Visiting Artist (Salim's Salon)
Elsa M’bala (aka AMET aka Anaba M’bala Elsa Tatiana) was born 1988 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. In 1999 she moved to Berlin, where she grew up. As a skilled social worker she carried out different projects with adolescents in Germany, Canada and Jamaica. Since 2009 she is a member of the band Rising Thought and since 2001 she works as a freelance educator. She lives in Germany and Cameroon, where she develops a cultural and pedagogical program. The complex experience of living as a black woman between two worlds is a central theme of her artistic activity as author, performer, and musician. In her texts and songs, M’bala takes a poetic and critical approach to investigating her life worlds, the conflicts that arise from these worlds and her desire for change.
What makes artistic collaboration work?
I believe listening to each other, like in basic communication, being present helps a lot.
How important is the context, in which you perform, to you?
I believe information can reach and enrich anyone at any given moments, so that I tend to focus more on the work then on the environment.
Where are the limits of notation?
There are many for me as a rhymical issue, since this form of musical interpretation is manly based on European standards.