More than the reverb – 17 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
More than the reverb
A series of parallel events that are programmed in response to Em’kal Eyongakpa’s installation Mámbáy bebhɛp 43t / besáŋ berat / bakay nɛkɔ. The series gathers together poets, singers and storytellers to share and interweave lullabies, chants, laments, and folk songs, both ancient and contemporary. These offerings originate primarily from the oral traditions of Ireland, Southeast Nigeria, Southern Cameroons, the Gulf of Guinea, and Western Europe, layered with more contemporary readings around ideas of landscape, nature, displacement, and diaspora. Co-programmed by guest curator Caimin Walsh, this event series is part of the EVA International & IMMA Partnership 2020–2022, IMMA Outdoors and the museum’s Late Nights programme for 2022.
IMMA, Terrace of the Formal Gardens – Friday 17 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
The second event in the series focuses on multiple contributions where lullabies, laments, love songs and poetry are accompanied by brief introductions by each of the performers, offering the stories and histories behind the vocal pieces. Featuring poets James Obijiaku (Ijele) and Samuel Yakura, and traditional singers Ayuk, John Tunney, Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh, amongst others.