All About Kimba Bush
Kimba wrote his first significant piece of poetry at age 11. He didn’t realise how significant it would become until his mother discovered it in his bedroom. It was a piece expressing his discontent about issues at home. It was at this point he discovered the power of the written word. However it wasn’t until he received a full scholarship to study at University he would realise the necessity of creative writing and performance as facilitators of his personal growth and achievement. As a full scholarship student athlete from a challenging family background creative writing became his go to outlet for grasping a narrative that empowered him to enjoy life to it’s fullest.
Since finding his voice in poetry & performance he has worked with several well known schools, charities, organisations, & corporations including but not limited to:
The Victoria & Albert Museum Poetic History, The Fairbridge Organization, Kompany Malakhi Creative Arts in Poetry/Rap/Theatre/Improv (Bristol/London/ Birmingham), Tulse Hill Estate Children’s Poetry/Rap Project, Haringey Council Youth Songwriting Lyrics Session, Brent Council Youth Songwriting Lyrics Session, Just Breathe London (Poetry Meditation), Wanderlust UK, Cancer Research UK, Veridian House Corporation.
In addition to working with schools, community, & prestigious organisations Kimba has also released two hip hop albums that have received strong praise and support from but not limited to: Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6, Chuck D of Public Enemy, DJ Jazzy Jeff (from the Fresh Prince), DJ Premier, and Pos Da Nous of De La Soul. His music has also been featured in a film production in the United States.
Kimba’s poetry & creative writing sessions are generally an hour long consisting of an intro or warm up period, followed by the creative writing session, then a performance or sharing session. Sessions can be longer if needed. All sessions require paper and writing instruments. In each session Kimba’s adheres to the brief set out by the school, then helps participants identify their inspirations and challenges, then discover the connection between the two through an enthusiastic and exciting creative writing process. It finishes with a performance or a voluntary sharing of participants work for them to discover the joy of sharing their creativity and how it can positively affect themselves and others.
Sessions can accommodate anywhere from 5 – 35 students.
Reviews and Testimonials
“I just wanted to personally thank you for that amazing moment you gave London on the stage. Really is was incredibly powerful and deep – my vibe completely and the perfect fit for Wanderlust.”
Alan Steel, Managing Director
Wanderlust UK/Southern Europe
“Thank you for delivering a highly engaging, entertaining and informative session. The feedback from the session was very positive.”
Anthony Wilkes, Equality Diversity Inclusion Manager
Cancer Research UK
“I would like to say thank you for the performance at the Mayor’s Tea Party on Friday 20th April 2018. Please thank Kimba his performance was wonderful and really got our event started. We have had nothing back except positive comments about your performance so thank you on behalf of the Partnerships and Engagement Team, Brent Council.”
Shane Lawrence, Policy Officer, Brent Council
“I have had the pleasure of seeing Kimba inspire adults and children through the spoken word and
music on several occasions.
Three events stick in my mind above the many others. Kimba worked with the Harrow Fairtrade Campaign and grassroots Community Organisation BTWSC to capture the essence of the strategy to become a Fairtrade borough. He produced a catchy song, “It takes two” with meaningful lyrics
which was published as a CD. It was used as a backdrop to an event in the town centre during Fairtrade fortnight 2012in front of two Mayors, the Mayor of Harrow and the Mayor of Douai, Harrow’s twin town . I believe this was a critical part of the borough achieving Fairtrade Borough
status in 2014 at the end of my mayoral year. The second was a workshop with young people during African History Month when he worked with them and helped them produce a piece which they performed with his support in front of an intergenerational audience. “Pass it on” encouraged
everyone to look at the legacy we have received and the duty we have to pass it on to the next generation. The third was an environmental workshop with young people where he got them to produce lyrics capturing Brent’s campaign to love where you live. It was interesting watching his
channel creative talent from the usual run of the mill love lyrics to thoughtful words about keeping the neighbourhood clean.
I have no hesitation in recommending Kimba for any work he has been engaged to do. He has a positive, infectious spirit which encourages those in his workshops to give of their best.”
Ms Nana Asante
Mayor of Harrow (2013 – 2014)
“I have no hesitation in recommending Kimba.
Over the years he has successfully engaged young people on BTWSC and Music 4 Causes workshops to produce lyrics on a variety of topics including African History, Recycling, Peace, Fairtrade, and the Environment.
The ‘Look Around (The Environment)’ song was written by young people at a workshop facilitated by Kimba and BTWSC project programmer Kwaku, and was performed at an event attended by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and received excellent feedback.
Kimba has a positive way of engaging young people and bringing out the best in them. He will be an asset to any organisation working with young people and adults.”
BTWSC Co-Ordinator and Brent Community Champion
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Kimba, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at email@example.com