Poetic Thursdays have seen the Soweto theatre open doors to hundreds of aspiring and established poets and musicians alike. The platform is critical to the poetry scene in the country and can be rated as amongst the best the country has to offer.
This month’s line-up on Thursday, July 25, features 3 highly valued poetry entities and a musical guest as is usual. This show will be show number 1 for the 3rd year with an array of performances to follow thereafter.
Shibombi Baloyi is a writer, entrepreneur and publisher who studied drama at the Market Theatre laboratory, Filmmaking at the Virginia Community College and Business with St Rose College in Albany.
Some of the stages throughout the world that have welcomed Shibombi include Johannesburg, Pretoria, Makahanda, and the USA. A published poet; she features in ‘Tapping into poetry” a South African anthology and comes highly rated as one of top 7 contestants in The Tshwane speak out loud national poetry competition.
Born Kgotso Motaung in Soweto, Poetic Justice is a 28-year-old self-taught writer and performer that the South African poetry scene has come to love. Since coming onto the scene in the early to mid-2000s through such platforms as Word N Sound, Likwid Tongue, Rhythm and Poetry and others he has gone on to be the founder of Poetic Thursdays and self-publishing two poetry Eps Just Poetry(2015) and The Love Ep (2016).In 2016 he made it onto the 100 South African poets to look out for as compiled by Word N Sound.
Thabo Kolo is a South African performer and spoken word artist. The Sensei is the co-founder of Lentswe Africa Ltd. a South African privately-owned creative house and digital hub positioned to provide a range of arts and craft solutions.
The company’s strongest inclinations lean towards poetry, music (of all forms, styles and genres) and writing/editing.
Thabo’s prolific writing stretches back to the start of the mid millennium and has earned him voice recognition as a narrator for The Co-op UK community television ad, and Lead poet at the Annual 2017 Cape Town Star awards.
He intends to escalate his career in art and break out of the underground scene which has limited many of the world’s talented artists to an often beautiful but always a limited audience.
Lerato Lichaba is a self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger and all-round conceptualist. He is the founder and bandleader of the prolific Soweto ensemble, Urban Village. His music style is inspired by his life experiences and how different cultures and traditions blend in the language of his music. Lerato’s latest music project, Corners of Forgotten Theories (COFT), aims to create a new musical language that will take listeners to a forgotten yet familiar place. He recently released his single, Corners of Forgotten Theories, available on all digital platforms.