Integration of Work and Leisure in the Performance of Spoken Word Poetry in Kenya
Keywords:Work, Leisure, Continuum, Spoken Word, Performance Poetry
Spoken word poetry, an emerging genre in Kenyan literature, is popular among the urban population. The performance of this creative work draws audience from different socio-economic backgrounds who view it as a source of entertainment. Majority of these poets begin off by staging performances in order to exercise their talents and entertain their audience without financial gain. However, once they get the desired popularity, their interests change and they begin to view the performance of spoken word poetry as an alternative source of income. It is against this background that this paper seeks to explore the relationship between work and leisure in the performance of spoken word poetry in Kenya. Scholars in the field of leisure studies are constantly seeking the relationship between work and leisure. This research seeks to examine the representation of labour and leisure in the creative industry of spoken word poetry in Kenya. The study explores the characteristics of work and leisure to determine the leisure/work relationship in the performance of spoken word poetry in Kenyan literature.