SA, Le­sotho to share stage at po­etry show

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

RENOWNED South African poet, Pho­molo “Flex” Sekamotho ( pic­tured), will on Satur­day per­form at Vic­tory Restau­rant in Moshoeshoe II in a show also fea­tur­ing Le­sotho’s Ver­bal Reigns.

Flex re­cites verses with the back­ing of his He & I band in a style some­what akin to hip-hop. How­ever, the Welkom-based lyri­cist de­scribes his craft as per­for­mance po­etry.

In an in­ter­view this week with the Week­ender, Flex said the group’s style was a “jour­ney of po­etry through a maze of mu­sic”, adding the band com­prised of a drum­mer, acous­tic and bass gui­tarists, a pi­anist and back­ing vo­cal­ist.

“I can de­scribe our art as po­etry in threads of har­mony or jour­ney of po­etry through a maze of mu­sic, with the band serv­ing the role of com­ple­ment­ing the spo­ken word,” he said.

“Rap is an ex­ten­sion of po­etry and they are both forms of ex­pres­sion. I don’t think there is a vast dis­tinc­tion be­tween the two. I am a poet who re­cites or raps de­pend­ing on how I wish to con­vey a par­tic­u­lar mes­sage.”

Flex said he fell in love with Le­sotho dur­ing his first visit in 2014, adding that he was al­ways keen to re­turn since then.

“I per­formed in Le­sotho for the first time in 2014 at the Word­lin­ers po­etry event. I fell in love with Le­sotho’s po­etry scene which is teem­ing with young and cre­ative writ­ers. That is why I was ea­ger to come back and have my own show,” he said.

“I had an op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with a lot of young cre­ative writ­ers from the Moun­tain King­dom from whom I have learned a lot.

“In the long run, I hope to fa­cil­i­tate work­shops that foster the ex­change of ideas be­tween po­ets from the two coun­tries since it is a ve­hi­cle for so­cial change.”

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