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Rising Spoken word artist Munya Usuwana to star in Zim-Nigerian production


Lands leading role in new Zimbabwe-Nigerian production ... Munya Usuwana

20/07/2017 00:00:00
by Tidi Kwidini
 
This role was something I never expected ... Munnya Usuwana
 
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FROM open mic nights to the big screen, multi-talented Zimbabwe-born word poet, Munnya Usuwana has taken a giant leap and will star in upcoming film, Love Triangle premiering next month in London.

Love Triangle, a Nigeria-Zimbabwe production features award winning Nollywood actors Alex Ekubo and Daniel Lloyd.

Like a number of poets and rappers such as Saul Williams and Common who have transitioned into the film world, Usuwana landed the role after impressing several producers at a film premiere where he was invited to perform in March this year.

“This role was something I never expected in a million years,” Usuwana said.

“There were a number of high profile Nigerian producers at the premiere in March, who were all very impressed by my wordplay performance and in May.

“One of them gave me a call and offered me a role alongside renowned actor Alex Ekubo,” added Usuwana.

Love Tringle follows the complex love story of protagonist, Razor, played by Usuwana, a very intellectual fraudster who is embroiled in a world of dishonesty and corruption.

“I play a very obnoxious, deceitful and illusive character, who will stop at nothing to acquire wealth and, will even go to great lengths, using the people that I love, to get what I want,” he said.

Thrust into the limelight at a young age, Munnya first performed at a church conference and this, later, inspired him to start writing and sharing his poetry publicly.

“One of the leaders in my church heard me reciting something and was amazed at the depth and sincerity of my poetry and wanted the world to hear what I had to say,” said Usuwana.

“The onset of my journey was interesting. I never thought of myself as a writer, let alone a poet but, after that first encounter at a church conference, I found my passion and my voice, and I have never looked back.”

Munnya’s first poem Andrew was written in 2012 and was later filmed as a video in 2014.

The award-winning artist has since performed at several prestigious events across England, including Havant Literary Festival, Petersfield Write Angle Poetry and Music Cabaret, BBC Radio Leicester and the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.

He recently performed at a dinner in honour of legendary musician, Oliver Mtukudzi’s 65th birthday and his illustrious career that spans 40 years, dedicating a special poem to the music icon titled, How did you do it?



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Currently working on numerous projects, Munnya plans to host an evening of poetry towards the end of the year.

Directed by award-winning film director Nelson Spyke, Love Triangle will premiere at the Odeon Imax in Greenwich, London on the 4th of August.

Meanwhile, tickets are still available with early bird tickets being sold at a discounted rate of £20. VIP tickets are £100 and can be purchased exclusively from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-triangle-tickets-35168511966

For more information contact +44 7743 424314.

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