Saili Katebe

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Saili Katebe a Zambian-born writer and performer based in South West England. Often writing under the pen name The Blissful Nomad, he uses poetry and theatre to exercise his curiosity and perfect the art of recklessness, challenging his language and its hidden music.

He co-hosts Bristol’s leading spoken word night Raise The Bar, is a BBC Poetry Slam runner-up, and a Milk Poetry Superslam winner. In 2019, he was the poet-in-residence for the SS Great Britain.

“Saili’s work is profoundly personal, skilful and abundant with narrative and raw feeling. His creative energy is laced with hope and a sense of possibility. He draws on his rich heritage and experiences as a black person living in rural England to craft stunning poems that are moving and vibrant on both the stage and the page.” Irisi Magazine

Nymphs & Thugs are delighted to be have signed Saili to the label as part of the ‘LIVEwire x Lockdown’ project. This saw Saili delivering free online poetry workshops for young black writers. We then commissioned Saili to write his ‘Inheritance’ poem in response to this group and commissioned movement practitioner Deepraj Singh to devise some movement to accompany the poem.

Saili Katebe (1 and 3 by Dan Martin; 2 by Thom Bartley)

“Saili had the audience in the palm of his hand at our ‘LIVEwire Birmingham’ event earlier this year, and it was that night that the original idea for the ‘LIVEwire x Lockdown’ project was born. He’s one of the most captivating poets that I’ve seen over the last few years and I’m over the moon that he’s on our label.” Matt Abbott


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Saili Katebe ‘Inheritance’