Word N Sound Poetry and Music Series is a platform for the expression of spoken word, not so much a commercial venture as an attempt to make a positive impact on youth in the city.
As a cultural form the craft draws on ancestral oral traditions and fuses with modern music genres such as jazz, house music and hip hop which are a global phenomenon. It functions as a conduit for the aspirations of a marginalized generation and teaches young people to articulate their ideas.
In a country with such a low literacy rate, spoken word encourages curiosity and exposes people to literature in English from a range of cultures around the world. Writing is central to every profession so this is a key skill across all sectors.
The Word N Sound platforms bring together older practitioners of literature – elders of 40 years and older – with young people in their teens and early twenties, to encourage and inspire them and to give them a sense of the trajectory of a literary career.