Poet Luyolo has a message to tell

2018-05-10 06:01
Slam poet Luyolo Koboka (23) has pursued his passion since his junior schooling in the Eastern Cape. PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

Slam poet Luyolo Koboka (23) has pursued his passion since his junior schooling in the Eastern Cape. PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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When Luyolo Koboka (23) grabs a microphone to express his views through poetry, you are bound to listen.

The young man who hails from Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape and now resides in Zola, first realised his talent during his years at Dobe Junior Primary School.

He says he is more comfortable just going on stage without jotting down that which he wants to express.

Through this form of poetry, known as “slam poetry”, Koboka says he mostly likes to speak on national issues, and just enjoy the freedom most South Africans enjoy nowadays.

“I remember we had a competition back at school and there was a poem we had to recite on stage,” he relates.

“I found this very difficult and instead expressed myself in my own way. To everyone’s surprise I won that competition.

“When I have to write and think of what to say, it really confuses me. I rather just go and do what I know best. What to say comes flowing into my mind and it’s something worth listening to. If I had the means I would love to perform more often and express myself through this God-given talent.”

Koboka believes that although the country has tasted freedom, the majority of the country has not been liberated.

“You go to Parliament and what you see there is black people fighting one another,” he says.

“It is the same politicians you see prospering – and not the people who vote them into power. I believe there’s a lot that needs to be done, as many people in the country still have no jobs.”

Koboka also cautions youths of the danger of drugs. “The high one gets from drugs is only temporary; beyond this there are dangers,” he says. “Let us not live for the moment; let’s rather think about the future. Stay away from drugs, as it will destroy you.”

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