SA, lo­cal po­ets to share stage

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela Mo­halenya­nenyane Phakela

LO­CAL po-po­ets are set­set to share thehe stage with their Southuth African coun­ter­parts to-mor­row in a show meant to tackle the is­sues af­fect­ing the youth.

Dubbed Poetryx­change, the event will be held at Cin­ema 1 at Pi­o­neer Mall in Maseru and is be­ing held in June since it is re­garded as youth month.

Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­iser, Mpho Se­fali, the theme for the show, “Young, Free and Cre­ative”, is meant to foster in­ter­ac­tion be­tween lo­cal and South African youths by ad­dress­ing com­mon chal­lenges through po­etry.

“June 16 was de­clared as the Day of the African Child by the African Union and is also re­garded as Youth Day in South Africa, so as lo­cal and South African po­ets, we will celebrate the young gen­er­a­tion with a night of po­etry,” said Se­fali who is also a poet.

“Hence­forth we will hold the event on an an­nual ba­sis since the youth are voice­less es­pe­cially in the arts sec­tor. It seems only those youths in pol­i­tics have an in­flu­ence in gov­ern­ment.”

She added that the sta­tus quo tended to re­ward peo­ple be­cause of their age rather than their com­pe­tence, giv­ing the ex­am­ple of books writ­ten by young peo­ple not be­ing con­sid­ered for school cur­ricu­lums.

“We have in­vited gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who are di­rectly in charge of the de­vel­op­ment of the youth and pri­vate sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives to hear our con­cerns,” Se­fali said.

Po­ets from South Africa will in­clude Jahrose ( pic­tured) , Hec­tor Kunene, Char­maine Mr­webi and Siza Nkosi. Dupz Stoic, Mr Words, Afropo­etry, Nthatuoa and Mpho Se­fali will be among the lo­cal word­smiths.

Jahrose and Kunene have pre­vi­ously per­formed in Le­sotho at dif­fer­ent po­etry ses­sions.

The Bloem­fontein-based Nthabiseng “Jahrose” Jafta is the lady be­hind the suc­cess of MACUFE Poe­tree Fes­ti­val. She is not only a poet but a men­tor and pub­lisher.

Jahrose has three an­tholo­gies to her name; Rooted from the Heart, Free State of Mind and the re­cently re­leased Peotree.

Bloem­fontein-based Kunene has per­formed at nu­mer­ous Po­etry is Alive shows. Since he started po­etry at the age of 16 in 1997, his unique and tra­di­tional style laced with in­spi­ra­tional spir­i­tual mes­sages has en­deared him to po­etry lovers.

Tlali “Mr Maps” Mapetla.

co­me­dian MSL Relo.

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