Afro Po­etry to host launch show

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

PO­ETRY group, Afro Po­etry, will per­form in a Valen­tine’s Day eve show at Vic­tory Restau­rant in Moshoeshoe II.

Dubbed “Pre-valen­tine’s Day Launch”, the show is also meant to re­vive the po­etry scene which has been on the de­cline due to lim­ited plat­forms. Afro Po­etry was formed in 2014 and con­sists of Thapelo “Polly” Mako­toko, Mahlo­mola Thulo, Nku­l­uleko Tahlei, Mpho Leteka, Napo Bal­ima, Tsep­ang Masenkane and Tlho- hon­olo­fatso Lepheane.

Mako­toko told the Week­ender this week that the event would be the “first step” to­wards re­viv­ing the po­etry scene.

“We are an as­so­ci­a­tion of writ­ers and per­form­ers, and our goal is to pub­lish as many books as pos­si­ble and hold events that will in­crease the plat­forms for po­etry to the youth around the coun­try,” he said.

“Our goal is to make Le­sotho’s po­etry sphere big­ger and for the coun­try to be­come the epi­cen­tre of po­etry in Africa. We want to bring back the lost po­etry vibe we used to have.”

He said the lim­ited per­form­ing plat­forms had de­mor­alised po­ets.

“Truly speak­ing, plat­forms for po­etry have be­come scarce in the coun­try, and it has de­stroyed the morale of speak­ers and writ­ers. How­ever, po­etry is the spo­ken word that passes dif­fer­ent mes­sages and there­fore can­not die,” said Mako­toko.

“This event is only an in­tro­duc­tion to four epic events that we are plan­ning to have dur­ing Easter, win­ter, In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions and the last show in De­cem- ber.

“While our fo­cus this year will be on per­form­ing in Maseru, we in­tend to foray into all the dis­tricts of the coun­try next year.

“We are also plan­ning to have high school po­etry events which will help us nur­ture raw tal­ent which would oth­er­wise not get the plat­form.”

The show will also fea­ture per­for­mances from Mpho Se­fali, Ac­capella Mo­ment, Kot In­ferno, Mhu­jestik Thamae and MC Kesh among oth­ers.

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