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.
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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;
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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