Poetic Thursdays headlines icons and veterans of the poetry and theatre space whilst equally shining the spotlight on the current faces of poetry. Since June 2017 Soweto theatre has partnered with Poetic Thursdays a local youth-led, monthly produced show and have since brought some much-needed fresh breath to the live performance scene in Soweto and Joburg at large.
The Poetic Thursday roster has seen such personas as the legendary author and poet Makhosazana Xaba, Swedish author and poet Isa Hirvonene, Word N Sound CEO Afurakan, playwright and poet Sabelo Soko, musician, poet and scholar Ntsiki Mazwai and award-winning writer, editor and performer Mandi Vundla to name a few.
On 27 June the poetry series will celebrate 2 years of being a partner at Soweto theatre and being the flagship poetry event in the South of Joburg. This month’s show coincides with the country’s commemoration of youth month and this means a show to remember.
This month’s line up is made up of young authors, musicians and performers that the Soweto live culture scene has come to love and take pride in.
Rabbie Wrote is an author, award-winning poet, multiple awards nominated journalist and former online editor at Saturday Star and Sunday Independent newspapers. The BA Communications Science Alumni from Unisa is also a columnist and is currently studying towards a post-grad certificate in education with Wits University. He is the author of “the black consciousness writer” and founding member of Joburg-based poetry collective Magnum Opus.
Shameless Band is a Soweto-based eclectic trio formed in 2018 by bandleader Musa Zwane (Lead Guitar and Vocal) Rock Ruler (Drum and Vocal) and Thabang Bass Marant (Bass and Vocals). The trios main focus was to give a fresh new sound to the scene that was authentic and was original and reflective of their true identity. The band calls their brand Nkabi Rock, a mixture of some heavy metal riffs with some Maskandi and a hint of Kwaito and some tribal chants. Their unique sound has seen them headline Soweto Arts and Craft Fair, Smoking Dragon Musical Festival and the Soweto Camp festival among others.
Molefe Smith Nong is one of the country’s most sought-after young voices and has been a name to reckon with since coming onto the scene. He is founder at Soweto Street Poetry, a series of poetry events in and around Soweto, and has also represented South Africa in Europe. Molefe is also part of a Joburg-based theatre collective that facilitates workshops and produces stage work. In 2016 he was runner up in the Off the Wall National Poetry Slam Tour.
Amukelani Malenda considers herself the simple girl next door who wants to share her voice and her story with the world. The songwriter, arranger and singer is known for her groovy up-tempo songs and also her mellow, intimate, soulful and pulling live sets. She says her sound is heavily influenced by another Soweto based bassist and vocalist Muzza. Most of her performances are available through her YouTube channel. Amukelani has headline such platforms as Sawubona Music Jam, Afro Bru and Soweto Arts and Craft alongside one of her icons Msaki.
Added to all of this is an open mic and DJ.