Elsa M’bala (b.1988)
Elsa M’bala (aka AMET aka Anaba M’bala Elsa Tatiana) was born 1988 in Yaoundé. She spent part of her early childhood in Cameroon before resettling in Germany and growing up there. As a social worker, she has realized projects with youth in Germany, Canada, and Jamaica. Since 2009 she has been a member of the band Rising Thoughts and since 2001 has worked as a freelance educator. She lives in both Germany and Cameroon and is in the process of developing an extended cultural-pedagogical project in Cameroon. The complex experience of living as a black woman between two worlds is a central theme of her artistic activity as author, performer, and musician. In her texts and songs, M’bala takes a poetic and critical approach to investigating her lifeworlds, the conflicts that arise from these worlds, and her desire for change.
Her contribution to crossing-boundaries-of-doubt.net:
THE GERMANS BAGGAGE – TEXT – RESEARCH WITH JUSTINE GAGA
THE GERMANS BAGGAGE – FOTO – RESEARCH WITH JUSTINE GAGA