Spoken word sessions inspire

2016-10-27 13:13
Gail van Breda at an Etymotic Mondays session in Wetton.

Gail van Breda at an Etymotic Mondays session in Wetton. (Gary van Dyk)

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The spoken word is made special with Etymotic Mondays in Wetton.

The Blue Chip Restaurant hosts poets, rappers and musicians for artistic collaboration and spoken word expression sessions on Mondays from 19:30.

Writer and poet Gail van Breda from Wynberg is the driving force behind this initiative. She identified the need for such a session after she published her anthology of poetry.

“Etymotic (et-im-oh-tik) means true to the ear,” she says.

“It is a ‘new ancient Greek word’ coined in 1975 by a classics professor at Loyola University. We have teamed up with the US-based company, Etymotic Research, which has since donated products towards our event to raise funds for the platform.”

She points out that while these events give the audience the chance to silence the noise of life and be inspired through the arts it is also a great opportunity for the artists to network.

“The backbone for the evening is poetry but it is evolving into exciting collaborations every week,” she says.

“All art forms are taking place with participants and audiences coming from across the peninsula.

“These talents are coming from Hanover Park, Manenberg, Mitchell’s Plain, Strandfontein, Langa, Kuils River, Observatory, Century City, Kenilworth, Plumstead, Grassy Park and more.

“It has been amazing to realise that these talents who have a story to tell are excited to meet their peers and these connections are leading to collaborations in various communities.

“Now some of these collaborations are taking it further with plans to work on films, concerts and recordings to share the sounds and thoughts with the world.”

Gail adds her interest is motivating at-risk youth from disadvantaged areas.

“We hear so much about the crime and negativity from these areas but there are gems hidden in these communities who can find healing through their poetry and rapping.

“These are the talents who can use their words and ideas to inspire those around them to look beyond the evils that surround them and show the world that there is light in all darkness.”

The Blue Chip Restaurant is at 140 Wetton Road, opposite the Caltex garage. A donation of R40 is welcomed.

On Monday 31 October the guests include Siphokazi Jonas, Jitsenic (Jitvinger Quinton Goliath) and Julian Wenn.

For more information call Gail van Breda on 072 409 0724.

The partnership of Jessica Erasmus and Gaylin Barnes, from Hanover Park share their words of empowerment at the Etymotic Monday.

Combining the power of words and song at the Etymotic Monday is Lance Xavior from Mitchell’s Plain.

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