong Kie at The Famous Spiegeltent to launch The Residents Project, Luminato’s on-going partnership with The Theatre Centre.

Through the reading of poetry and stories to music and images, Ian’s current process at The Theatre Centre explores the story of his paternal grandmother Nora Elutha Rogers, and confronts his own struggle with depression as a catalyst to learn more about his family’s struggle with mental illness.

My desire is to put my experiences into the world so that I may enter a larger conversation with people in different places. I am an artist who wants to continue to be creative and support others in being creative while finding my purpose.
– Ian Kamau

Njo Kong Kie, long-serving music director of La La La Human Steps, was born in Indonesia and grew up in Macau. His compositions have been used by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater and Singapore Dance Theatre. Other works include music to the play Infinity and music theatre such as Mr. Shi and His Lover (Tarragon Theatre, Nov/Dec 2017) and Picnic in the Cemetery (Canadian Stage, Apr/May 2018).

The Residents Project is supported by The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation