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This month’s show is in line with women’s month in South Africa and will headline poets and musical guests that celebrate the beauty and endurance of women.
Poetic Thursdays has made it easier for the literature and live performance lover within the Soweto and greater Joburg area to connect with their heroes and the poetry products coming out of South Africa at large. With over 25 shows at the Soweto Theatre, this platform has seen over 100 showcases by some of the country’s most highly commended artists and has seen some international guests too.
The open mic which has become the ‘school of excellence’ so to speak for younger and inexperienced poets kicks off the live performances following a welcome mix by resident DJ Combars Frican Deep leading into the headline section.
Mandi Vundla is a Soweto born writer with her roots in Kwa Zulu Natal who has co-edited ‘home is where the mic is’ a South African poetry anthology seeking to reshape the performance poetry and literature space post 94 and has actively participated in the SA poetry scene for the past 7 years plus even being crowned the 2 times queen of the mic. Mandi says her narrative is that of a young black woman who sees the world from where she is, she has had the opportunity to represent South Africa at festivals like the Zimbabwe international poetry fest and is the founder of Soweto poetry workshops which seeks to continue the legacy of great writers in Soweto as is historical.
28-year-old Nomthandazo Ngwetsheni was born and raised in Eastern Cape and has always had a love for music. Early on in her life a tragic incident involving her family members led to her pursuing music professionally and even more persistently. Nomty, as she is known, has worked with many ensembles as a vocalist and has released a few music singles in her name and has also worked with a reputable afro-pop label over the past few years headlining a lot of shows in and around Johannesburg with the intent of breaking into the market. Nomty is quite the writer and composer and this made her a fave for a musical guest!
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 and has worked with the bulk of South African 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 which she does not shy away from. She is also fortunate to host a Jazz themed show for Transafrica radio whilst also 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 and this is realised through her debut poetry collection which was recently published in the name of “My tongue is a rainbow”.
David D Horn Moagi a multi-instrumentalist and sessionist who is well known in the Joburg music scene having been a familiar face in many ensembles throughout the years. With a neck for different genres ranging from gospel to neo-soul and jazz, D Horn as he is affectionately known has mastered his own unique sound in a market where it is hard to define oneself and has gone on to passionately pursue his music passion. D horns skills range from composing, arranging and even vocal abilities, he keeps his performances fresh by collaborating with fellow instrumentalists and musicians in the Johannesburg live music scene.
The show kicks off at 20:00 on 29 August at the aesthetically exquisite Soweto theatre hosted by Poetic Justice and Mbalemnyama, a renowned visual artist and entrepreneur.