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13/10/2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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About this Event

mother tongues is excited to present TIERED TONGUE by SAMRA MAYANJA, a tryptic process inviting collective reflection, breaking and remaking of the knowledge produced in her performance BAD UGANDAN.

The sentiment that our experience is fixed, unchangeable and constrained by the everyday is broken in moments when we are elevated, lifted or in a state of ecstasy. This ecstatic experience can be induced by repetitive sounds, producing sound and/or movements collectively – transporting us out and over the day to day.

Please join us for the first workshop BLACK MUSIC, REPETITION AND THE ECSTATIC, where Samra will perform her piece BAD UGANDAN followed by a listening party, with a selection of music from Samra’s research. The listening party is a space for people to collectively listen to music and reflect on memories and thoughts. Feel free to also contribute by adding link(s) to your chosen music originated from the culture of the African diaspora* here.

*This is music of people from anywhere in the world who identify as black and/or who’s heritage, musical tradition and style can be connected to black cultures.


TIERED TONGUE takes its impetus from Samra’s eponymous poem written in 2015, exploring the relationship between the first languages spoken by her mother and herself (Lusoga and English respective) and the recent historic power dynamic between the two languages and how this manifests in their relationship.

Samra will be hosting two workshops, “Black Music, Repetition and the Ecstatic” at DIY Space For London on the 16th of October and “Forging Gestures?” (venue TBC, Leeds) in November and a performance in January 2020.


Samra Mayanja is a Leeds based artist whose work spans video, performance and non-hierarchical collective learning. She’s interested in national and global hierarchies concerning language and the performance of speech.

mother tongues is an interdisciplinary and research-led collective applying decolonial, feminist and queer theory in exploring language and identity.


We aim to make this space as accessible as possible to all folx! Please contact Marina at mothertonguescollective@gmail.com if you are differently abled/qtipoc+ and have any concerns about attending. This includes (but is not limited to) transport to and from the venue, arranging for childcare, as well as dietary preferences.



DIY Space for London
96-102 Ormside St
London, SE15 1TF United Kingdom