The 10th Speak The Mind Poetry and Music Festival

By Faeza
13 August 2015

Workshops, Master-Classes and a Dialogue Session at the 10th Speak The Mind Poetry and Music Festival.

To mark 10 years of provoking thought and sparking conversations, the Speak The Mind Poetry and Music festival presents workshops and a dialogue session as a way to nurture its engaging tradition.

Positioned as a live literature and music platform connecting influential voices from Southern Africa and the Diaspora, the goal is to empower up and coming writers, facilitate information flow and to forge long lasting relationships and networks.

The workshops take place on Friday, September 18 at the Bannister Hotel (9 De Beer St, Braamfontein) from 2pm to 5pm.

The running themes for the day will be ‘regional cooperation’ explored among artists within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and ‘free speech’.

These address the issues of regional collaboration and lack thereof, free expression and a strong network among SADC poets/performers while encouraging their individuality.

The highlight will be a master-class from the internationally celebrated Tony, Emmy and Peabody award winning spoken word artist, Black Ice from the US. Entitled Finding Your Voice, the content of his class will include a discussion on the responsibility of an artist/activist and a break- down of what makes a dynamic performance.

This will run for one hour and 30 minutes followed by a Q&A opportunity.

The workshops are free, but you have to register to secure your seat on

As a new feature to the Speak The Mind programming, the festival is introducing a dialogue session ahead of the main event on Saturday, September 19 at the Bassline (10 Henry Nxumalo St, Newtown).

The move encourages an exchange of ideas and draws attention to pressing issues currently forming part of our collective consciousness.

From #BlackLivesMatter, corruption, white privilege to black rage, the Speak The Mind platform will be a spot-on extension of these frank discussions.

The panel includes Mzilikazi Wa Afrika who will read from his book, Nothing Left To Steal; Nomsa Mazwai; Black Ice and Cape Town poet Kyle Louw.

The discussion will facilitated by SAFM’s Khanyi Magubane.

The dialogue session takes place from 4pm to 6pm and the main performances start at 6pm.

The exciting artist line up boasts big names: Black Ice from Atlanta, USA; iconic sculptor and poet, Professor Pitika Ntuli; Nomsa Mazwai aka Nomisupasta; Kabomo; Kyle Louw; Charity Hutete aka aCurious Poet (Zim); Qhibo Intalektual (Swaziland); Afro Twist; Leshie Lovesong (Botswana) and The Muffinz featuring Maskandi living legend, Madala Kunene.

Tickets cost R100 at Computicket and R150 at the door. Doors open at 4pm.

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