With his most recent shows aptly titled Mitchz Manifest, Mitchy Isabirye has prominently featured other spoken word artists, singers and instrumentalists, among others. Gabriel Buule caught up with him to discuss his career as a spoken word artist and social life.
Kasokoso’ Finest as he is commonly known to those in the arts circles, Godfrey Mitchy Isabirye is steadily creating a new dimension of Uganda’s poetry.
With a new EP dubbed Endha to his name, the author, writer, poet, spoken word artist and environmentalist is gaining repute with an art form that has been reluctantly embraced by Ugandans.
Mitchy is a spoken word artist who has staged three independent shows since October 2022. He has organised his shows at the National Theatre and the last two, including that on Thursday night have been at Goethe Zentum Kampala in Kamwokya.
Talk to us about the Mitchz Manifest series
The series are about poetry shows that are geared towards creating a platform where spoken word can be appreciated and consumed with minimum disruption.
In my opinion, the best thing you can pay a poet/spoken word artist is maximum attention, so whoever chooses to attend the manifests are willing to listen, but I am not down playing the money.
In March 2022 someone contacted me to perform at Vumbula Uganda Festival and on the line-up I was supposed to come before Jose Chameleone – as in curtain raise for him.
This show at the back of mind was supposed to be what would make me, but somehow it broke me. I even had to explain to the stage manager what I do and his response was, “byebiki ebyo?” (what is that?).
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