A de­li­cious decade of the spo­ken word

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The Speak The Mind Po­etry and Mu­sic Ses­sions, dubbed Jozi’s favourite spo­ken-word fes­ti­val, are back for 2015 – and this year, this pop­u­lar live literature and mu­sic event will celebrate its 10th an­niver­sary on Septem­ber 18 and 19.

Re­mark­ing on the mile­stone, founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor Langa Man­cunga says: “The vi­sion was to cre­ate a per­ma­nent plat­form for opin­ion­ated artists across the board through an an­nu­ally re­peat­able pre­mium show­case. Johannesburg’s di­verse ur­ban sub­cul­ture was the drive and in­spi­ra­tion for the es­tab­lish­ment of the first Speak The Mind edi­tion.

“At the time, there was a no­tice­able demise of con­sis­tently ac­tive po­etry events and plat­forms in the city.”

The likes of Dr Mon­gane Wally Serote, Lebo Mashile, Mutabaruka and the late Chi­won­iso Maraire have been a part of the fes­ti­val’s decade-long jour­ney.

The 2015 pro­gramme runs over two days at two venues. Day one is ded­i­cated to work­shops with the po­ets at the Ban­nis­ter Ho­tel in Braam­fontein, and day two hap­pens at Bassline in New­town.

This year’s of­fer­ing in­cludes Tony Award- and Emmy Award-win­ning Black Ice from At­lanta, US; iconic sculp­tor and poet Pro­fes­sor Pi­tika Ntuli; Nomsa Mazwai, AKA Nomisu­pasta; singer Kabomo; Kyle Louw; Qhibo In­talek­tual from Swaziland; Afro Twist; The Muffinz fea­tur­ing maskandi liv­ing leg­end Madala Kunene; and Themba Lu­nacy. Tick­ets R100 at com­puticket.com,

or R150 at the door


Singer Kabomo (left) and Tony Awar­dand Emmy Award-win­ning Black Ice from At­lanta, US, are part of the line-up for the 10th edi­tion of the spo­ken-word fes­ti­val


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