Philipp Khabo Koepsell
is a Berlin-based author and an internationally acclaimed spoken word performer of German and South African descent. With a clear focus on empowerment and negotiations of race and identity he has been touring Europe and South Africa,
giving joyful lessons on activism and performance. His approach proved to be successful across all age groups and borders. On stage he mixes savvy afropolitan poetry with Black German activist messages and theatrical bits creating
a unique, gritty, and entertaining style of performance poetry. He writes and performs in German and English.
He is the author of Die Akte James Knopf. Afrodeutsche Wort- und Streitkunst (UNRAST Verlag, 2010), a book of poetry in which he reflects on racism, society and Germany's colonial past. He is the author of Die Akte James Knopf.
Afrodeutsche Wort- und Streitkunst (UNRAST Verlag, 2010), a book of poetry in which he reflects on racism, society and Germany's colonial past.
He is editor of the anthologies "Afro Shop" and "Arriving in the Future: Stories of Home and Exile", both published in 2014 with Epubli GmbH, Verlagsgruppe Holtzbrinck.
He is a member of the international spoken word/hip hop collective New Night Babies, a group that found its home in the Paris music scene. He has been performing with different rap and spoken word groups as well as with solo musicians,
dancers, singers, and poets.
As a graduate of Humboldt-University's (Berlin) African Studies department he has been lecturing at the University of Bayreuth in the department of Intercultural Anglophone Studies. He gives performance workshops for students
and has created a teaching module for high school teachers, preparing them with the skills to apply a post-colonial perspective on the school’s history and literature syllabus.
Currently, he works as curator and dramatic advisor for the Berlin-based theatre Ballhaus Naunynstraße.
Influences: afrofuturism, spoken word poetry (Gil Scott Heron, The Last Poets, Saul Williams), rap music (Digable Planets, A Tribe called Quest), theatre, jazz, stand-up comedy.
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