A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo has steadily built a name for herself as a poet, performer, actress and musician. A keen observer and devoted student of the written word; Ngwatilo’s book of poems, "Blue Mothertongue" (2010), is set in Nairobi and the African diaspora around notions of home and identity. Critics say the work is “crafted with beautiful pace and intelligence,” that it is “a worthy testament of her times.” Ngwatilo’s work has been translated into Swedish and (Austrian) German, in addition to being published in literary journals in Kenya and abroad.
Lauded “a priest of the art of performed poetry,” Ngwatilo has presented her work at major African and European festivals, and also enjoys creating unique collaborative poetry-in-performance concepts in an aesthetic dubbed “puesic” [pew-zik]. Her first EP album “Introducing Ngwatilo” (2011) offers a sampling of her solo work and her latest collaborative explorations with popular musicians.
Ngwatilo’s new research explores the lived experience of diverse rural Kenyan communities. It will ultimately inform, among various media products, the writing of a second book of poems.
“Blue Mothertongue” is available at Text Book Centre, Bookstop, Bookpoint, Prestige Booksellers – all in Nairobi, and at Moi University Bookshop, Eldoret. Blue Mothertongue is distributed by The Kwani Trust [www.kwani.org].
You can also find Ngwatilo on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.Ngwatilo is managed by Ngwatilo Poetry & Books.
"Ngwatilo's work has been reviewed by various magnanimous, talented and rather cool folks. The Puesic Project, her first performance project presented in December 2010 at Alliance Francaise de Nairobi, was reviewed by Daktari on his blog SleeplessinNairobi. Blue Mothertongue has been reviewed by Wamathai.com, while Introducing Ngwatilo has been reviewed by KenyanPoet."
Read and listen to Ngwatilo’s recent poem on World Literature Today, a magazine published by the University of Oklahoma. The recording is from her new E.P album “Introducing Ngwatilo.”
Should you wish to contact Ngwatilo directly please write to Ngwatilo[at]Ngwatilo[dot]com.
For bookings, please use the same address or speak to Charity at +254 733 640027.