Fiji born Daren Kamali is an Auckland based performance poet, writer, musician, and youth worker.
Daren launched his bilingual English and Fijian book/CD Poems and Songs from the Underwater World at Fresh Gallery Otara in May as part of the 2011 South Auckland Arts Summit. The official book launch was later held in June at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand in Wellington.
Next week Daren launches Poems and Songs from the Underwater World at the recently opened Oceania Centre’s Gallery of Oceanian Art at The University of the South Pacific in Fiji.
If you’re in Suva, head over to the gallery to hear live performances from Daren Kamali, book signing and an Open Mic session for all local poets, musicians and performers.
“Daren fuses the spoken word with music, creating chants, melodies, rhymes, and harmonies. His writings and music are inspired by his upbringing in Fiji and New Zealand”. ~ Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Check out my talanoa (interview) with Daren here, we chat about about Poems and Songs from the Underwater World, South Auckland Poets Collective, challenges he has faced and advices for aspiring Pacific poets and writers.
Daren at the launch of Poems and Songs from the Underwater World, 5 May 2011 at Fresh Gallery Otara. Image via Colour Me Fiji (Ema Tavola)
Fiji Book / CD Launch of Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World by Daren Kamali
6.30pm Tuesday 11th October 2011
Gallery of Oceanian Art
University of the South Pacific
For more information contact Derek (679) 3232655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Urban Viti’s talanoa with Daren Kamali:
Source and image of poster via Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies