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This platform has seen the Soweto Theatre open doors to hundreds of aspiring and established poets from all corners of the country and all walks of life.
The open mic is highly rated and esteemed, critiqued by art journals like Joburg Post – Its essence lies in giving an opportunity to first-time performers, or younger poets that do not have the experience of performing in a professional setting.
The headline section follows featuring some of SA’s best poetry talent, showcasing the core of poetry books, collections, albums and productions coming out of South Africa.
This month sees Louis Da XVI feature as guest DJ, the popular selector has most recently been called back to headline MTV’s guest DJ slot. Louis has been resident DJ at multiple venues across Johannesburg, the ‘go to’ DJ for hip hop for many restaurants, bars and pubs. His selection and style of mixing and ear for good music sets him apart, he seems to know what the people prefer and effortlessly rises to the top of the chain. An all-around creative with qualifications in advertising, he also dabbles in photography and modelling.
Moafrika Mokgathi is a Pretoria-born and raised published poet whose star is rising. A Jazz fundi, Moafrika is amongst the lucky few poets who got the chance to headline Jazz at the Orbit. She has worked with many budding jazz artists. She prefers to remain in the Jazz poet lane when many opt for slam poetry delivery, her writing is defined by her strong cultural roots. She also hosts a Jazz themed show for Transafrica radio while being amongst the executives of “hear my voice”, Pretoria’s premium poetry space. She is at the peak of her career with both her voice and writing maturing which makes for an interesting act.
Natalia Molebatsi is a South African poetry darling and pioneer in her own right. Natalia is one of the writers on whom the younger writers structure their career, she is also a bridge between the writers of her generation and those that came before, such as Bra Don Mattera, Myeisha Jenkins and the like. Her performance technique is top tier and has been awarded. Natalia has been MC at many shows throughout the continent and headlined festivals throughout the world.
Our musical guest is Zimbabwean-born Farai Machingambi, an entrepreneur, instrument maker and player. Farai makes different sizes of mbiras and marimbas and also composes music.
He most recently featured on Ntsiki Mazwai’s launch of her album, the Masterpiece, and has played with many established artists in his 15-year music journey. His village-like style of music and delivery is bare and natural, very simplified, a mixture of chants and singing in his native Shona. Fara is currently studying towards his degree in music while facilitating music at African Leadership College.
The show kicks off at 20:00 on 28 February.
Please contact Kgotso on firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.