Release of J. Kabuta’s book on Kasàlà
Our pioneer Jean, whose work involves the renewal of practices that help to promote well being, is blurring the margins between theatre, stand-up and social dialogue.
Jean advocates two kinds of public speaking: either the public encomium of a person by others or public self-praise in which a person seeks to regain confidence in herself by reciting a text she’s written.
Celebrating others or oneself in public is not as easy as it seems, and it’s not an exercise in vanity. The purpose of this practice goes much deeper than a simple valorisation of the ego.
The book helps readers to practice Kasàlà daily to learn to accept emotions such as joy, doubt or wonder that promote the rebuilding of the self. It also teaches the practice of public oratory and personal flourishing through practical exercises and offers advice to those wishing to lead their own self-praise workshops.
To give you a first look at this little meditation on life, here is a poem from the book:
praise of self:
I am Lubuta Bênyì Nocturnal bird
That keeps watch while other sleep
Source of inspiration for the poet and the philosopher.
My genealogy is long
Son of Lucy The primordial spark
Beneficial star Prolix star
That gave birth to women and to men
That carried human life
To the four corners of the earth
That’s not all Lend me your ear
I delight in invoking that memorable day
Sankara and Lumumba Mandela and Obama
Cheik Anta Diop Martin Luther King
Senghor and Césaire beings of great nobility
That fertilise Africa and the whole planet
And whose blood flows through my veins
praise of other:
I haven’t come alone
With me my sister my friend
From the country that invented philosophy
Descendant of Aristotle and Plato
Look how beautiful she is
An attic sculpture appears before us
Daughter of Homer the gifted bard
Author of superb works of praise
Called the Iliad and the Odyssey
Powerful, mysterious songs
That celebrate the greatness
Of men and of gods
My sister my friend you see
Is Catarina Koletsis