nina-kibuanda-democratic-republic-of-the-congoNina Kibuanda,  A comedian-slammer was born in 1977 in Kinshasa. He began rapping at 13 and then joined a rap group called Ligne de Mire. At the age of 18 he developed an affinity for words and reading, thanks to his French teacher Richard Moyon, an Education Sans Frontières activist. Kibuanda also took an interest in theatre and registered for actor Marc Michel's class, where his slamming ability was first noticed. This led him to the burgeoning Paris slam scene, a revelation which made him drop rap for slam.

Kibuanda immersed himself into this form of poetry, and, in partnerships with several organisations, in the role of as a facilitator, worked with children, adolescents and adults in schools, universities, community arts centres and old age homes. With his friend Bruno Vieillescazes, he co-authored and interpreted several texts, including Les Baisers de ma Solitude. He also organised and participated in many slam stages in Paris, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Cherbourg, Nantes and Angers, among others.

 

From 2002 to 2007, Kibuanda acted in several plays, including the lead role in Liliom by Férenc Molnar; the role of Glagoliev in Tchekhov's J'ai mal à Platonov and that of the Mayor and the President in  L'Opéra du Dragon. He is currently playing the role of Dembourou in an adaptation of La Vie s'appelle Lâcher entitled Kaïdara , by Amadou Hampathe Ba. In 2008, Kibuanda staged and adapted a play by Sarah Kane entitled 4.48 Psychose , and is currently working on Le Printemps qui fût by Amande.

 

In 2006, he decided to combine art forms by working with jazz musicians Emmanuel Bigot and Jammaria Croocklin as well as singer Wee-Lye, to create a music group called Ninslamjazz. They have given concerts in Paris, Nantes and Les Sables d'Olonne.