Naila Keleta-Mae

Naila Keleta-Mae

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandSpoken WordWorld

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Naila Keleta-Mae is an accomplished interdisciplinary artist, educator and scholar who makes words come alive with challenging content and charismatic versatility. Her work focuses primarily on literature, theatre and music and she has worked in Canada, France, South Africa, Portugal and the USA.

Naila's recent projects include the launch of her third album bloom and the creation of a commissioned experimental performance installation entitled "on love". Naila is also Faculty Advisor in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College, a PhD Candidate in the Theatre Studies program at York University, a recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and winner of the 2011 IFTR New Scholar Prize. Her artistic and academic work has appeared in journals and anthologies published by Playwrights Canada Press, University of Toronto Press and others.


Her Canadian Urban Music Award-winning album "Free Dome: South Africa" is available at iTunes.


"Free Dome" LP (Yah Ga Yah Productions) *Canadian Urban Music Award, Best Spoken Word Recording

"Imani" on Broken Pencil (Wired on Words)

"Gangsta Rap" on Below The Radar (CHRY 105.5 FM)

"A Dollar?" on Wordlife (RevWords)

"Free Dome: South Africa" LP (Yah Ga Yah Productions)

Set List

15-30 minutes a cappella