A delicious decade of the spoken word
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