Experience SA’s best poetry talent, showcasing the core of poetry books, collections, albums and productions coming out of South Africa on Thursday, May 30. The headline section involves time-honoured performing artists such as South African poetry darling Mak Manaka, who returns to Poetic Thursdays having last headlined ‘I Love Soweto’ in partnership with Soweto Arts and Craft Fair in December last year.
Mak is as Soweto poetry as the words “Soweto poetry”. Raised by pan Africanists parents, he knows to be proudly African as a way of life, which explains why Soweto’s foremost poetry and live music platform would book him for their Africa Month edition. The ‘flowers of a broken smile’ author have been touring the country with performances across venues in all the provinces.
Webster Chagonda is a founder and manager at spilt milk poetry and a name easily associated with the Joburg poetry scene. Webster is a 10-year performance veteran who takes pride in his Zambian roots and has been exemplary of what youth across the continent can achieve. Webster is MC at split milk poetry every other week in Melville and is in line with releasing their merchandise late this year.
Pg 13 is a seven-piece band from Tembisa that taps into South African folk and poetry. The band is led by two powerful vocalists who interchange between song and spoken word. Pg 13 covers South African classics and has been working together since 2015. They have headlined many musical concerts and festivals across South Africa.
Although the main acts are the centre, the open mic is equally important, highly rated and 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.