We're thrilled to announce our first African Tour!.

January 28, 2015 at 11:00am
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

Zarif Soulye in association with iYABARTS
presents Iyaba Ibo Mandingo
South African Tour

JANUARY 28, 2015

Zarif Soulye and iYABARTS announced today that Iyaba Ibo Mandingo embarks on his first tour to South Africa in February. Mandingo isan invited presenter at the North Cape Writers Festival, where he will read from his debut novel Sins of My Fathers. He will also read poems from his chap books 41 Times, Amerikkkan Exile ,40 days and 40 nights of Write as well as poems from his first collection of poetry “You Tongue Heavy Like 56”. Hewill present his awarding winning one man play, unFRAMED in several cities including Kimberley, Johannesburg and Soweto.

Meet Theodore Olutunde Azana, Theo, the latest progeny in a long line of womanizers. Life and destiny send him on a journey across the planet and deep inside himself to find his “whys”. Why he has to have more than one woman: Why he hasn't reconciled with his father: and why so many of the menin his family have the same story?

“A tremendously important novel in the tradition of Gabriel García Márquez. Pastand present, the imagined and the tangible, resistance and surrender are all indistinguishable in this journey of an old soul through the miasma of time. Astrikingly auspicious debut by an established poet whose grasp of history takes us, the readers, on what we thought would be an impossible journey; and yet, we come back better.” Brent Buell author of Rapturous

unFRAMED (directed by Brent Buell)
Meet Iyaba formerly Kenny Athel George DeCruise, painter, poet, husband, father, son and undocumented immigrant from Antigua. At the age of eleven, Iyaba is plucked from the tropical comfort of his boyhood and taken to life in America where he must navigate his way to manhood without the guidance of a father. Using canvas,paint, poetry, prose and song, Iyaba tells us a story of his transformation from “Mommy Me No Wan Go Merrica”- a prophetic piece that hints at the many trials he will face in a new land-to his powerful political poetry that wouldlead to his arrest and attempted deportation in post 9/11 America. Throughout the play Iyaba shares his rage,determination, and hope while he paints his self-portrait and successfully struggles to redefine his humanity, rediscover his smile, and truly accept himself for the first time.

“Mandingo. . . is a multitalented performer. His one-man show, "unFRAMED: A Man in Progress," directed by Brent Buell, is a tour de force, providing insight into the life of an immigrant artist and the trials and tribulations of his family and friends.” - Herb Boyd, Amsterdam News

“I am thrilled beyond words to be blessed with this opportunity to share my work on my mother Continent.” -Iyaba Ibo Mandingo

IYABA IBO MANDINGO-poet, painter, writer, and playwright - is a native of Antigua, West Indies,who came to the United States in 1980 as a young boy. His earliest exposures to the arts were through his mother, a professional singer, and his grandparents, a tailor and a seamstress who first introduced him to colors and patterns, paving a path to the many ways of expression: drawing, painting,sculpting, writing and performing. Iyaba studied fine arts at Southern Connecticut State University and today teaches in and around the tri-state area as a Master Teaching Artist. He appears regularly as a performance poet in venues across the United States and abroad, including Nuyorican Poetry Café, Brooklyn Moon, and Next Door Café among others in the NY area and was the keynote performer at the 2011 Westchester, NY Poetry Festival. Iyaba was awarded a national Percent for the Arts Program artist grant, as well as grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and multiple commendations from the Nassau County African American Museum. His artwork has been included in over a dozen group and individual shows in the tri-state area, most recently at the Culture Project,NYC, and “Letn Go” a collection of new work at the Pump House gallery in Hartford CT. He was recently seen at 59E59 as Henry in Deb Margolin’s The Expenses of Rain (Laura Barnett, director) and Jackson Phillip in Derek Walcotts Pantomime (Ewayne McDonald, director). He is an Artist in Residence at the New York Theatre Workshop.