Monthly Archives: September 2012

Word N Sound Festival Line Up

The 2nd installment of the Word N Sound Festival is on the cards. After last year’s humble beginning, the 2012 festival will raise the bar another notch.

06 October 2012
Emonti Dinner On Bree _ Cnr Quinn & Bree Street, Newtown JHB
R100 (Tickets available at the door)

12pm – 10pm

Headline Artists
– Joshua Bennett (USA)
– Napo Mashiane
– Mutle Mothibe
– Afurakan

Headline Band
– Love Glori

WNS Open Mic Poetry League Challenge Finalists
– Mandi Poefficient Vundla
– Masai Dabula
– Andrew Manyika
– Cornelius Jones AKA Sbu Simelane
– Forgotten Planet (Ahimsa & NoLife)

WNS Poetry League Showcase Artists
– Mpho Khosi
– KB Kilobyte
– Bonga Ndziweni
– Vuyelwa Maluleke
– Diema Dika

– DJ Duce
– Plizy Lee
– truejOnes
– MF Benzo
– DJ Kwasa

Spread the word and keep your eyes on this event page for more exciting announcements as we build up to the most epic poetry festival in South Africa.

In #WordNSound We Trust


1.  You’ll be releasing your album ‘in_sense’ soon, what can we expect from this offering and how is it different from      your previous projects?

Well other than being a solo project in comparison to my other collaborative works… It’ll be more a reflection of how I want my art to be experienced. I’ve been sitting next to our producer (Mo’kata) on the production of every single track. I told of lil add one he should put in the tracks and also the feel I wanted for the whole album. Before he and I went into studio I gave him the sort of music he should expose himself to before working on mine and by the time I stood in front of our mic our goal was set and the by product has been nothing but perfection. People should expect me!! A bit of the old ,a bit of recent works and also future works I’ve been working on in my brake from the scene of late.

2.  Which other poets/artists did you work with in putting this album together?

 On this album I only trusted 2 beings and had them to critique every recording. Thabo Ellipsis and Mohale Mo’katalyst were the only two people I worked with on this album.

3. Why did you choose the title ‘in_sense’ ?

 In_Sense… Hmm… Well I chose it after looking at incense sticks and what’s associated with such… which is meditation, calmness, Zen or whatever words people now use for Presence. Most times when I talk I struggle to articulate my feelings and thoughts freely…(Which is a phenomena I’ve come to spot in most artists) yet when I sit down, concentrate and calm down I can model my thoughts better when using worded artworks. So In_Sense was taken from that… All the works in this album came from A Sense of awareness… When everything I am synchronizes to help produce the artworks I’ve shared.

4.  You are also a member of the poetry collective ‘INAUDIBLE’, are you guys working on anything as a collective or will you be focusing on your individual projects from now on?

No, for Now… I’m concentrating on my individual work and Inaudible crew is baking me up so I can realize all the goals I have for this album. We do future works we’re planning and my album is only a small step in the bigger picture we’ve mapped out.

5.  Being a full-time artist comes with quite a few challenges, but what would you say are some of the joys that come with being able to focus on something that you are so passionate about?

I think the one huge plus I’ve gained is Humility. I’ve been able to humble myself and see what it is I have. I’ve learned the value of friends that have my back even when I don’t believe in my choices, Family has become such an important part of my life and the importance of unity and unshakable faith from people is insanely amazing.

6. Do you always have a purpose when you start writing a poem?

Not always. My private poems don’t have  purpose most times… Unlike almost all the poems I share are more cerebral, well planned, researched and the performances structured.

7.  You were one of the finalists at last year’s word n sound open mic finale where you came 2nd place, who do you think is taking the King Of The Mic title this year?

I haven’t always been around to hear the announcements of the King/Queen of the mic but I do make note to find out who took the title… When looking @ the point system that’s been used through  out the year and also how many time Masai has won the King of the mic… I think its safe to bet my money on him taking the title again.

8.  You are also one of the guest performers at this year’s Word N Sound Festival, how are you feeling about that and should we expect any special surprises?

I’m feeling quite cool about it, prepping and taking my time with the work I’ll be show casing that day. Ah as to surprises… People will have to come through to figure that part out. I can say one thing for sure is there will be new Art works ,will be trying out some new movements:)

9.  What are your plans after the release of your album?

Will be taking that album any place imaginable or accessible. I will be doing a provincial tour to maximize sales.

10. There are lots of opinions out there about what poetry is and how poetry should look and sound like. Please tell us what poetry is to you?

Aah Poetry… Ya Ne… I think Poetry is relative to where a person is (mentaly, spiritually and emotionally) and is such a subjective take from person to person. I don’t know what poetry is ,what it should look like, what the dominant standard voice of it should sound like (well also I’ve found it funny that we mostly try find poetry’s face but when that happens we try stay away from that standard calling it cloning or a certain style, replicas and talking about finding your own voice.)I struggle with that and have resigned from trying to box it lol.



Mandi is a 25-year-old descendant of Soweto who has finally surrendered her life to poetry. A writer, poet, dreamer and an ambitious fierce brave woman who will fight for everything she believes in. Her. motto in life is “if you can dream it, you can be it” and her love for poetry was influenced by her passion for art.

She began writing poems plays and has since never looked back. Mandi’s commitment to poetry has seen her share a performance platform with Myesha Jenkins, Natalia Molebatsi, Lebo Mashile, Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, Napo Masheane, Afurakan, Kabomo, Likwid tongue, Antonio David Lyons,Tumelo Khoza, has performed with Pops Mohamed and has opened for Canadian poet Ian Kamau.

Her larger than life attitude propels her in all that she is, all that she does and everywhere she goes.


Sibusiso “Conelius Jones” Simelane is a spoken word artist from Johannesburg (East Rand), Sbu created the character Conelius Jones, a time traveller, with the purpose finding a creative and unconventional way of speaking about various issues in society. He has been writing and performing for four years now and is very passionate about his craft. He believes that both performance and content play a major role in performance poetry and this is exactly what he offers his audience the minute he steps on stage. This young man’s words are sincere, his graphic imagery evokes a sense of ‘I was there” in the listener, and all of this is accompanied by a powerful, pleasantly daring and captivating performance.


Ahimsa was born Firen Sebatagane, in Atteridgeville. west of Pretoria. His interest in the art of poetry was sparked in 2001 by an author named Emily Dickenson. In 2009 literally he was schooled under a movement called depth of thought (D.O.T) based in Pretoria. In the last 3 years Ahimsa has been active crafting his poetic literature to be a symbol of his worldview a personal art symbolism.
NoLIFE(Nobody Lives ForEver) aka Carlos  Is  a rapper and predominantly a poet since his discovery of the WordnSound platform in the year 2011 in which He was influenced by the likes of Masai Dabula. His poetry revolves around social surrealism, religious criticism and scientific horror-core. He has been writing since the age of 9, and has been encroaching since then.

“I am one whole of myself and one half of *forgotten Planet” NoLife


Masai Dabula is a freelance journalist, painter and fulltime poet and writer. He started writing and performing in the year 2000. In the year 2011 some of his poetry was published in an anthology called ‘The Grounds Ear’. He is the current Word n Sound King Of The Mic and has performed in a number of stages in Johannesburg and other provinces.  Masai is also an activist and is currently working with different organisations in his township that aid various social ills that affect his community.


Andrew Manyika is a Writer, Performance Poet & Comedian from Johannesburg. As a writer, he first came to prominence in 2010 when his submission for the University of Johannesburg International Students poetry competition emerged as the overall winner. In the following year he won the provincial leg of the Drama For Life Poetry Challenge (Gauteng) & took second place in the hotly contested National Finals of the same competition and later took 3rd place at the WordnSound Poetry Festival Open Mic Finale. Highlights of his poetry career include having performed at such venues as the BAT Centre (Durban 2012); the State Theatre Night of The Poets (Pretoria 2012) along with members of the WordnSound Collective; as well as performances in Midrand and Upington. Andrew’s submission to the DFL challenge was selected for publishing in the University of Johannesburg Institutional Office For HIV & AIDS 2012 diary


Mpho Khosi was born in Orlando East, Soweto, In 2006 he had an anthology of poetry co-published with Frank Manake offering portraits in a title called “PORTRAITS OF PROPAGANDA”. Mpho started performing in the year 2011 on the Word N Sound stage where he finished as one of the top ten performers at the end of that year. He’s performed in places like Swaziland, Joburg Theatre, State Theatre in Pretoria, The Bat Centre in Durban and several other venues within Joburg and Pretoria. Mpho has shared the stage with an arsenal of excellent poets, from the young up and coming to the already established poets in the South African poetry scene.


KB aka Kilobyte is currently a Civil Engineering student at The University of Pretoria and a member of Penseed Poets based in the same city. He is a former Opera singer and has been writing and performing poetry for the past 8 years. He is also the official Poet for all national holiday events hosted by the South African National Treasury.

KB has performed internationally in Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Botswana and has performed alongside legendary RSA artists including Vusi Mahlasela and Mak Manaka to name a few.


Born in the Eastern Cape, Bonga Ndziweni like all the other kids wanted to be a doctor or a teacher and at the time had no idea that poetry even existed. In 2001 he moved to Joburg but it would only be around 2005/6 that he was introduced to poetry and like the perfect love Story they’ve been together since.

An artist and optimist Bonga’s poetry is often a parody of itself, depicting depth as comical ‘shallowness’. He has been performing for 3 years now, won slams and has performed around S.A.

“Humour is something I try to mold my poetry around. I’m not a very politically/socially conscious poet but what I do is attempt to teach amongst others myself, to better understand love, compassion, relationships by writing a lot about human interaction”. Bonga


Vuyelwa Maluleke is a 23-year-old performance poet, writer and actor
currently training at the Wits school of Arts towards a Bachelors Degree
in Dramatic Arts. Vuyelwa’s poetry is influenced largely by her Urban surroundings, the women within them, the men they choose to love
and the sisters and children they make room for in the world. More
importantly Vuyelwa’s focus is on Women’s stories and voices. As a Black and youthful female voice it is of interest to articulate my life experiences. The Word and Sound stage has been a significant platform for Vuyelwa’s poetry by allowing her a space to be heard, to grow and to evolve!


Born and raised in Vaalkop, a small village in Ga-Mashashane,Limpopo; 21 year old DiemaDika as known by fellow poets and fans is slowly becoming the love of Bapedi people. Delivering his poems in Vernacular and showing pride in his language and culture, Diema is an exceptionally talented artist. Forced to juggle modelling, University and Music; he dreams of one day being part of the Mopedi music revolution in Limpopo.

Believing that poetry has the power to heal, power to teach and power to enhance, this young man has followed a path of stages to teach and educate the public.

Currently, he has joined up with Kempton park based producer ‘’D’’ to bring the public the best of fresh never-heard-before music! His very first single ‘’kgarebe la mopedi’’ is taking the masses by surprise, and he will be releasing his first ever Ep ‘’ke fihlile’’ end of October.


WHAT: Word N Sound Poetry & Live Music Festival 2012 – Feat Joshua Bennett (US)
WHEN: 06 October 2012
WHERE: Emonti Dinner _ Cnr Quinn & Bree Newtown JHB
TICKETS: 12pm – 8pm _ R100 at the door

Joshua Bennett (US) to headline Word N Sound Poetry & Live Music Festival 2012

Award winning US Poet Joshua Bennett has confirmed his headline appearance at the second edition of the annual Word N Sound Poetry and Live Music Festival. Schedule for 6 October in Newtown, the Festival will showcase new breed poetry and live music breaking ground in Gauteng.

“I can’t wait to be back in South Africa on October 6th. This show is going to be incredible!” Joshua Bennett

Joshua Bennett is an award winning performance poet from Yonkers, NY. He has recited his original work at events such as President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House, The Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, the ESPN documentary One Night in Vegas, and alongside former U.S. Poet Laureates Billy Collins and Rita Dove at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. In addition, he was a featured poet on the original cast of the HBO series Brave New Voices.  He also was commissioned to create an original work for Ralph Lauren’s  RUGBY ad campaign, The Rugby Poets Club.

The Word N Sound Festival is part of the Word N Sound Poetry Development Series, a youth writing and performance project which is not so much a commercial venture as an attempt to make a positive impact on youth in the city.

Starting at 12 mid-day, the festival will kick off with The WNS Open Mic Challenge finale, where 5 finalists will compete for the title of Word N Sound Open Mic Champion and a grand prize. The Word N Sound Open Mic Challenge also known as the WNS Poetry League is an annual, 9 month long, poetry open mic challenge aimed at unearthing Gauteng’s aspiring writers and performance poets.

The event day will end with a highly anticipated performance by Joshua Bennett and various local poets (names to be released closer to the festival) including Afurakan, a local slam poet and arts activists.  A creative arts market will provide patrons with insight into the Joburg crafts and publishing scene.

Simply described, the Word N Sound Festival is like a shot of lemon straight to the head and will leave spoken word enthusiasts entertained, inspired and with food for thought to take home.

In #WordNSound we trust…