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…

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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


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

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