Arts, culture and poetry to end heritage month

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Every last Thursday of the month, Poetic Thursdays curates poets, authors and live music at the Soweto Theatre.

Uxolo
Uxolo

September is South Africa’s heritage month and, in line with this, Poetic Thursdays will headline artists from across the country to commemorate this special month.

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Vuyokazi Ngemntu is a facilitator, writer and traditional bead-work maker hailing from the Easter Cape. The published author has graced many concerts and festivals across the country such as the National Arts Festival and the Eastern Cape Book Festival among others. Vuyokazi is defined by her epic style of writing which puts her right up the list of the best writers in the country and her delivery is testament to her experience, as she has performed for over a decade now. The renowned performer taps into her ancestral roots and voices a very traditionally grounded perspective.

Solly Ramatswi is a Word N Sound awarded Poet and since coming onto the scene has won notable accolades. The writer has competed in many national Slams and come out as the winner quite a few times; he has the knack for winning. The young author hails from Hammanskraal in Pretoria and has been flirting with the SA poetry scene for a while now. In the past few years he has seen his name mentioned in some of the most cut-throat poetry competitions. He represents a new breed of fresh new writers taking the poetry scene by storm, breathing much needed air into the lungs of the live literature space. His latest showcase taps into the relationship between poetry and contemporary dance.

Belita Andre is co-editor and author of South Africa’s first poetry anthology/colouring book ‘colour me melanine’. The recently released book is directed at bringing confidence to the black woman and to communicate her stance in the South African diaspora at large. It has been well received since its release. Belita is well known in most of the reputed Joburg poetry shows.

Uxolo is a two-piece band from Soweto formerly known as “Sorry the band”. The band features renowned multi-instrumentalist and beatboxer Napotro alongside a vocalist who uses mostly African chants and a classic sounding approach to the vocal delivery. The duo has been performing together over the past few years in venues across Johannesburg and have had to re-brand to ensure that they reach their target market. Uxolo has headlined some of the more reputable music platforms in Soweto like Sawubona Music Jam, Soweto art and craft fair and the like.

This show kicks off at 20:00 at Soweto theatre on Thursday, 26 September and tickets are R30 via www.sowetotheatre.com and R50 at the door.

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