ELANDSKOP poet Bongeka Zuma will host her first-ever show called Poetry Meets Jazz. This show will be held at Bessie Head Library on February 29, from 11 am to 4.30 pm.The theme for this show is “Be my date”.Speaking to Echo, Zuma — famously known as “Mafahleni Wesizwe” — said she decided to host this show to enable her to raise funds for needy children in the rural areas.She said the proceeds of the show will go towards buying school uniform for children in need in impoverished areas.“After 13 years of being a poet, I decided that this is the time for me to give back to the community of Pietermaritzburg which has been supporting me since the beginning of my career.“This is also my way of thanking my supporters for everything that they have done for me including purchasing my CDs. I want to show my appreciation through this show. They [supporters] have also been begging me to host a show so that they can see me perform their favourite poems,” she said.She added that she is also trying to show people that poetry can collaborate with any other genre, such as music.“We have seen, that in many festivals, it is so difficult to hire poets because the organisers have never seen poets performing with a band. I want to show people that poetry can go a long way and that any artist can be able to work with a poet.“I want people to take poetry seriously and see that we as poets we can do more than just reciting a poem alone on stage. This show will also give other poets and artists in the city a chance to showcase their talents. “Our city has a lot of talent; it’s just that people don’t get enough opportunities to showcase them.” Zuma said she plans on making this show an annual event and not just only in Pietermaritzburg but in other areas across KZN. “My wish is to collaborate with other artists from outside Pietermaritzburg. That will also give me an opportunity to showcase my talent outside of the city and be able to make it known throughout the country.”Zuma will be collaborating with a well-known jazz artist, Nomalanga Hlubi.Tickets to the show are R100 per person and R180 per couple.Tickets will be available at Bessie Head Library from next week or contact Zuma directly on 076 634 2059.