Grand slam for Africa

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There’s a riv­et­ing line-up at the 18th Po­etry Africa fes­ti­val in Dur­ban this year.

The event is look­ing fiercely po­lit­i­cal, strongly fem­i­nist and grate­fully Pan-African. If youthought­the­formwa­sout­moded and dull, get down to the El­iz­a­beth Sned­don The­atre and pre­pare to eat your words.

There’s a hugely di­verse range of styles on of­fer by 24 po­ets from 13 coun­tries. #Trend­ing’s picks?

Igues­soneshouldn’tmiss US head­liner Buddy Wake­field, world-fa­mous­s­lam­poet. It’s go­ing to be fas­ci­nat­ing to see Thuli Zuma on home turf in a fiercely po­lit­i­cal ses­sion. She’s Num­ber 1’s daugh­ter and dad will no doubt be the tar­get of barbed words.

Nige­rian ac­tivist AJ Dagga To­lar will be sure to burn down the house.

Mozam­bique’s Féling Capela makes beau­ti­ful ac­com­pa­ny­ing sounds on mul­ti­ple in­stru­ments.

Kenya’s Raya Wam­bui is de­li­ciously po­lit­i­cal.


Po­etry Africa runs in Dur­ban from Oc­to­ber 13 to 17 at the El­iz­a­beth Sned­don The­atre.tre. The fes­ti­val fi­nale will be

at the at River­town Beer­hall on Oc­to­ber 18

– Charl

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