Glitz! Glam! And… Poetry?! If the guys at the Word N Sound Live Literature Company are to be believed, then there is nothing wrong with this picture. This is the setting for the upcoming Word N Sound Awards, an occasion for the Company to honour the artists who have generously shared of their talents on the Word N Sound stage throughout 2014. The 22nd of November will see many of the poets and audience members descend on the Market Lab in Newtown in a flurry of glitz, glam and (yes) poetry.
The 2014 Word N Sound Awards mark the culmination of a year that saw the company launch the Spoken Freedom Festival and South Africa’s first ever poetry booking agency- Poetic Act; take their production “Slam For Your Life” to the National Arts Festival; and produce the 4th Annual Word N Sound International Youth Poetry Festival (headlined by Buddy Wakefield and Lebo Mashile). Whilst they are showing no signs of slowing down, the Word N Sound Awards provide a much needed light hearted occasion for everyone to let their hair down and take stock of what a rock n’ roll year it’s been.
“We see so many talented people on our stage every year, and 2014 has been no exception. The Award show gives us a chance to thank the artists, the audience and our partners. They’re also an entertaining way for us to collectively take a moment, and recharge for 2015”. Andrew Manyika, Word N Sound Marketing & PR Director.
The Award ceremony features the following categories: Poet of the Year, Best Newcomer, Best Showcase, Open Mic Champion, Perfect Poem and WNS Hounours. Voting for the Best Newcomer and Perfect Poem Awards will be open from 3 – 15 November. All the nominees and voting details will follow so keep your ear to the ground.
Previous winners in each category include:
Poet of the Year: Mandi Poefficient Vundla
Best Newcomer: Kaelow No Life Cords
Best Showcase: KB Kilobyte aka The Spartan
Perfect Poem: KingNova – The House That We Built
WNS Honours: Myesha Jenkins
Poet of the Year: Kaelow NoLIFE Cords
Best Newcomer: Apiwe Mjambane
Best Showcase: Modise Sekgothe
Perfect Poem: Manufacturing Kings – Elysium Garcia
WNS Honours: Xavi Black