Poet Profile: Modise Sekgothe

Quaz | December 11th, 2017 | poet profile | No Comments

Modise Sekgothe is multi-award winning spoken-word artist, actor, playwright, vocalist and percussionist. His work has been published in Home Is Where The Mic Is, a performance poetry anthology by Botsotso Publishers. He is an international slam champion, as the winner of the 2016 Spoken Slam poetry competition in Washington DC. He is the first ever winner of the Word N Sound Innovation in Poetry Award 2015 and 2016, also the winner of the WNS Showcase of the Year Award 2014 and 2015, as well as the WNS Perfect Poem Award 2015. He recently released a highly acclaimed poetry and music EP called DIPOKO tsa DIPOKO. Modise has performed across many festival stages such as Split This Rock Poetry Festival (Washington DC), Melville Poetry Festival, aFREWKa Poetry Festival, Speak Out Loud Festival, Spoken Freedom Festival and Grahamstown National Arts Festival, to mention a few.

Some of his best works include an award-winning multi-media collaborative project called Metropolar, with musician and visual artist, Jotam Schoeman, a marriage of spoken-word poetry, music and animation, exploring the contrasting realities of life in the Johannesburg CBD. He’s also the creator of the award-winning multi-media project called Meera Me, with videographer/photographer Nhlakanipho Nhlapo , a performance piece that merges documentary and live performance through music and spoken word poetry to explore the multi-layered issues of love and relationship. Modise is one part of Children of the Wind, a poetry and music duo, musician and poet, Itai Hakim. As a multi-disciplinary artist, his main aim is to collaborate with artists of other disciplines aside from poetry in order to explore the many ways in which the word can be interpreted and experienced in multi-layered contexts.

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