Sound and vision blog

10 February 2020

Recording of the week: Ntozake Shange

This week's selection comes from Steve Cleary, Lead Curator of Literary and Creative Recordings.

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Ntozake Shange, November 1978, by Barnard College; digitally restored by Chris Woodrich. CC BY-SA 3.0

This week’s selection features the American playwright and poet Ntozake Shange (1948-2018), recorded at the ICA, London, 14 March 1984. The interviewer is fellow playwright Michelene Wandor. 

Ntozake Shange and Michelene Wandor in conversation (1 hr. 2 min.)

In a wide-ranging talk, Shange discusses her most famous work, the award-winning theatre piece for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, and her then most recent novel Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo.

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