Benchmarking South African Poetry at Soweto Theatre


On every last Thursday of the month, spoken-word poetry is celebrated at Soweto theatre under the umbrella Poetic Thursdays. Poetic Thursdays celebrates poetry in its various forms as a tool of expression packed with emotional content and gives a platform to established and upcoming poets to showcase their work. It features an open mic slot, guest DJs, live music and exhibitions by some of the most gifted artists in the country. The event is hosted by renowned Poet and writer, Poetic Justice and this month’s event falls on the 31st October and headlines artists from all corners of the country and from all walks of life.

Makhafula Vilakazi
Makhafula Vilakazi

Makhafula Vilakazi’s poetry is black at the centre, a fusion of Tsotsitaal, English, Zulu and Sotho, an uncompromising depiction of township life, exploring issues which affect his community such as HIV and AIDS, unemployment and crime. He calls it ‘Kasie Poetry’, Makhafula Vilakazi says his writing is influenced and inspired by the striking similarities of life’s contrasts.

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”Makhafula Vilakazi’s dedication to the upliftment of Black people is evident in his poetry. He does not shy away from pointing out the rot but also reminds us that healing and all its processes are our own responsibility. His most recent showcase ‘Concerning Blacks’ has gotten many tongues wagging and has lead to another showcase “Mandela is dead” which premieres this October.

Sello Chokoe
Sello Chokoe

Poet Sello Chokoe says to him, poetry is simply an expression of life as it happens.

Having had an interest in writing and reading poetry since he was very young, Chokoe only started writing in 2010 after spending every spare minute he could reading poetry and listening to poetry recitals. He felt it was easy to enter into as there are no barriers to entry and since then he has made a name for himself on platforms like Word N Sound, World of Words and the like. The striking persona is ever-present in Joburg poetry slams and is creating quite a reputation for himself.

EntshoPhuthi Lephasa Tsopia
EntshoPhuthi Lephasa Tsopia

EntshoPhuthi Lephasa Tsopia is a Sotho Author and Publisher. The Lesotho born poet says it’s important to keep writing in our home languages as it does not only serve as national pride but it’s also how we return to our roots. His recently published collection ‘Dithoko tsa sesotho” explores current affairs both in his home land of Lesotho and South Africa and has made quite the mark on the publishing industry and continues to soar.

The show kicks off at 8pm, tickets cost R30 and can be purchased online ,via web tickets, at Pic n Pay stores, at Soweto theatre or for R50 at the door. For more information contact,


Kgotso Motaung

Cell: 083 382 2246


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