Monthly Archives: November 2012

Perfect Poem Award | Mpho Khosi

Mpho Khosi’s poem ‘Where Did It Go Wrong’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.


When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?
The poem was meant as a way of showing that pure love still exists, and I hoped that the audience would get to appreciate the love, especially that of our sisters when they truly and wholeheartedly give it.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
The poem was well received, actually better than I had thought. It was and continues to be positive feedback that I get when I perform the piece.

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
Eish, well I would perform it to Donald Byrd. For one reason, I would love a chance to work with an artist of his caliber.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
Tjo, one line? “He sits alone, eyes staring into his pay-cheque, almost as though he is trying to calculate the worth of his life, against the values expressed in his weekly wage.”

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
It’s an honour especially considering how this award was brought to life, through one of our country’s legendary poets, Mr Kojo Baffoe. I am just humbled…

. . . . . . . . . .

HOW TO VOTE

It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

The category is inspired by Kojo Baffoe’s poem in which he is “on a quest to find the perfect poem, a gentle balance between word, rhythm and thought …a poem that sends the moon and sun dancing over the skyline hand in hand”.

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

Tagged ,

The Perfect Poem Award | Conelius Jones

Conelius Jones‘ poem ‘Never Meant To Stay’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.

When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?
Well, firstly I wanted people to understand Conelius Jones better as a character. The one lesson I hoped people would take from the poem is that it’s really important for all of us to be committed to our different and individual purposes.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?

The feedback was really positive, it was a really humbling experience to see how much people enjoy and appreciate my work.

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
I would perform it to my mother. My mother has never seen me on stage.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
“We must march until the sky learns how to kneel”

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
I’m quite honored, especially because there are so many other brilliant writers at Word n Sound and it just feels amazing knowing that all those hours we put into mastering this craft don’t go unnoticed.

. . . . . . . . . .

HOW TO VOTE

It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

Tagged ,

Perfect Poem Award | Purple Jupiter

Purple Jupiter’s poem ‘Every 17 Seconds’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.

When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?
Vuyelwa Maluleke:
I was appalled by the rape stats in SA at the time and my response was this poem. Because I know too many women who have been violated. Because there is still something to be said, because I want little girls…

When I write, I am vigilant about not thinking about an audience’s response to my work. I write knowing someone will listen, so there are conventions I attempt to adhere to but more importantly it’s about the thing, person, feeling, or situation and if I tell that story well then an audience will feel what they feel and whatever that is, it’ll be good enough.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
The Word & Sound fam was supportive and receiving…that’s more than any writer expects sometimes. It’s great!

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
LOVEGLORI…there’s soul and victory in everything they sing! I love that.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
‘How many little girls do you need to break into before you have enough pieces to put yourself back together with?’

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
It’s kind! It’s also maybe a little unfair because perfection is so relative.

. . . . . . . . . .

HOW TO VOTE

It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

Tagged , , , ,

Perfect Poem Award | Mandi Poefficient Vundla

Mandi Poefficient Vundla’s poem ‘The Starving Preface’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.

When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?

I don’t write for the audience. 
It’s first for me, they are secondary. 
So I really have no expectations. I am however delighted when some one says “that piece moved me, and I can’t get it out of my mind”. 
When my poems speak not only to me but to the listeners as well to a point that they begin to question my content and the depth of its truth…all is well with my soul



.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
Some couldn’t believe I mention Mandela 
but when it came to “Our poverty is the 8th wonder of the world” 
aaahhhhhhh, the crowd amused me. 
Their response was so random. I didn’t expect that line to make people cry the way they did. 
Their applause intercepted my poem from “Children drawing imaginary friends to cry on”.

Like I said, I write first for me, so it’s humbling when your audience understands and relates to what you’re talking about



.

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
TOURISTS: Who cant wait to blabber about our state of poverty when their fathers are responsible for it and for killing us.Americans will come to S.A on a sponsored trip under 
some endeavor to save Africa, you ask why they are 
here, they say oh I’m here on an UN-AID or some other program/project, to save Africa. They should save Africa from their homes by 
telling their fathers to stop killing us. 
THE ANC needs to quit prostituting our poverty 
when they are responsible for it

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
OBVIOUS….
and the thing is, I never chose this line
, the people did
: “OUR POVERTY IS THE 8TH WONDER OF THE GLOBE”

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
Serves as confirmation
. *Singing* 
I WAS BORN FOR THIS Oh oh oh yesss!! *Singing*

. . . . . . . . . .

HOW TO VOTE

It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

Tagged ,

Perfect Poem Award | King Nova

King Nova’s poem ‘The House That We Built’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.

When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?
I remember being annoyed with my class-privileged friends saying that I “worry too much about poor people” and that I wasn’t around when Apartheid happened. This poem was written in response to the overwhelming ignorance that prevails around the South African condition and, really, the lack of compassion shown by people who are not directly affected by the sort of issues that actually imprison the daily lives of others.

This poem is a house. And in building it, I hoped that the audience would understand that South Africa belongs to all who live in it and therefore, we are all responsible for what becomes of it in future. We can only move towards better when every citizen is willing to acknowledge the role played by themselves and their ancestors in the creation of our current situation.

That means: an end to Apartheid denialism and all the denialism around white and male privilege and also for People of Colour to love themselves again without subjecting themselves to a self-imposed white supremacist gaze.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
If I remember correctly, the poem was well-received. And it won me Queen of the Mic that day. Like a boss.

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
The group would have to be South Africa, from the people at the top of the hierarchy to the very bottom. From government to Black people to white people to the rich and the poor – everybody all at once because this poem reveals the connection between everyone and their circumstances, whether good or bad.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
“And, we must have been playing house
, that’s the only way to explain it
. When the tortured psyche of a people 
somehow becomes worldwide entertainment.”

For me, this phrase captures the essence of my message. South Africa finds itself in this position today because the old wounds have not healed and it seems that the leadership was all too keen to put up a brave face for the world in order to continue their agendas while presenting the sham that was the TRC and ignoring the fact that South Africa is a traumatised nation.

This connects to how the leadership is always able to pull out their struggle credentials for election campaigns and suspend their voters in fear while shunning accountability for the state of the nation. Everything is connected. If the foundation of a house is questionable then the rest of the structure will suffer the same fate.

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
It’s wonderful. I like to write memorable poems so the fact that this is one of them makes me tres proud of myself.

. . . . . . . . . .

HOW TO VOTE

It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

The category is inspired by Kojo Baffoe’s poem in which he is “on a quest to find the perfect poem, a gentle balance between word, rhythm and thought …a poem that sends the moon and sun dancing over the skyline hand in hand”.

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

Tagged , ,

Perfect Poem Award | Andrew Manyika

Andrew Manyika’s poem ‘Make-Up (Your Mind)’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.

When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?
I hoped that the poem would say something to everyone, but especially the female members of the audience, about self-esteem. The idea behind the poem is the difficulty of dealing with insecurities in other people and in ourselves.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
The feedback was resoundingly positive. So much so, that I’ve started including the poem in most of my performances and I think it’ll make it to the CD when it comes out. The fam received it to an extent that exceeded my expectations.

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?

To any woman battling with insecurity. The reason is that there’s a beauty in women that transcends physical characteristics. This beauty, sadly, is often lost on them at some stage in their lives. Or they become aware of it in theory but not practice. I’d perform this poem for them to bridge that gap.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
“You were truer than Athena springing from Zeus’ head, you were Gods’ idea…”

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
For this particular poem it feels a little like things have come full circle. I’ll explain: when I first joined the WordnSound Fam, Afurakan nicknamed me “CSI”. Now, I got the idea for this poem while watching an episode of CSI wherein they were about to conduct an autopsy on a lady who was wearing heavy make-up so they had to remove that first. So, it literally is my CSI inspired poem.
 In general though, it feels very humbling. Because I can see the magnitude of what WordnSound will become, I know these are going to be highly esteemed awards in time, so I’m quite pleased to be a nominee.

. . . . . . . . . .

HOW TO VOTE

It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

The category is inspired by Kojo Baffoe’s poem in which he is “on a quest to find the perfect poem, a gentle balance between word, rhythm and thought …a poem that sends the moon and sun dancing over the skyline hand in hand”.

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

Tagged , ,

Perfect Poem Award | Masai Dabula

Masai Dabula’s poem ‘What Do You Know About Freedom’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.

When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?
We are not alone, we all go through struggles but the one that is mostly detrimental to us all is ignorance. The purpose of the poem was to adjure people to start questioning what governs us and question what determines morality.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
Lol! I can never say. I wish it was positive, because I really do write for my health and a positive sign is good in poetry. All in all, we can never tell what the audience thinks but I’ve been receiving immense love and I’m grateful for that positivity.

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
I wish God was human for a day. I know that’s a bit far-fetched but wishful thinking never harmed anyone. But for now, I’d like to recite the poem for the president because I feel like the people and the president are not on the same page.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
‘Why would I leave these four visible walls for more invisible walls.” But why deprive yourself of the whole poem? Lol!

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
Yho! YOh! Honoured, it’s more of an incentive to my hard work. Just being nominated is full proof that we the youth of Azania can inspire change in more than one way…

                        


. . . . . . . . . .

HOW TO VOTE

It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

The category is inspired by Kojo Baffoe’s poem in which he is “on a quest to find the perfect poem, a gentle balance between word, rhythm and thought …a poem that sends the moon and sun dancing over the skyline hand in hand”.

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

Tagged , ,

Perfect Poem Award | KB Kilobyte aka The Spartan

KB Kilobyte’s poem ‘Joburg Let My People Go’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.

When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?
I was hoping they’d be taken back to their own experiences of being in Jozi. There is a host of emotions that I feel when I perform this poem because it’s sooo real and I hope it resonates in everyone in the room because of it’s truth.

Most of the content I wrote walking up and down Bree going to WnS actually. I hope the audience and fellow poets learn how potent a poem becomes when it’s real and close to the heart, and the reality of that poem.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
Very well, some felt I should have won that leg of the slam. But I won their hearts and that means the world to me.

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
I’ve already performed it for God, let me choose someone else,..I would say amongst many, bra Hugh Masekela. I think his “Stimela” song/poem is one of his best works ever. It’s great to see that a person I consider an icon and legend in the arts shares such views on the issue.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?


”The millions that make you billions are shackled in shacks/ I have come to return the human in blacks.”

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
An honour, especially considering that a year ago I was so cocooned in Pretoria fearing how the Joburg audience would receive me. I’m truly grateful and humbled.

. . . . . . . . . .

HOW TO VOTE

It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

The category is inspired by Kojo Baffoe’s poem in which he is “on a quest to find the perfect poem, a gentle balance between word, rhythm and thought …a poem that sends the moon and sun dancing over the skyline hand in hand”.

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

Tagged ,

INTERVIEW: THANDOKUHLE MNGQIBISA

What inspired the title of your book?
In 2007/2008 I wrote a poem that ended my writers block. The idea was that I was literally “frantic. Fanatically searching…” for that entity that would make me matter as a writer. I was exploring all tangible realms and philosophical existence. I described my thoughts as a “speeding vortex” to clarify that I had thoughts. Many thoughts. Each that could be sold to a crowd for applause–“snaps… And claps” but that wouldn’t let me win this battle because it was stagnant–competing against something foreign, using something foreign and undefined. It was at a time when I was just learning my confidence and was playing with rhyme scheme and rhythm. At the end of the piece I make it fun and silly to highlight how this poetry underground can actually be. I “surprise poets with their own demise…” because, suddenly, I’ve become SOOO relevant that my one big word kills all their many words. Lol. It represents a long journey from this philosophical place whence I come. It represents the shallow poet–the poet who broke free from the shackles of having to be deep and always recite poems that are great lyrically AND have an amazing message and gave birth to the woman who could do all that AND write about nothing… And make it sound good. The book is named after that poem. It is a symbol of the fact that I matter as a writer. It is literally that one big word.

 

How long did it take to compile the book?
Gosh. Many of the poems are a few years old. I started to think seriously about putting a book together late 2011 but the decision was finally made around March 2012 and the book was ready late October 2012. Normally it doesn’t need to take so long but because of the artwork inside it, I had to correspond with the designer consistently–we were changing things and adding and removing poems and all the complications that come with this kind of work.

What are some of the challenges you faced in compiling the book?
The biggest challenge is, as always, money. Printing the quality that I wanted was not cheap. You can choose cheaper options but even when it’s cheap to print the books, it isn’t free. The second biggest challenge was (and is) making the book available to people. Generally big book stores don’t keep self-published books. Getting it into book stores has been a full-time job. It’s exhausting! The other challenges are all the small little irritations associated with working with other people–your own ignorance and theirs. The first sample book I got was made with photocopier paper and the colour on the cover was peeling. I nearly swore at the idiot who made it. Lol. But my lack of knowledge regarding paper thickness and binding techniques etc meant that I couldn’t give him a proper image of what I needed. His lack of interest in the project, as a cog turning for a big company, meant that he wasn’t terribly interested in finding out precisely what I was looking for. Being employed full-time is also a rather big challenge. Sometimes I work 28 hour shifts and that often means I don’t have time to go and see the sample that is ready or I can’t have a conversation about what I need changed etc until 2 days have passed. It causes significant delays and is fairly frustrating! You don’t know how difficult it is until you know. I would recommend everyone do this for themselves at some point.

Did you have a specific audience in mind when you started compiling the book?
It’s strange. I’ve always had a soft spot for those just a little younger than me. I always feel as though I owe it to them to give them my eyes and experience so that, if they’re open to it, they can learn. But… People in their early 20s aren’t typically very receptive to differing opinions and learning that isn’t secular so, in the end, I felt that the 35 and upwards crowd would be more suited to my writing. From what I had seen from the various stages I have stood on, the older crowd likes my work a lot more than the younger crowd. The thoughts I have resonate more with them (when I’m not being intentionally juvenile, silly in the pieces) and that those with whom it doesn’t resonate could possibly pull out of their comfort zone just enough to learn, even from us (yes. That’s not a real word. Lol).

Also, I am very middle class. My poetry speaks of all the things I see… Including poverty… But I suspect that it may have a very middle class slant so I probably write for the middle class with their middle class issues as opposed to the many poets I’ve heard on Johannesburg stages who tend to speak to a disenfranchised group–especially relating to the scourge of poverty.

Having said that, I prefer never to limit access to my work by restricting it to a specific age group. Anyone who can enjoy, should.

What is your advice for any young writers that are interested in publishing their work?
Love/adore/worship your work first–get excited about seeing/reading your own poems. Understand them. Give them their time.
Be strong. It isn’t easy.
Save up. It isn’t cheap.
Define your goals and let them guide you. If you want fame–give people whatever will make them give you fame. If you want respect… Etc

How does one know when they are ready to publish their work?
Lol. I don’t know. I made the official decision to publish after performing at a TEWOP slam and having literary academics (the judges) come up to me and say “you should publish your work” afterwards. It felt like affirmation–that I had thought about it and someone else had agreed. It was then that I decided I couldn’t let my small-minded dreams and over-powering need to be smaller stop me from doing it.

Poetry has evolved over the years and now it seems like everyone has their own way of defining poetry, so what is your definition of poetry?
Personally, poetry is a way to make every day things sound interesting or look different. I think there’s a lot of emotional manipulation in poetry these days–crowds want that–it’s great. But I also think we forget that it doesn’t have to make the crowd gasp and cry every single time. It’s a literary device. Sometimes it’s a different vantage point of something fairly boring. That’s me.

Which authors/books have had an influence on your work and you as a person?
There are amazing poets whose work I love but who have had no influence on my work or myself as a person. And there are authors/poets whose work I don’t particularly love but have an effect on what I do. Starbook by Ben Okri had an effect on my writing. I don’t particularly like the book–I couldn’t finish it–it’s possibly too heavy for me, but it taught me a more narrative poetry-that things could sound beautiful without rhyming or using any of the “tricks” we use in poetry. Makhosazana Xaba is a BIG influence on my more recent poetry. She has a simplicity with words that makes the beauty of it unbelievable. Philip K. Dick has had an effect on me as a person or, to be more accurate, as a writer. His imagination is astounding. He always leaves me dumbstruck. He isn’t an amazing writer but his imagination makes all his stories worth reading. These three are the closest that I will come to letting any author influence me.

What lessons do you hope your readers will take from your book?
The main thing I want people to take away is that life sucks… But that it always gets better. I also want people to realise that we dream too small. Be an author. Dream bigger. Be what your voice tells you to be before you shush it and tell it never to gxbukela again. I want young girls to learn a bit about their worth. I want young boys to learn a bit about their worth. I want people to learn love. And anger.

Are you planning on publishing more books in the future?
Definitely. I’m already working on the second one. I’ve been on a bit of a writing spree. This one will have many shorter pieces. It will be more mature and more raw–there’s a lot of pain in it already even though it is only halfway to being finished.

I was also challenged by a publisher to write a novel. He said “real writers write novels”. Lol. I’m not sure about that yet. And I’ve also been toying with the idea of writing an autobiographical self-help coupled with some research surrounding the issue of spousal rape in South Africa. These would require an amount of focus that I currently can’t give them (the novel and self-help) , with the current book and work taking up so much of my mind.. But hopefully within the next 5 years. Keep up with me on
Twitter: @okuhle_m
Tumblr: www.thandokuhle.tumblr.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DrThandokuhle
Website: www.thandokuhle.com
Email: info@thandokuhle.com
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/search?q%5Bfulltext%5D=Thandokuhle+Mngqibisa

A Tale Of Three Loves With Ian Kamau

Yesterday I made an incredible find.

So hosting Ian Kamau at July’s Word N Sound Xtra was one of the highlights for the year. In the run up to the show I fully immersed myself in his work and loved every bit of it.

I fell most in love with his ‘Vol. 3 – Love And Other Struggles’ mixtape. (Get it here is you have yet ). Track 9 is a very short cover track, ‘The Girl’, that had me almost begging for more. Yesterday I stumbled onto three video interpretations of the song that Kamau produced.

Each video explored a different kind of love in such simple ways it had me in awe. So I had to share.

When I’m old and grey I hope to see many more couples my age in love, holding hands and yes, even kissing in public – but lets not have any full all making out, that could be a little awkward…maybe. I don’t see very many old couples and even fewer elderly couples who are still visibly affectionate so this video was really endearing.

Hey man it’s a little boy helping his mom to bake, who wouldn’t love that. Although I think if it had been a black man and his son, that would have added a lot more to the story. But that’s also coz I’m fascinated by the relationship between black fathers and their children.

The video ends with a url: http://www.88days.ca, do what I did, visit the site. I love bumping into new music and when it has a whole community of creative behind it, it’s even more of a trip.

“88 Days Of Fortune is a Toronto based, grass roots, queer, trans and straight identifified, music and multimedia collective. As a community driven, youth-led organization, our mission is to support collective members to develop their creative and artistic practices through: Providing a platform to showcase their art, creating independent music videos, producing and recording albums, touring, peer mentorship and more.”

Sharing is caring so if you bump into anything cool, do the right thing. 😉 Share your cool finds on our Facebook page: Word N Sound Poetry and Live Music Series or on Twitter: @WordNSound

Tagged , ,