Word art thriving

2015-11-11 06:01
ARTISTS from Bloemfontein and Kimberley engaged in a poetry exchange session at the Mayibuye Centre on Sunday (08/11) afternoon. Photos: Boipelo Mere

ARTISTS from Bloemfontein and Kimberley engaged in a poetry exchange session at the Mayibuye Centre on Sunday (08/11) afternoon. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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IN a scene that can be likened to days past in Galeshewe when Sol Plaatje used to hold social events called Pleasant Sunday Afternoon in the Bantu Hall, poets, writers, hip-hop artists and followers of art in general gathered at the Mayibuye Centre on Sunday (08/11) and performed lyrics to the joy of the audience.

These artists came from Bloemfontein in mini-buses, as well as from Kimberley.

The event was organised by Arts Amuse, in conjunction with Afrikan Queen and the De Wee Writers’ Organisation. The session saw individual poets mesmerising the audience with their impressive poems written in English, Tswana, Sotho and Xhosa.

While the Pleasant Sunday Afternoon sessions of Sol Plaatje’s time probably was about political discourse, the present crop of poets addressed the issues of xenophobia and other social ills, and encouraged the use of the mother tongue and love of art in general.

Utlwile Mohurutshe, originally from Morokweng in the North-West, presented a heart-stopping poem and her performance on stage got great reaction from the audience.

Angie Masiu from Bloemfontein surprised all with her skill in combining Sotho, Xhosa and English.

Moses Sekhobo, whose poems are mostly about anti-xenophobia, also performed in Sotho and English.

Neo Maeng, who performed in a mixture of Tswana and English, sang a KB Motsilenyane song, Mamosadi wa lla, and mixed it with her own lyrics.

There were many impresssive performances by various poets and hip-hop artists.

According to Rita Chihawa, one of the organisers of Arts Amuse, they are trying to inculcate the culture of poetry performances in Kimberley and Bloemfontein.

“We have been doing this over time in Bloemfontein and since we have moved here (Kimberley) we feel like continuing the poetry sessions we call Sound of Poetry. We met with Nosipho Mtabani aka Afrikan Queen and joined forces to produce this magnificent show,” said Chihawa.

“We hope to continue this with the next leg moving to Bloemfontein.”

The occasion was graced by the presence of well-known Kimberley writer Sabata Mokae, a Sotho novelist, Angelinah de Wee, and poet Icebound Makhele.

A hip-hop group from Bloemfontein, Hard Breaking Swag or HBS, also gave a performance.

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