“When you tell a story of a human experience, truthfully, all that is human will respond to it, somehow.” – Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile
In a country that is so racially polarised, and understandably so, we sometimes forget that we are all human. In conversation through poetry and music, four young South African women tell individual stories from a place of human, in hope that other humans will be touched enough to consider healing and compassion.
Artists: Vangi Gantsho, Hannah Foster, Mthunzikazi “Nolali Wase Cala”, Sarah Godsell
Venue: Afrikan Freedom Station, 41 5th Ave, Westdene, Johannesburg
Date: 14 August 2014
Vangi is a girl who couldn’t sleep
Then one day was told she was deep
The family thought she was crazy
Coz her visions for Africa were spacey.
Now, her scribblings they all want to keep!
Hannah Foster is a formidably talented songwriter, vocalist and performer. As a Jazz Vocalist who studied at the Tshwane University of Technology, Hannah is able to perform varied styles which reflect in her music such as Soul, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Rock, Folk and sensible Pop. She has been performing her music all around the country for the last 5 years and shared stages with many local music icons such as Lira, Judith Sephuma and Jesse Clegg. Hannah recently released her first album titled “Ode To Time” which is available on iTunes and soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/hanbanan-foster .
Mthunzikazi Mbungwana, also known as “Nolali Wase Cala”, is a poet and a social commentator from a small village in Upper Indwana, former Transkei. Her inspiration lies in cultural activism and a need to better the lives of the people in the forgotten areas, formerly known as the homelands. Through her poetry, Nolali promotes, embraces and celebrates cultural diversity and seeks to use art as part of the solution. She believes that the role of the poet is to provide a mirror for society.
Sarah Godsell is a poet and a historian who grew up in Joburg, and has a deep love for this city. She began performing in 2009, when she performed at Poetry Delight and co-hosted the music & poetry evenings Freshly Sliced. She has performed at a variety of shows from the intimate women’s evening The Kats Cum out to Play to the Radio Today poetry series Poetry in the Air. Her love of the city extends into a deep love of the country and an unshakeable love of people. Combined with her academic efforts to understand and untangle our complex history and present, this love is reflected in her poetry.