Kiilu Nyasha

“In Memory of Kuwasi Balagoon”

Kiilu Nyasha at Wild Poppies release, photo by Scott Braley

Kiilu Nyasha reading at the Wild Poppies CD release party, La Peña, Berkeley.
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Photo: Scott Braley

Kiilu Nyasha is a revolutionary artist, activist and journalist in the liberation struggle for over 35 years. A former Black Panther, she is a radio and newspaper journalist who has done much to keep political prisoners in the public eye.

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In Memory of Kuwasi Balagoon

Marilyn Buck

[This poem is read on the CD by Kiilu Nyasha. MP3 of this poem]

                                            December 13, 1986

Dear brother you spoke so plain
children listened to your song of freedom
played in games, stories and life

brother you danced so lightly
you whistled as you soared
over prison walls and tombs

dear brother your spirit sings
songs of freedom
wrenched from slaver’s cruelty

you leave us your tunes
          swinging blues
          rocking rap
          brass staccatos
          peace by piece
a revolution riff

December 19, 1986

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