This year’s Drama For Life performance poetry challenge had the theme – “lover + another”
As in the past years, the poets came from all over South Africa.
The show was fun, even the MC-ing done by Jeff Tshabalala was a performance. Donald ‘Neosapien’ Mogale opened up the show with a loving poem that had the sister’s oohing and fingers snapping in appreciation.
The 12 finalists presented amazing poems but in the End there could on be one winner. Before we get there, these were the finalists:
- Nosipho Gumede (GP)
- Mzamo Selby Dlamini (KZN)
- Vuyelwa Maluleke (GP)
- Tumiso Praise Marebane (KZN)
- Gcobisa Sihle’sam Maholwa (EC)
- Charles Njabulo Gumede (KZN)
- Thembisile Molaba (KZN)
- Innocent Sibusiso Mzamo Khoza (EC)
- Coco Putuma (WC)
- Manaledi Mapena (KZN)
- Mbongeni Nomkhonwana (WC)
- Nqobile Ngcobo (KZN)
Each of the poets had their own way of doing things. Nosipho likes to use props in her performance, while Mzamo loves to involve the audience in his piece and relied heavily on “end of the line” rhyme. While most of the poets performed in english, Mzamo performed in isiZulu and Nqobile cleverly used both English and isiZulu.
Unfortunately, while I don’t remember clearly disliking any of the poems I heard, some of the poets were rather forgettable.
The judges were Warren Leaby , Khosi Xaba, Karabo Kgoleng (lit sunday on safm, books editor at city press), Afurakan.
The poets that moved on to the second round were
WINNER: Nosipho Gumede
1st RUNNER UP: Mzamo Dlamini
2nd RUNNER UP: Nqobile Ngcobo