‘Rise Of The Underdogs’, ‘Word N Sound Presents’ and ‘Word N Sound Poetry Corner’ are three new spoken word and live music events that’s are set to add a much needed freshness to the current Johannesburg entertainment landscape.
‘Rise of the Underdogs’ is a new and exciting platform for emerging and unsigned live music bands to showcase their works to new audiences and re-ignite a culture of live music appreciation in Johannesburg. The monthly events will be hosted at SABC studios which boast world class stage, lighting and sound facilities.
The main goal of ‘Rise of the Underdogs’ is to assist emerging or unsigned artists to thrive in the industry, and create a credible performance track record. Showcasing their music to various audiences will also go a long way in helping emerging talent to build a following and even sell their products directly to potential markets.
The first instalment of the live music showcase will take place on 30 March at SABC Studio V1A from 2-5pm. Tickets will be sold at the door for R50.
Word N Sound Presents aims to showcase exemplary artists, give support to one wo/man shows and offer audiences a show with a shorter format than our regular 6 hour shows. Whether the show is a poetical, 1-man show or poetry & music performance, is left to the artist. The aim, is to allow artists an avenue to present their offering to the audience, prior to (or after) the official launch of any such show; and for the audience to connect with performers whose work they enjoy, and meet artists whose work they may connect with.
This first edition – “Word N Sound Presents Modise Sekgothe” will take place on March 27th, at Sophiatown Restaurant on 7th Street in Melville. Tickets will be available at the door for only R50.00.
Modise Sekgothe, formerly known as “Fragment of da Youniverse”, is a poet, playwright and actor who has previously taken to the Word N Sound stage individually and as part of the ensemble cast of “The Funeral”. He melds his highly visual writing style with a calm, yet finely nuanced delivery to present masterful poetry. So masterful in fact, that Modise was the recipient of the Word N Sound Best Showcase Award at the second Word N Sound Awards. He has also performed at the Izimbongi Poetry Festival, The Word N Sound Festival and presented his play “The Funeral” at POPArt in the Maboneng Precinct.
The Poetry Corner brings back a much needed non-competitive open mic platform where budding poets and spoken word enthusiasts can share and appreciate works and voices. As the corner stone of performance development, open mic platforms offer emerging artists the opportunity to perform to a small audience, build confidence and receive worthwhile feedback.
The Word N Sound Poetry corner takes place every Wednesday of the month at The Light House on 7th from 7pm. Tickets are available at the door for only R20.