The past month saw Poetic Thursdays & Jacana media partner to launch the 2018 edition of the annual Sol Plaatjie EU poetry anthology at Soweto Theatre with an extensive line up of poetry , October will be an equally if not more amazing enticing line up.
This month’s show kicks off at 8pm on the 25th October featuring Kgafela oa Mogogodi, Afurakan, Mthunzikazi, Grace Zwane and Tubatsi Moloi as a musical guest.
Afurakan is CEO at Word N Sound, a renowned and well-travelled poet; almost inseparable from the Joburg poetry scene. His career stretches over some years, and he has appeared on media platforms such as Channel O, ETV and at the opening the 2010 World cup. Currently Afurakan is working on a series called “The broken series” with hard hitting work that asks South African men to reflect and introspect.
Grace Zwane is founder at Youth Speaks a performance art organization that provides youth with the necessary tools of public speaking and also helping them perform and excel in theatre related work. In her short spanning career she has worked with the likes of Ntsiki Mazwai and headlined Mzansi Insider. Grace was on the inaugural Poetic Thursday’s line up that performed to a sold out Yellow theatre at Soweto Theatre.
Mthunzikazi is a seasoned writer that has headlined poetry festivals throughout South Africa, hailing from the Eastern Cape she deliberately writes in Xhosa and says it empowers her and her people. Her name has been on the roster of the likes of Abantu book festival, Word N Sound Festival, Grahamstown festival, Poetry Africa, and Durban Literature festival. She has just released her second poetry collection called Umnikelo which directly translates to offering which promises to be a game changer for the SA poetry scene.
Tubatsi Moloi is lead vocalist of the South African folk band Urban Village. A vocalist second to none with performances that hypnotize and inspire. Tubatsi headlines the likes of Basha Uhuru, Soweto Wine Festival and the Hugh Masekela annual festival among others. His solo work is much to be explored and desired with hyperactive and engaging theatrics and vocals to match.
Kgafela oa Mogogodi ,known as a Kwai-Jazz poet is the Spoken Word Theatre Director, film scholar and academic based in the Wits School of Dramatic Arts where he is a part-time lecturer in African Cinema and Oral Performance and Rap poetry Studies.