INTERVIEW: KABOMO VILAKAZI

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1. You are often described as an artistic jack of all trades, how challenging has it been balancing being a musician, poet, writer, filmmaker, actor and producer over the years?
it really hasn’t been an effort. It is part of who i am. my work defines me. inside myself the roles are not separated. it is just life to me.
2. How were you introduced to poetry?
by a very talented lady who is a poet. she introduced me to not just poetry but to writing and literature in general. it totally saved my life.
3. Do poets make good songwriters?
 they do, but it is a separate skill. sometimes poets tend to overwrite simple concepts for a song. but when a song needs depth, poets are perfect for making songs.
4. How many poems have you turned into songs and why?
none. by process for writing poems is so different to making songs. it’s like i am a different person. the paths rarely meet.
5. What do you think of the standard of songwriting in SA? Who is getting it right? Who is not?

RJ Benjamin, Maleh, Samthing Soweto, Pebbles, Zubz get it perfectly.

6. When you spoke of performing at Word N Sound, you were quite adamant that you wanted to perform poems. Have you missed the poetry scene?

i have missed reading my poems to an appreciative audience. i haven’t missed the scene though.

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7. Who are your all time favourite poets (locally and internationally) and why them?
Keorapetse Kgositsile, Lesego Rampolokeng, jessica care moore, amiri baraka
8. You have performed on the Word N Sound stage before. How was that experience and how did the audience receive you?
it was beautiful. such a loving, open-hearted audience. i am looking forward to seeing them again.
9. What advice do you have for the current generation of active poets?
find your own unique voice. be honest. be fearless.
10. What would you like the audience to take away from your performance?
that i write my poems as a testimony of my flawed but equally loved life. that the beauty comes from both the dark and light corners of my life.

One thought on “INTERVIEW: KABOMO VILAKAZI

  1. zanele says:

    this interview with Kabomo gives me clarity as a poet. wise questions intelligent answers!

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