Five years of power poetry in Soweto

Amnesty the storyteller
Amnesty the storyteller

This month Poetic Thursdays is celebrating its 5th birthday and its first anniversary as a partner of Soweto Theatre.

From video releases, dialogues, poetry productions, guest DJs, action painting, live vocalists and musicians, it’s been an experimental year, leaving audiences guessing to what is coming at the last Thursday of each month in Soweto.

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The 26th of July will be a special evening that will headline Amnesty the storyteller; well known for her articulation and ability to dig into her roots and heritage to bring about stories to life. Her art aspires to narrate the common issues faced by young South African identities which till today need to be addressed. Having worked with the likes of Bra Hugh and legendary director James Ngcobo, she recently performed at the AU Summit for dignitaries from all over the continent, her EP “in the name of art” has her fans hungry for more. Amnesty collaborates with AFDA and UJ frequently and will be premiering her new video Spirit Chasers.

To complement the ambience, an act of equal class, Tribal Punq, returns to the Poetic Thursday’s stage after giving a hair-raising performance at a sold-out show last year. The female twosome has been consistent with performances at Sawubona Music Jam and Soweto Art week and are now on their way to the Spring Festival in Magalies this September. Formed by a 2-vocalist musical act, they seek to reconnect Tribal punk to the SA music scene as a genre that can teach identity and human values.

Slam Poetry is a style of poetry synonymous with the urban youth defined by its very emotive and hyperactive delivery and mostly performed at poetry competitions. 28-year-old Menzi Radebe aka “Slam” hails from Orlando and is known for his writing and performing since his high school days. Slam is inseparable from the Soweto Poetry scene, standing as a shining example of what the literature scene can aspire to.

Combarz Frican Deep takes us home with afro psychedelic funk of the ages. Combarz is at the heart of one of Joburg’s favourite markets, Seven Color Sunday’s as a resident selector and is one half of Frican Deep, a deep tech DJ and production duo with long-time friend DJ Schots.

Host: Thando Buthelezi.
Performance date: 26 July at 20:00.
Tickets are R30 at

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