You don’t have to hear music to sing it. At least that’s the case with Finnish hip-hop artist Signmark, an international deaf rapper, who performs in Nairobi on Friday.
Signmark, real name Marko Vuoriheimo, has toured more than 30 countries around the world to promote his show Silent Shout. After Nairobi, he heads on to the Ugandan capital Kampala.
“Let your soul be your speaker-box,” he says in one of his tracks, where he combines words with sign language as he says tells blind people that it’s possible for them to watch movies.
He brings his inspiration to Nairobi courtesy of the Embassy of Finland and Signs Media Kenya Limited, and his performance will be complimented by local deaf rap artists Deaf Hand Group.
The lunch-time even at the Nakumatt Lifestyle Lounge will be preceded by a two-hour discussion on the present state of human rights for persons with disabilities in Kenya.
According to a statement from the Finnish Embassy the panel will include representatives from the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, URAIA, and organizations representing the interests of persons with disabilities.
Signmark’s performances usually include teaching the audience in sign language.
He has already graced stages in Atlanta, London, Berlin, Durban, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Dar es Salaam, and he won’t stop there.
Signmark is the Special Representative for promoting the rights of people with disabilities for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and has so far released one album – Signmark.