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Last year was a defining year for Poetic Thursdays at the Soweto Theatre – as a creative brand and poetry platform it achieved one milestone after another. Partnering with Soweto Theatre, the programme showcased in Johannesburg and the country at large. It has exhibited the foremost spoken word artists, vocalists and instrumentalists.
In a short space of time, this poetry and music brand has proven to be a reliable experience for the arts-loving community, putting up performance after performance and each time outdoing itself.
The first showcase of 2018 will take place on 22 February featuring Mandi Vundla; editor of ‘Home is where the mic is’ – a 2-time Word N Sound Queen of the mic, founder and host at Soweto Poetry workshops. Mandi has writing second to none. She seemingly owns an endless river of words to drink from and this is vindicated by her unfolding career and every new poem that she releases.
Wazi Kunene is known from poetry platforms such as Ram Jam at the SABC Auckland Park studios and as host at Nikki’s Oasis for ‘Cuddle Sessions’. She will be presenting works from her newly published EP, Deluge in Swarga, which she has been promoting across venues in the CBD.
Music engineering graduate G soul picked up the saxophone in his teens. He has performed at many musical festivals and in many ensembles. He is currently on tour with legendary SA punk band ‘Blk Jks’ and is a recognisable face from his days with afropsychodelic band Sun Xa while enrolled at the University of Pretoria to further his studies in Jazz Music.
Closing the line-up is the lady we have come to know as Queen Ntsiki Mazwai, a name for poetry in SA for as long as we can collectively remember. Ntsiki’s greatest influence is her rooted and very expressive family. She will be highlighting works from her third studio-recorded album ‘Masterpiece’ with the single ‘Abanandaba’causing flames on social media.
Tickets can be purchased for R30 at the Theatre/ online: https://www.sowetotheatre.com/poetic-thursdays-info For more info about the programme please call Kgotso Motaung on 083 382 2246.