2 | 9 | 16 | 23 | 30 APRIL – THE WORD N SOUND POETRY CORNER
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 cornerstone of performance development, open mic platforms offer emerging artists the opportunity to perform in intimate settings, building their confidence and receiving worthwhile feedback.
The Light House on 7th, Melville | 7pm.
5 APRIL – WORD N SOUND SEASON 4 | EPISODE 3 FEAT THE WNS ALL-STARS
4 Seasons, more than 25 Episodes and 375 poems later; the Word N Sound Series has left an indelible mark on the Johannesburg, and South African Poetry scene. One of the major highlights of the Series, is the Open Mic Poetry League, which at the end of every episode, leaves one competitor with the coveted title of King/Queen of the Mic.
In all this time, and in the aftermath of all these battles and vying for glory, there have been some faces that have stuck with, and become part of the Word N Sound family. Having taken their craft beyond this stage to engage audiences as far afield as Cardiiff, and as quintessentially South African as Cape-Town, some of the stars of these shows return once again to the Word N Sound Stage to give us all a taste of what enabled them to stay the course. Click here for the Facebook event page
The inaugural Word N Sound All Stars Show will feature the talents of Afurakan, Andrew Manyika, Mandi Poeffecient Vundla, Mutle Mothibe, Xongani Maluleka, Bonga Ndziweni, KB Kilobyte and Mpho Khosi. This is one for the history books, don’t miss it.
Market Thetare Laboratory | R50 | 12-6pm | R50
24 APRIL – WORD N SOUND PRESENTS MAKHAFULA VILAKAZI
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 Makhafula Vilakazi” 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
27 APRIL – RISE OF THE UNDERDOGS
‘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.