Hazara poet and cultural activist Farkhonda Akbar writes abstract text writing inspired by her historical wounds and dark experiences as a young Hazara girl. Having completed an undergrad and postgrad in International Relations and undertaking two internships at the UN Headquarters in NY, Farkhonda is dedicated to representing Hazara people worldwide and ensuring peace in her homeland Afghanistan. She is passionate about ensuring the Hazara Diaspora in Melbourne reconnect with culture in their new homelands, and recently ran three months of Hazaragi poetry workshops with young people and women in the community. Farkhonda is collaborating with producer, soundscape creator and spoken word DJ Lapkat as part of Visible 2015. Lapkat (Lisa Greenway) hosts La Danza Poetica on international radio station Groovalization and is actively working to extend the reach of the recorded story and bring the essential spoken word art to a greater global audience.
Poem & vocals: Farkhonda Akbar
Bansuri: Vinod Prasanna
Tabla: Aman Kalyan
Samples, sounds and production: LAPKAT (Lisa Greenaway)
Farkhonda Akbar and Vinod Prasanna recorded by Myles Mumford
Mastered by: Lachlan Carrick