Muna Shirwa: addicted to a certain type of sadness

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The Wor(l)d is a series of short videos featuring spoken-word artists from around the world. Each week, RNW provides a space for young poets and rappers to share their take on our themes. In this s our contributors take as their starting point the theme: free speech. 


Muna Shirwa AKA Azahlee is a spoken word artist from Ethiopia. Her work is characterised by its personal vision of a double identity and her cultural background. 

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