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Q&A: Makhafula Vilakazi

"Makhafula Vilakazi's poetry is a fusion of Tsotsitaal, English, Zulu and Sotho interspersed into an uncompromising depiction of township life, exploring issues which affect his community such as HIV and AIDS, unemployment and crime. An exponent of a genre which he calls ‘Kasie Poetry’, Makhafula Vilakazi says his...

Poetry Seen: Makhafula Vilakazi – Concerning Blacks

In his first solo show in five years, Makhafula Vilakazi has curated an expression of the quotidian blended with the ideological that concerns blackness in the settler republic. It is a complex mourning and rebellion that places the onus on...

Album Review: Umkhondo by Poet Sabelo Soko

Zulu Poet Sabelo Soko returns with Umkhondo, his debut album after his EP in 2014.That the first album of 2017, reflecting the spread of the gloomy period in South Africa would come from a poet feels tremendously appropriate. This, as...

Full House at the first Spoken Freedom Festival

Word N Sound is responsible for reinvigorating the Jo’burg poetry scene with their monthly Open Mic League which is slam poetry competition running through out the year with a King or Queen of the Mic being “crowned” at the end...

Live Poetry Weekend Starts Tonight!

If you love and enjoy live poetry, then you are in for a treat. Remember we told you about Word N Sound announcing the Spoken Freedom Festival? Yes! Well it's here, it's on and the line up is on fire....