Review by Sophie Alal
A shorter version of this article was published in The East African November 2nd, 2009.
Mainstream disregard for the unknown is often what keeps artists starving. To address the balance, Words And Pictures (WAPI), initiated by the British Council, is a series of events across several African countries for underground artists to showcase their music, fashion, poetry, art photography, graffiti, video, illustrations and painting.
The 9th WAPI event in Uganda took place in The People’s Space at Hotel Africana in Kampala. Mr. Patrick Muyonjo, the technical director of the firm managing the event, explained “we give the artists who are executing music performances the stage, and then we give an opportunity to the artists who are within the stalls. It is showcased by MCs going over there and questioning them about their forms of art, what they feel, and why they are here.”