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First, let me attempt to answer what a poet is. Khalil Gibran says that "A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm, arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland." So, I guess then poetry is the consequence of this unearthly excellence realised or rather excellence conceived, nurtured and birthed for all to bask in its "unearthly" glory. Living in a world that is filled with senseless terror, constantly we are bombarded with images that prove the ugliness of society. Yet beauty lies dormant unseen between the cracks of our madness. You see, this beauty, this unearthly excellence is everywhere - unseen by most. And beauty ñ another word hard to define - is never one thing; it is always a little bit of this and a bit of that; something like this but nothing like that. And while ordinary society trudges ahead in the rat race fighting for survival: too busy, too tired, too illiterate to stop to admire, take in, immerse itself in its own beauty there you will find the poet. The poet (sometimes dressed as a philosopher often looking like insanity personified) ponders lifeís loves and hates, takes too serious lifeís ills and pains. And in Gibranís words the poet goes unnoticed and unappreciated and with the body battered and wings bruised flies away back into the etherÖ Sepamla, Kunene, Sontonga, Motadinyane, Nxumalo... too many to remember or mention. It is with the need to recognise and cherish this "bird of unearthly excellence" before it disappears that I give you poetrypotion.com. In this first offering, I present poetry, a closer glimpse at poets, reviews of poetry events social commentary and a guide on where to find poetry. In Poetess, I spoke to Jessica Mbangeni - The Slamming Imbongi - I caught up with her the 10th Annual Poetry Africa in Johannesburg. At the same event, in Durban, I had the honour of meeting a real griot, Alhaji Papa Susso check out our chat also in Poetess. In Poetry inJustice, Briggs Bomba contemplates the SABCs censorship tactics and I discuss the lack of an Afrikan economy in Nigger What!? See our event reviews in Poetry Seen ñ believe me the standard is high ñ here we rate the potency of some of our recent poetry events and also let you know whatís happening in the future. And finally, sample some of my favourite poets work manifesting in the ever unearthly excellence of word and visual ñ in Poetry and Visual Poetry. I truly hope that you enjoy this first step and trust that you will not hesitate to offer your thoughts, (praises and criticisms), ideas and send in your poetry, photography and art. Soon Poetry Potion will also accept multimedia work but more on that later. "Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in the mirror. and you are the mirror." Khalil Gibran peace. But you are eternity
What is poetry?
The way they dressed is considered stylish and classically fashionable. Mandela. the Kangaroo. Virgin. Mandelas and Ngoyiís of this world.ikonikafrika What makes an Icon? Coca Cola. Red/Black/Green. for instance. . the Godfather. particularly those that are overlooked by popular history. the Panda. But what is an icon? A style icon. That old woman who feeds three hundred neighbourhood orphans. someone like Jackie Onassis or Princess Diana is considered a trendsetter when it comes to style. We have Eugene Tereblanche being nominated greatest South Afrikan right there next to Desmond Tutu! So. They are icons in one way or another. that young boy who saved lives should be celebrated right alongside the Nkrumahs. But what really makes an icon? In the infamous Greatest South Afrikan endeavour by the SABC we all quickly realised that what's great to one person is horrible to another. the Protea. Haile Selassie. Mona Lisa. etc. Whatyour answers and suggestions of makes you should be given iconic do you think who or what an icon? Send in status to we will publish these in the next month. What do you think? This page seeks to honour great Afrikans. etc. Blue jeans. the Jackson Five. while others may consider Haile Selassie an Afrikan icon others consider him a dictator.
lapped up like strawberry & cream power failures are the norm broken fingernails worked to the bone perhaps rent a retiring concord african women sold export double digit growth all round across permeable borders no borders. little progress pulling the rug from other africans' feet independence no longer sweet freedom still a pipedream porous borders policing people valiantly.featured poem afrika without borders version II hiding behind the skirts of victimization. no drama queens is afrika beyond redemption motho ke motho ka batho i am because you are umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu © nyakale mokgosi . all in vain an island of prosperity in a sea of poverty hope hanging by a thread like a broken record africans of all hues prowling 4 meaningful cues claim their motherland from a petit bourgeoisie in afrika people need dreams not borders the pride of madness becoming delusion.
drum beating and constantly on their knees bowing to the poets. Napo Masheane. If you thought poetry was for silent winedrinking crowds. Not much to say about this poetry event. imbongi Jessica Mbangeni and Henry Bowers (from Sweden). Lexicon. the MCs and Poetry Africa for bringing the SLAM to the Poetry! The Poetry Africa Slam Jams get 4 bubbling cauldrons for a potent potion. drums. the show sucked. The Slam Jams opened Poetry Africa in Johannesburg and closed it a week later in Durban. screaming crowds and scorecards are usual associated with sports like soccer or rugby not poetry. almost Urban Voices style. Props to the poets. vuvuzela-blowing. Mphutlane wa Bofelo. lively. Myesha Jenkins. Right? Wrong! This is the Slam Jams. If it weren't for great performers like Tumi (of the Volume). Hosted by Durbanites Eric 'Coolfire' Hadebe and Rose Mokhosi it featured poets Kojo Bafoe (only in Joíburg). Professor Kwame. Arts Alive presented poetry in the 2006 festival.the crowds are wild. Blindfold and Aryan Kaganoff audiences would have left after one hour. Julius Makweru. They just thought "let's call this a festival but put a poetry session on a big stage". Slam poetry is slowly gaining popularity all over South Afrika. but with no style ñ at all. tried his best to entertain the audience but the fact is. energetic and wild. Poetry Africa's move to open the 2006 annual festival in Johannesburg in October drew large crowds of poetry lovers to the MuseumAfrika. Durbanstyle. then you have not experienced this Slam Jam . Ewok. cheering. To Arts Alive: (1/2) To the performers: (5) To the audiences for sticking it out: (4) . but the way Durban does its Slam Jam is exciting. canít even be nice.poetry seen Poetry Africa Slam Jams Arts Alive Speak the Mind Vuvuzelas. This event had no form or thought put behind it. The event staged some of the best poets in South Afrika and the rest of Afrika in school-concert fashion one after the other for over three hours without an interval. Chiwoniso and Chirikure. Even Joíburg has a Slam Jam. The MC.
k.a BUM. director and (dare I say) BUM master. "a beautiful woman with a typical African body" .. BUM was only previewed for two nights at the Market Laboratory before going on an international tour. so far Iíve forgotten to mention the brothers. the BUMper stickers. Never before have I walked out of a show with a bounce in stride. Newtown. I'm sure that many of us were ready to be cardcarrying members of BUM. By the time we left. Deal With It!' clearly you are not swinging on the correct grapevine or maybe you are one of those who donít love the Afrikan Bum. The play is set to tour South Afrika in the near future." BUM was directed by John Matshikiza. As we watched the play. actor. to take a stand and tell their stories to the world about having and loving an African body. the buttons .poetry seen started. Check out Ms Napo's . Deal With It!" by Zamantungwa Previewed: 21 & 22 September 2006 at the Market Lab. they were there too but really I donít know if they could relate. BUM is a one-hour theatrical piece conceptualised. Poetry Potion will keep you informed.. Only a woman.hey. If you can relate to the images of beauty and how they mark us consciously or subconsciously then this is for you. let me first tell you what Iím on about If you have not yet heard of 'My Bum is Genetic. I donít really care .BUM is a subtle call for sisters to totally love themselves. the BUMs will take over the world ... Not only were we entertained but we left changed inspired. Usista u-focussed! lovely website. a smile on my face and a spark in my soul. Napo Masheane: poet. "BUM is an affirmation of growth and acceptance. many of us (sisters) could not help but burst into hysterical laughter as we recognised ourselves in the stories played out on stage. the posters. The BUM Forum calls for all booties to Unite! A review of "My Bum is Genetic. playwright. I hope that Napo realises what she has Napo says. a stand against a global talk on how people's bodies should be fixed or reconstructed. I'm ready to take the BUM campaign to the streets! I can see it all. A man had nothing to do with it.the PR said it not me. BOOTIES UNITED IN MOVEMENT a. written and performed by Napo Masheane. Her quest throughout this play is to recruit other women around the world to join her new political party. Ok. affirmed and celebrated.Ok.
. always interrupt things?" me spoke." . Jessica now takes pride and confidence in being imbongi. I'd be so embarrassed. poet. In the footsteps of Ntsikana. king is erring. talented. inspiring and inspired imbongi (a praise poet).poetry profile Jessica Mbangeni the slamming mbongi by zamantungwa For a while. imbongi celebrates the triumphs of a king and a nation but also speaks up when the An imbongi does not have to wait to be introduced or be put on In most instances. Although. mother. along someone who will change your mind and force you to sit straight and listen." "I'd laugh at my friend who used to praise at church. her journey into poetry and the Poetry Africa Slam Jam.. sister. an imbongi and prophet.and now. gracious. "How can you dare stand up in front of the people. most of the time I don't understand . dare I add ñ Slam poet! I had a chat with Jessica at the opening of the 10th Poetry Africa at Museum Afrika about possession. And so. "It's like you are taken to another world. even I don't know the meaning of. "Inyange lesihobe sends you. I shouldn't tell you this but. singer ." Jessica says. "It was the purpose of god. Iíve had little regard for imbongi of the Xhosa tradition. I didn't choose this." Jessica exclaims. Jessica never chose poetry. Daughter. noise!" "What's the all the "Why do they The snob in I've often said. in the middle of the program and say your own things!" For someone who used to feel embarrassed by izimbongi. even they the program in order for them to praise (perform)..lesiXhosa sivame ukuba deep! Too deep! out. actor.. a lot of the words I utter. the Muse. She has performed on many stages all over the country including the Soweto Gospel Choir and in Victor Ntoniís Mzansi pays Tribute to OR Tambo for the name-change ceremony of the Airport. donít have a say when the Muse instructs them to speak. I shut the 'noise' But every once in a while comes Jessica Mbangeni is a beautiful.
"I want to instil pride in them. Friends and mentors encouraged her to write more. writing and performing poetry is like . "It's like you are taken to another world. she never thought her 'songs' were poetry. you. and overwhelmed her." Although she had been writing for a number of years. she draws "Inyange lesihobe sends For Jessica. she wrote Jessica her first poem. In 1999. for a play .be they politics or morals." Jessica says. praising greatness and good. Ever since then." She writes and recites about the positives of this country. she acknowledges the Muse and continues to praise. first realised her purpose as imbongi when the "ancient muse of poetry" took over She was trying to comfort her crying two year old when she began to recite a poem. I didnít choose this. possession. writing and performing mostly in isiXhosa. Ugawulayo. She speaks out against social ills . the words of which she believes came from a higher power.then she thought it was a song.
Seeing an imbongi clean up the Slam was really an experience. her poetry inspires many and will continue to do long as long is. if they are not rolling in English. As powerful a Slam Poetry is after all ." Jessica states. Robert Sobukwe and encourages the generations to come to carry on from where these leaders have left off. Jessica wants to inform us. scored her high both in Johannesburg and Durban. it talks about peace and standing for truth in the days of struggle. in them. maintain our cultural integrity and preserve our cultures. Jessica is dedicated When she steps onto a stage. respectively." Jessica Mbangeni. This sister is grounded in her spirituality and culture. Jessica was sceptical about her first. "I'm a messenger and a voice of the people. your indigenous These are the things that make you who Jessica also found herself performing in a Slam Jam Add a hyperlink here to Poetry Seen (see the Slam Jam review ." In keeping with her work. so god going to help me deal with this because Iím god myself.Poetry Seen) for the first time. she worked with izinye izimbongi of the Tswana. "The Ancient muse of Poetry lives. who were made up the audience. Her favourite poem is called 'Mama Afrika' a poem that salutes Afrikans for being who they are. so god going to help me deal with this because Iím god myself. celebrating and investing in culture. Sotho and Zulu traditions ñ Mandisa Phandliwe. the audience knows even before she utters a word that they are looking a proud Xhosa By writing and performing in isiXhosa. languages and your traditional clothing. "The Ancient muse of Poetry lives. I want to instil pride "Kids are in trouble..poet profile from her background constantly being fed by the Poetry Muse. during the 10th Poetry Africa.. It celebrates Madiba and all other influential Afrikans like Mxenge Add a hyperlink here to IkonikAfrika. Steve Biko." you are. poet as she is. OR Tambo. Joe Ntloana and Botsotso Mhlaba. They held workshops at high schools." And the judges. a style that was created in the USA and influenced by Hip Hop. woman. "You have to be proud of yourself. to promoting.
poetry haiku 101 rap video nuances ornate slave chains air-kissing summer bunnies passé haiku 103 beautiful wrinkles across a sagacious face my mama rocks haiku 120 black is beautiful tight cornrows incite lust dazzles till dust to dust © Nyakale Mokgosi .
what is freedom of speech if i can't speak my mind? .
poetry Starvation is My Name Starvation is my name. © Kabelo Mofokeng Glossary* Tlala-fela .a game suggesting no sharing skop . At night When knuckles knock Against my door. My mission is to capitalize On a system of booze and cheap drugs. Foreign Whities* Unlike Boertjies* Flash their cameras teeth in my face. I am never ashamed To strike a pose nude as truth On a poverty stage. I play amongst street kids Our favourite game is nix-mapha*. How I love Poisoning young blood. Born with-out in the belly of wounded dreams. I hate beggars They expose my true colours I hunger to kill lemigokgo* before they are born Rip their intestines like a ravaging beast Whenever I need to feed.only hunger Zozo ñ tin-house Klippies . I only carry death in my heart.Kliptown nix-mapha . I survive in a Zozo* On the outskirts of Klippies*. I skop* skotlolo* under matrase* of my house of hunger.kick skotlolo-an aluminium bowl used for eating matrase-martyrs Lemigokgo-tame/worthless dogs Whities-white people Boertjies-racist white people or Afrikaans speaking . My friends call me Tlala-Fela*.
It was the apocalypse On repentance day The gods spoke in Rajahfarian tongues and said: "Death lives within us" © Kabelo Mofokeng . From then till now Sunrays failed to shine Upon the face of Azania. I grabbed its horns And twisted its neck Whilst the beast bled Mothers cried For their loved ones Buried under cumulus clouds Of a black rainbow nation Fading with in the mist of broken promises. The day was June 16 When the 7 headed beast mocked students.poetry Mocking Beast The earth opened up Bodies were swallowed up Machine guns rattled. The purple sky Turned red with rage And poured fire upon the earth Children of the soil Ran for cover Like ants to a colony.
thus. Zikalala justifies banning Ncube by saying. contrary to many reports out there.. When Zimbabweans were dismissing the elections as predetermined. ordinary Zimbabweans have had an expectation that South Africa will use its leverage as the biggest political and economic power in Sub-Saharan Afrika to support the realisation of the democratic ideals of the people of Zimbabwe by helping to resolve the crippling poverty and socio-economic breakdown gripping the nation. the SABC's main . the Media manager for the Crisis Coalition South Africa office and political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki (young brother to President Thabo Mbeki) a strong critic of Mugabe's policies.this is a very peaceful country. "Trevor Ncube has his newspapers which he uses to attack Mugabe everyday and why should I give him space on my broadcaster". While Pretoria has played a direct role in places like Lesotho and others as far as DRC. the attitude towards the crisis gripping its northern neighbour has been characterised by an unintelligible stance. citing serious distortions of the playing field in favour of the ruling party. This is the latest in a series of evidence confirming how the SABC is violating Journalism's cardinal principle of giving professional and unbiased coverage and instead is acting as a "solidarity broadcaster" for Mugabe's regime. Mail and Guardian publisher Trevor Ncube.. Dr Snuki Zikalala the Managing Director of SABC News and Current Affairs (and a former ANC political commissar) is said to be responsible for instructing the blacklisting. He thinks Elinor Sisulu and Moeletsi Mbeki are removed and misinformed.poetic injustice when silence is not golden by briggs bomba For a long time now. He hasn't had the courage to tell anyone why Pius Ncube should not be allowed to comment on Zimbabwe. Among those banned from the station are Archbishop Pius Ncube of the Roman Catholic Church. The people of Zimbabwe. feel understandably let down by their one key neighbour who could have the greatest influence on the present crisis. ". its public institutions as well as the South African private sector cannot be described as anything less than a complicity relationship with the regime of Robert Mugabe. it doesn't take a nuclear physicist to see that his agenda is to systematically marginalize voices critical of Mugabe's policies from the SABC. Sudan and so on.. The SABC's coverage of Zimbabwe's 2005 parliamentary elections springs to mind. Ivory Cost. This is a serious scandal if one considers the fact that the SABC as a public broadcaster has an obligation to provide the public with a balanced view on the crisis in Zimbabwe. Whatever Zikalala says. It has emerged that certain voices were blacklisted for having particular views on the Zimbabwe crisis.." Details revealed in the recent Sisulu Commission of enquiry into the SABC only add on to this feeling of great betrayal. Officially defined as "quite diplomacy" this practice camouflages the reality of Pretoria's subtle support for the Mugabe regime. The role played by the South African government. The broadcaster had a team of 59 journalists in the country whose coverage of the elections was nothing less than a public relations mission for Mugabe and his regime. Elinor Sisulu.
Many others including the ZCTU President. the likes of the SABC being part of the band wagon playing smoke and mirrors and deceiving the world on the reality of the situation in Zimbabwe today is not just extremely unfortunate but also most dishonourable. If the thuggish behaviour of the police was shocking. At the end of the interview. No questions about the attack and forced closure of independent press and so on. The images are so barbaric that they invoke memories of colonial era state barbarism. contrary to many reports out there. it is the most disgraceful thing a public broadcaster that holds itself in high regard can ever do. The sick cannot get medication. people have been reduced to a nation of foraging paupers stripped of any dignity. this shameful conduct cannot be anything less than tragic because the crisis in Zimbabwe is now a humanitarian emergency in which millions of innocent lives are at stake. Footage from the march shows Zimbabwe Republic Police mercilessly pounding arrested workers with baton sticks. This shows that Mugabeís exhausted regime owes its survival . "is that this is a very peaceful country. ZCTU workers were brutalised by Mugabeís dogs. Wellington Chibhebhe. she said in her report. If the matter at stake were a sporting match. Workers can barely go through a week on a minimum wage. the politicisation of food distribution or the banning and disruption of opposition meetings. this would have been just silly. Communities have to cope without basics like water and electricity. demanding an end to harassment of informal traders and calling for access to ARVs. "it's a very peaceful country and we have seen the economic turnaround ourselves". Also remembered is Zikalala's interview with Mugabe just after the elections. The ZCTU secretary general.poetic injustice anchor Hope Zinde shocked Zimbabweans by declaring.. in this case. even more outrageous was to hear Mugabe audaciously condoning these callous acts. where he proved to be a fan of the despised dictator. This is the point history must record: the impunity and well-documented cruelty of the Zimbabwe Republic Police has blessings from Mugabe himself. he even complimented Mugabe saying. within a matter of a few hours of checking into Harare's Sheraton Hotel.. Under Mugabe's dictatorship. Testimonies from the arrested workers tell of unrelenting beatings and torture within cells. For simply exercising their democratic right to peacefully march in protest against unbearable levels of poverty. Mothers have to endure the pain of seeing their children wail of hunger and not knowing what to do. the world saw shocking images of Mugabe's police brutalising workers who dared to raise their voices. the independence of the Judiciary or the impartiality of the electoral institutions. Lucia Matibenga. What peace! Which economic turnaround? For the SABC to take such a partisan stance. And what is revolting is that people are told not to complain ñ at gunpoint! Recently. that the conditions were conducive for free and fair elections. Zikalala behaved like a shy schoolboy helpfully avoiding confronting Mugabe with any difficult questions. "The first thing that I have to say". However. No questions about the issues of equal opportunities for all parties to access state media. The Vice President. No questions were asked about the serious violations of the SADC Protocol on elections as recorded by various local and international observers. the violence and intimidation. was beaten until he lost consciousness. It was an embarrassing show. have broken limbs." Zinde was saying all this contrary to reports of serious intimidation and violations recorded by local and international monitors. Lovemore Matombo. To have on this very late hour. None of this was important to Zikalala. The vast majority of the population is now destitute and just waiting for God. suffered a burst eardrum from repeated clapping and photos show her whole body bruised and blackened. Nothing about the draconian acts that have seriously restrictive political space.
Violence has become the regime's first instinct and in its exhausted mentality. refusing to acknowledge the full extent of the crisis in Zimbabwe. These poor victims of the Zimbabwe crisis are not even regarded as refugees who deserve protection under international law but just as illegal immigrants who are hunted down like criminals. And at the end. Already South Africa is seriously inundated with thousands of Zimbabwean political and economic refugees escaping the crisis. What one does not understand is why Mbeki fails to act positively on Zimbabwe when it is clear that the degeneration of Zimbabwe has an adverse social impact on South Africa and will ultimately have severe consequences for regional stability. Student activists have been detained and tortured at maximum prisons for defending the right to education. In the face of such shameful conduct from Pretoria. At the same time. The peace that Zikalala and the likes of Hope Zinde preach to the world is in reality a tense silence maintained through guns. The SABC's shameful stance on Zimbabwe must be understood as consistent to Pretoria's own deplorable foreign policy on Zimbabwe. resonates deep within the hearts of millions of Zimbabweans. as recently expressed by the ZCTU and other brave activists. At this hour of greatest need. the South African government has failed to live up to its international responsibility to Zimbabweans. Despite all these odds. South Africa has been the first to frustrate efforts to bring Zimbabwe on the agenda of multi-lateral fora.poetic injustice to force and coercion. an urgent task therefore lies on the shoulders of progressive minded South Africans to extend a hand of solidarity to the people of Zimbabwe. he can be reached on To comment on this article write to . Unequivocal positions taken so far by COSATU. there is nothing more unhelpful to the cause of democracy and social justice in Zimbabwe than this silence from South Africa. detained in the most deplorable conditions and deported back to Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans will remember not just the deeds of their oppressors but also the complicity of their neighbours. the regime stupidly believes that torturing the messengers will somehow destroy the message. Civil society activists are harassed and frustrated left right and centre. Uhuru! Freedom! Rusununguko! Nkululeko! We shall overcome! Onward with the struggle comrades! Briggs Bomba is a Zimbabwean activist. baton sticks and the threat of things worse. It has become the habit of the regime to brutally thwart any protest. The South African government observer missions to Zimbabweís disputed elections since 2000 have been the quickest to declare a free and fair verdict and dismiss irregularities raised by other local and international observers. South African Social Movements and recently the Progressive Youth Alliance in support of the democratic struggle in Zimbabwe need the support of the wider South African population. the truth of the matter is that the voices of protest. . Whatever people like Zikalala do.a selection of comments will be published in the next month. the only hope and effective counter is principled people to people solidarity. Mothers have been beaten and locked up for handing out roses on the streets and peacefully demanding justice. To this day. This is the reality that Zikalala and his kind do not want the world to see. Zimbabweans retain the deepest conviction that justice will ultimately prevail over brutal repression because history itself is always on the side of justice. With the ruling elite extending unprincipled solidarity to each other. The South African public must call on their government and public institutions like the SABC to account for their disgraceful collusion with the oppression in Zimbabwe. Always.
give me all the necessary tools That I need to school the youth Gimme love. Gimme love so that I can find peace Gimme love. give me justice and equity So that I can change my poverty dominated reality Gimme love so that I can find peace And spread it in all the streets. Give me access to insight So that I can promote and exercise Protect and realise my socio-economic rights Pleeze. Gimme work so that I can pay the rent I need books to read. donít gimme sex I've seen too musch of that Besides. donít give me an empty bag Filled with promises Get me a piece of land So that I can build myself A home where I can lay my head.featured poem Give ME Love (Cry of a Common Man) give me love. © Righteous the Common Man . give me skills So that I can increase my abilities To compete for job opportunities Gimme a job so that I can pay the bills And feed my seeds. I donít wanna waste my sweat Gimme strength and the knowledge I need to enhance my consciousness Gimme love so that I can find peace within myself Give me education. I don't need your sympathy Gimme love. don't give me charity Show me some solidarity Show me love. donít give me guns Give me schools. show me some humanity Give me peace. give me the truth please I don't need you weapons. don't privatise my right to a decent life Give me clinics so that I can take care of the sick and weak Don't feel pity for me. give me libraries Don't give me lies. so that I can find peace And spread it in all the streets.
which only hinders Natural thought process Impress us Empresses Intrigues fascinate us With exotics us Exalt us Mesmerise us Look like us Think like us Focus on black Barbie doll image by us U too can wear Strauss U too can wear Strauss U too can wear Strauss Levi's generation Buys freedom expression Fake emancipation Figment imagination Realisation lies true Defy you Deny through Time Mind lost Blacks boxed Levi Strauss cons Joe dons .poetry Levi's Generation Child of foetus Enemy of deceivers Make you believers You provide retrievers Reap-assessors Re-posses Truth not scriptures Non-acceptors Non-pleasers Forget givers Mother Teresa Over achievers Live teachers Armies can't defeat us Time turned spectators Eighty-fivers in wait for wealth not dealt us We the takers Never ask us To wait for kindness Of those that rape us They rob us Then lock us Up in sanatoriums Then feed us Fashions.
poetry Stop nothing Coz still laughing Pons still mopping up Spilt milk Give it The poor to drink Make 'em think They didn't blink See past winks It stinks We can't all be rich Reach for a dream Go mainstream Start to skeem White wash clean Being civilizing Biting real Commercialising Sympathyzing Eventually we're all rising Pimping housing self Seeking wealth Ten-percenta Money spent on Immaterial backdrops Shop 'til you drop The confidence spot Dot t's Line eyes carve ears Hear what appears Not said Right not read Born not bred Scorned not scared Souls porned not paired For the latest gear to disguise our fear The latest gear to disguise our fear © Yoliswa Mogale .
a multi-faceted writer and performer.. He performed all over the world and in South Afrika in 2006 at the Urban Voices Poetry Festival. He wrote plays like Udu and Blessing the Boats. May he rest in peace. Sundiata. his voice and words will forever live. . He was a writing professor at the New School University of Manhattan. was considered the father of the spoken word movement.. he also recorded his poetry in albums like The Blue Oneness of Dreams and Longstoryshort.remembering Sekou Sundiata: writer. poet. He was 58 years old and lived in Brooklyn. New York. performer and educator photo Sekou Sundiata (born Robert Franklin Feaster in Aug 22 1948) died in July 2007 from heart failure.
poetry Dr Capitalism I am dr capitalism The godfather of isms and schisms I stand for individualism monetarism and westernism Yesterday when I was in a state of primitivism I was then called feudalism no. not thy communalism I robbed Africa with violence. slavery fraudulence and colonialism I rule with the church. market. commercialism and imperialism I am dr capitalism the godfather of isms and schisms I fight aetheism and paganism with my God-complexism Iím God I make guns to kill internationalism I come with war macarthyism to wipe out communism I contest anything and detest everything about socialism I discourage all from activism bolshevism and radicalism I am dr capitalism the godfather of isms and schisms I don't mind stalinism because that's still europeanism Iíve no sympathy at all for africanism or pan-africanism I divide with partisanism sectarianism and tribalism I undermine unity with cabalism elitism and factionalism I stifle oneness with homophobia xenophobia and racism . state nepotism.
white supremacy consumerism and egoism I breed greed. nazism and Zionism I dig globalisation and privatisation no not collectivism I build a racial and class society without egalitarianism I spread prejudice. rape and eurocentrism. lies. injustice militarism and neo-liberalism I oppose afrocentrism with force. spiritism or Satanism I am dr capitalism the godfather of isms and schisms I sex so much that I am accused of sexual hedonism I invade anywhere and conquer everywhere with sexism I belittle.poetry I am dr capitalism the godfather of isms and schisms I lynch thy ubuntu/botho or humanism with americanism To me. blacks stand accused of barbarism. negate and ridicule womanism with machoism I denounce and renounce demonise and refuse feminism I hardly recognise womanís rights due to male chauvinism I am dr capitalism the godfather of isms and schisms I gave birth to Calvinism fascism. alcoholism ageism. cannibalism and heathenism I demote so-called 'rastafarianism' and promote materialism I plant democracy. © Zwelethemba Twalo .
The lazy artist tries to divorce intellectual activity from artistic creation Prof Willie Kgositsile .ikonikAfrika Poetry at it's best is when it approaches ritual.
in our souls. They live in our conscious and subconscious memories. attended the Poetry Afrika (2006) bringing with him stories older than time. Alhaji Papa Susso. They are carved in our mothers' and fathers' wrinkles and calloused hands . Many like to think that our story only began with the 'white explorers'. they like to say that only with the arrival of the written word did we record our story. a griot and poet. They ooze out of our pores in poetry. dance. song. Afrika sends out her story in a way that is relevant to her people and so Afrikans sing. name Pappa. You see. name of his father directly. dance. it means you have completed the five pillars of Islam.so my father would call me Pappa. but that is only because she prefers it so. music. make music and art . Of course. so much is a mystery about darkest Afrika. Pappa: it is part of our tradition that when you have children one of your sons should be named after their [paternal] grandfather Poetry Potion: What is a griot? to keep his spirit in the family.q&a Alhaji Papa Susso: G R I O T by zamantungwa Afrikaís tales. as far back as thousands of years. a Muslim man who makes the journey (the Hajj) to Mecca. it is disrespectful .and she lets them think it's only to cope with our miseries and celebrate our joys.. art.. Poetry Potion: Tell us about your name? Alhaji Pappa Susso: Alhaji means pilgrim. triumphs and failures are etched in our bodies. And everyone got used to the Now A griot is the keeper of a peoples story going the father of the son cannot call the .untold.
They play a 21-string instrument. demonised and have almost disappeared into the past. You can't even take him to court because a griot has the right to say anything about anyone. the griot is still strong in my country (Gambia). In other Afrikan countries. you are expected to give him something in return but if you don't he will go and compose insulting songs about you and your family." A griot can come to you and say "I've come to And he will create a song that praises your family. centred in Timbuktu (Mali). Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast. speaking out against social ills. in accompaniment. passed down from generation to generation. izangoma and izanusi have been in existence since time immemorial . carrying our culture and traditions into the future. She learns from her of a male griot to play the instrument and narrate the histories of the people while the female griot sings and dances Griots like elders. respect and raise griots. griot. You have to come from a the kora. Gambia. these people are still held in high esteem while in others if they are In West Afrika. the descendents of the old Mali Empire. naming of the child and rituals. they are people who we rely on to keep the history of a people through music. Poetry Potion: What is the role of a griot? Alhaji Pappa Susso: A griot composes commemorative songs and performs at important tribal ceremonies like weddings. When the empire died some of them migrated to Senegal. izimbongi. family of griots and you only marry another So. it is by heredity. world. sing praises to you. the Mandika Alhaji Pappa people (also known as the Mandingo) revere. with a different role. traditionally you learn how to play from your father or your brother. mother. Griots have a very important role to play. celebrating our greatness. we have female griots It is the duty Poetry Potion: Is there still a place for a griot in the 21st century? Alhaji Pappa Susso: Yes.q&a Alhaji Papa Susso: A griot is an oral historian of West Afrika.recording our history. Susso has also recorded two albums and continues to tour and perform all over the . Poetry Potion: Is it only men? Papa Susso: No. We come from the Mandikas.
19 FEBRUARY.festivals Time of the Writer International Writers Festival 19 . Please allow 2 weeks for mail to reach us. discussions and debates will take place each evening at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Learners are invited to engage creatively with a theme of their choice. featuring a diverse selection of writers from South Africa. Please make your submissions by no later than MONDAY. A maximum of 5 pages (preferably typed) are to be written in English. with a wide programme of day activities in and around the city of Durban. Africa and the rest of the world. together with your school's name. Entries may be faxed.za . Entries may be hand delivered to the Centre or faxed to 031 260 3074 or posted to: CENTRE FOR CREATIVE ARTS UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL DURBAN 4041 For more information on the festival or the competition. Winners will be awarded a cash prize of R1000 and given complimentary tickets to attend the festival on an evening where they will be handed their prizes.24 March 2007 School Short Story Competition The 10th TIME OF THE WRITER International Writers Festival will be hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts from 19 to 24 March 2007. If you are a learner and would like to be involved in this competition submit your stories. Readings. hand-delivered or posted. Please note that entries must be fictional stories and not critical essays. presentations. Time of the Writer invites learners to begin submitting material for the short story writing competition to be held in conjunction with the festival.ac. University of KwaZulu-Natal. please contact the Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506 or visit our website: www.ukzn. Zulu or Afrikaans. teacher's name and your school telephone number to the Centre for Creative Arts.cca. A central focus of the festival is to encourage reading and writing. particularly among the youth. Illegible entries will not be considered.
The taxis I use to commute are made in Japan or Germany. My clothes. you do not address an elder by their first or last name but you either attach before their name Bhuti (brother) or Baba (Father) depending on the age group the addressee is part of. accessories are made in China and Taiwan. In many ways.and I bought it. solely. Own our economy by inventing. The music CDs I listen to (including South Afrikan music): the record companies are mainly white owned. See. written by an Afrikan living in America. are responsible for our own 'backwardness' and poverty..CAPITALIST NIGGER . though still unsettled and kind of confused I am certain that if Afrikans are to survive. I have become frighteningly aware of my consumerist ways and of those around me. The food I eat. Taiwan and I don't know of any Afrikan or Afrikan state that can make any of it . China. We need to learn from the Europeans and Asians by being determined. sleep out in the open.all the technology I own is made in Japan. Capitalist Nigger.. and that we. Actually.isiZulu! Courage to take on the mammoth task knowing that this turn-around may not be achieved in my lifetime. Japan and Taiwan. it is not the solution that is hard to find. it is time for a radical change..poetic injustice NIGGER WHAT!? by zamantungwa So manje nay' indaba. Finished it. think about it.. And now.. aggressively and repetitively declares that Afrikans are consumers. over a year ago.. ambitious and risk-takers ñ start to own our economy. You need to read the book for yourselves because this is not a review. this is the gist of Bab'. Approximately 99% of all that I buy goes out of my community directly into the white community .let alone invent it. itís isibindi Courage . the cars I have sat in are made in Japan or Germany. Ironic how sikhala ngama 'we complain about. I came across a book with an interesting title . I am very worried because although I see the problem and can articulate it. I read the book.what in Kwanza is expressed as ëCooperative Economicsî.isiZulu Fong Kong while just about everything is a Fong Kong! For us to do something serious and obvious about this it would mean to be naked. Thought deeply about it. incapable of (or rather lazy at) manufacturing innovation.. Europe and 80% of this 90% goes to China.. As brutally stressed in the book.' . shoes. Onyeaniís book. Since reading this book. buying/selling for ourselves . I agree entirely with Chika Onyeani (the author) .the USA. not eat or drink . In Afrikan culture. if we Afrikan's are to avoid extinction we need to get over our 'poor'-selves and become Capitalist Niggers. I do not have a solution for it. making. the CD pressing and distribution is white owned.
Improve on it. Eat at black-owned food outlets. Make your product available to udarkie. Ever been served by an Afrikan waiter or cashier (or had an encounter with a security guard) with a bad attitude and the minute a white customers brother or sister switches on the charm? Then you know what I'm talking about.there are so many Afrikans you will not miss the 'niche'. particularly the retrenched folk in the clothing and mining industry surely. Think about it. and with no degree or experience are unemployed . being told the truth about what they can do with these subjects. Is this impossible? Ridiculous? Easy? We have people going around claiming how Afrikans invented this. however. But where can you start. 'Coloured'.the light bulb. This. the mines. is a two-way so even our Black business men and women out there need to come to the party. other manufacturing and services industries. It means young artists learning the business of art and working towards owning and controlling their intellectual property. without being in debt or giving in to being BEE tokens.. So much for our inventions. as it is a black-owned industry. People with serious skills and experience. The bigger things like technology and sciences are going to take longer ñ it means people being steered toward science and maths. not use public transport or any vehicle. so maybe we need to start talking about ownership how does the best-selling musician start to own the music industry from studio to CD duplication? How does the fastest athletic start owning the sport industry from sports clothing to training facilities? How do the filmmakers start to own the film industry from broadcasting to the video stores? You see this battle is huge! And Afrika is struggling to get involved. that's exactly what makes us think 'if it's got a name I canít pronounce and it's expensive then itís good'. look for Black Suppliers. rap. Allegedly there is so much that we have invented that has been stolen from us . we can't lay claim to the development and the ownership thereof. Discuss it with others. It means children learning the business of money while still young . have enough skill and experience to start their own factories and mines. with degrees and no experience. It wouldn't hurt a bit to drop the prices some . But do not drop the standard. Continue to use the taxi. Japan and Taiwan made things. Strive to be accessible to your Black brothers and sisters instead of turning them into coons the way some so-called black products are advertised to their market. In business.in fact. the internet. Try it. make it a point of finding out who owns the business where you spend your money. Just imagine how much more we would all be enriched. I've been thinking that these jobless peoples. rock. you may be asking? Start by patronising Afrika wherever you can . the indigenous folk not umlungu or ibhunu né.poetic injustice anything.. Bab' Onyeani even suggests this in his book. Wear black designers. that or the other. jazz. owner and controller.how to balance the consumer with the producer. not listen to the radio. SA is suffering with staggering numbers of unemployment in the clothing industry.I'm talking abo-darkie Afrikan. See. I'm thinking the peoples from the manufacturing industries can start a revolution to kick out China. . Ok. treat your Afrikan customers as you treat you white customers.
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