“It was a night of magic as Namaya spun his stories and improvisations.” –Magnet Theater, NYC
Watch a Glimpse of Namaya at “the Beatnik Café”
Who is Namaya
Namaya is an internationally reknowned Jazz poet, storyteller, humorist and sublime improvisational artist he has performed throughout the US and on tour in Europe, New Zealand Japan Asia the Americas and in a late 2011 performance in Palmyra Syria.
Both as a solo artist, with his band the Jazz Beat Blues Poetry Ensemble, and with jazz musicians around the world Namaya does his astonishing blend of jazz word and story and improvisation.
Namaya in a reverent performance artist with this trademark style of political satire and humor addresses themes and diverse as America Uber Alles the jazz noir detective story of Benny O’Shea the poignant how to make a child to suicide bomber. The free rifting jazz improvisation Namaya is known as the high wire performance artist of the spoken word. Magnet Theater in NYC, “Namaya held the audience in his hand as he fearlessly created a show of improvisation. It was like watching a magician on stage, but this time with words that would appear and disappear, and seamlessly bringing in the audience.”
Namaya has shared the stage with many jazz luminaries like Sheila Jordan who appeared in his production of the Beatnik Café. Appearing in Jazz clubs like “No Black Tie” in Malaysia, “Ben’s Café in Tokyo,” on tour throughout New Zealand and Australia. The Australian Center for Performing Arts said, “loved the show it was a free wheeling journey of love and play that delighted the audience.” Other tours in Europe have taken him to Copenhagen, Amsterdam at the famed Winston – where audiences cheered his improvisation rifting with the band on Quantum Love and greasy fried chicken. The Apples and Snakes in London said, “We loved hearing his band with their marvelous invention of word and jazz.” Namaya is one of the most widely traveled performance poets with performances in Central and South America, and in Syria in 2011 shortly before the war in Allepo at “Oscars” and at the Palmyra Hotel. In Palestine he has performed at the Alrowadd Theater. Namaya is a playwright and performance artist who has presented performances at Villa Grimaldi Peace Park in Santiago, Chile in December 2013 with Chilean performers Tar Danza and Fraternidad Allyu, “We were so moved by Namaya and the B4 Peace Teams performance and presentation and we were so deeply touched. It was a memorable performance for all.
People Love the Show
“I loved the show. Terrific fun. I want to bring him back.”
The Australian Center for Performance Arts
“Great fun, the students loved it.”
Marlboro College, Vt.
Sanctuary Cella in Brighton, England