Introducing the top 6…yep 6!

Remember remember the 6th

It was the first Saturday of the month and as our hordes of faithful fans know, that just means it’s Word N Sound Saturday. So we said to ourselves, “We’ll have a show”; and Eskom said “No, you won’t”. And so it was with great sadness, that for the first time in the history of Word N Sound Poetry and Live Music Series, we had to cancel an episode due to a power outage in Newtown that affected our venue.

As a testament to how big a part of our lives the show has become, it wasn’t until a good two hours after the notices announcing the cancellation had gone up, that the last of our audience members left (still in disbelief), and we thank you for that support.

So, I know what you’re thinking, “If the show got cancelled, and the festival begins in less than a month, who’s competing in the Open Mic Finale?”

This question also presented an interesting conundrum to the team at Word N Sound; and after much deliberation, some raised voices, tears, and of course sandwiches; we came to a resolution that we hope meets everybody as close to halfway as possible.

The League standings on the morning of the 6th

10. Southern Comfort – 458 points
9. Apiwe – 459 points
8. Puleng Zealot – 473 points
7. Monica Fumez – 642 points
6. Zewande Bhengu – 732 points
5. No LIFE – 750 points
4. Bafentse Ntlokoa – 772 points
3. Nkosinathi Gaar – 901.5 points
2. Thando Bhuthelezi – 963 points
1. Xabiso Vili – 1 230 points

Looking at the average points scored each month, Zewande Bhengu had the best chance of making it into the Top 5 had this month’s slam taken place. We have therefore decided to go with a Top 6 as there is not enough time to host another slam before the Festival that kicks off on 3 October.

At this point I would just like to reiterate that this was not a decision that we took lightly but it was imperative for us to plot a way forward. And so, for the first time in the 4year history of the Word N Sound International Youth Poetry & Live  Music Festival, there will be Six (6) contestants vying for the coveted King/Queen of the Mic title, and they are: Bafentse Ntlokoa, Nkosinathi Gaar, Zewande #McMora Bhengu, NoLIFE, Xabiso Vili, and Thando Bhuthelezi.

We foresee fireworks in our future, and trust you’ll be there to see them at the Word N Sound International Youth Poetry + Live Music Festival: 3-8 October in Johannesburg & Cape Town.

2014 Open Mic Poetry League standings

It certainly has been an interesting year for the Word N Sound Poetry League. Pretoria came out to play…hard. Xabiso Vili and Nkosinathi Gaar have been giving Joburg poets a run for their money. Women have also been claiming their space in the slam with Bafentse, Monica Fumez and Thando The Poet gunning for the Top 5 spots.

After 7 months of SA’s toughest Slam we are proud to announce the Top 10.

#10 – Soutern Comfort

#9 – Apiwe

#8 – Puleng Zealot

#7 – Monica Fumez

#6 – Zewande #McMora Bhengu

#5 – No Life

#4 – Bafentse Ntlokoa

#3 – Nkosinathi Gaar

#2 – Thando The Poet

#1 – Xabiso Vili

After our last Word N Sound Series show this Saturday, the Top 5 on the league will face each other at the finale at the 4th annual Word N Sound International Youth Poetry and Live Music Festival on 4 October 2014.

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League Standings: Round 7 | 4 Aug

With just over a week to the final round of the open mic before the grand finale in October, my inbox is flooded with requests for the current league standings.

The Top 10 in the league will all perform at the Word N Sound Festival on October 6. However, only the Top 5 compete for the ultimate crown of 2012 Word N Sound Open Mic Champion.

So far here is your line up for the Festival (of course things could…no, will change after our show next Saturday, September 1.

The current top 10 looks something like this;

  1. Mandi Vundla 654.5
  2. Conelius Jones 641
  3. Forgotten Planet 553.5
  4. Mpho Khosi 518.1
  5. Masai Dabula 511.5
  6. Andrew Manyika 470.5
  7. KB Kilobyte 462.5
  8. Bonga Ndzweni 440
  9. Purple Jupiter 423.5
  10. Diema Dika 341

There are at least 150 points that will be awarded at the finale so its still an open game.

Good luck to everyone entering the Open Mic next week.

See you Saturday 1 September for a beautiful Spring Day with KB Kilobyte, Mpho Khosi and Kagiso Tshepe. R500 up for grabs for the best poem on the open mic courtesy of BlackCouch Sofserv Aaah Whuuuu!

Emonti On Bree (Cnr Quinn and Bree – Newtown) | 12pm | R40

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The latest scores for the Word N Sound Open Mic Poetry League are finally in. Apologies they took so long but as our dear Queen Mandi would say ‘the stakes are too high’ and we can not afford any more mistakes (neh Mpho).

So we have; 1 new entry, 1 drop out and a wider gap between our No.1 and 2

The current league standings are as follows
10. Purple Jupiter 372.5 points (down 4 spots)
9. KB 404 (new entry)
8. Ahimza 417.75 (down 3 spots)
7. Andrew 420 (up 3 spots)
6. Bonga 439.5 (up 2 spots)

5. Masai 458 (up 2 spots)
4. Mpho 487.5
3. No Life 498.75
2. Conelius Jones 594.5
1. Mandi 600

Before last month there were only 2 points between current no 1 Mandi Poefficient and Mr Conelius Jones. After her title winning performance last month though, there are now 5.5 ponts between the two.

Our reigning Supreme King of the Mic 2011, Masai Dabula, has finally worked his way back into the Top 5. If he stays right there, he’ll secure himself an opportunity to defend that title at the festival on SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER, where the Top 5 at the end of September’s episode will compete for the title of Supreme King/Queen of the Mic 2012.

Now the only question is…who will claim the R1000 that is up for grabs for the best performance of the day this Saturday. Big up to Blackcouch Sofserv for the sponsorship, and if you know The Chairman, then you know that only the best impresses him. So good luck and bring fire.

DON’T FORGET: This Saturday is a bumper edition of the Open Mic so there will be 5 extra spot open to absolutely anyone who wants to step on stage. Doors open at 12pm, get there real early in you plan to get onto the open Mic.

The show will begin at 1pm and features the ever so beautiful Natalia Molebatsi (fresh from her trip to London as part of SA’s official arts delegation), the comic and 2011 Open Mic Finalist Bonga Ndziweni,  and the talented Emmah Rhema Mabye holding it down for Pretoria. R40 gets you in to Emonti Diner on Bree, this Saturday 4 August 2012.

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A major upset because we have never made such an error since the beginning of Word N Sound. So there is a correction that needs to be made and an apology that must be offered.

I calculate the scores each month and give the names of the Top 5 to Afurakan to announce. This month however I made an error in which names I handed over.

It would appear that I now owe Mpho Khosi an apology for denying his poem, that was impeccably crafted and beautifully performed, a spot in the Top 5. In our tightest results yet, Mpho actually came in 1 point after Mandi our Queen of The Mic.

The official top five is;
1. Mandi Poefficient 91 points
2. Mpho Khosi 90 points
3. Conelius Jones and Forgotten Planet 87.5 points
4. Masai Dabula 85.5 points
5. Concept TIM 85 points

So we’ll run with this Top 5 at next month’s show (4 August). This means there will only be 9 spots open on the day for the open mic.

To ensure such silliness never happens again. I will make sure one of the Word N Sound crew take a second look at the scores before handing them over for Top 5 announcement.

Mpho, I apologise yet again for my grave error, your poem was close to flawless and that Donald Byrd number in the back…yoh, FIRE!

PS: If this was a reality show, this mix up would have made for good TV neh?

Qhakaza Mthembu
Word N Sound Co-Founder


With just three more rounds till the finals of the Word N Sound open mic poetry league, the competition is certainly heating up.

If you missed last month’s show, here is a quick reminder of your top 5 for this month:
5. Schrodinger’s Cat
4. Masai Dabula
3. Mandi Poefficient
2. Ellipsis…
1. Cornelius Jones

So good luck to the 5 of you, lets hope you can keep your spot and a little note to the newcomers, if you thought cracking it into the top 5 was a challenge, just imagine what it takes to stay there.

Now for the finale, which is fast approaching (this is when everyone takes out their diaries to jot down SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2012) all that matters are each poet’s points on the Word N Sound Poetry League.

And I must say, with 3 new entries on the league’s top 10, a new number one and number two with only 7 points between them…Saturday’s show is set to be real interesting.

The current standings on league are as follows;

  1. Mandi 509 points (up 1 spot)
  2. Cornelius Jones 507 points (up 1 spot)
  3. No Life 455 points (down 2 spots)
  4. Mpho 397.5 points
  5. Ahimza 374 points (new top 10 entry)
  6. Purple Jupiter 372.5 points
  7. Masai 366.5 points (up 2 spots)
  8. Bonga 365 points
  9. Diema Dika 341 points (new top 10 entry)
  10. Andrew 335 points (new top 10 entry)

As per Word N Sound tradition, the top 5 on the league at the end of September’s show will do battle at the finale while those who hold spots 6 – 10 will perform a piece on the night.

So…3 shows to go. Who will take this year’s crown of Word N Sound King/Queen of the mic?



The open mic poetry league standings after the May 5 show are as follows:
1. No Life 445
2. Mandi 419
3. Cornelius Jones 405 (up 2 spots)
4. Mpho 397.5
5. KB 322 (down 2 spots)

6. Purple Jupiter 304
7. Nova 295 (down 1 spot)
8. Bonga 282 (up 2 spots)
9. Masai 278.5 (up 5 spots)
10. Tumi 266

11. Diema Dika
12. Cymon 240
13. Pilgrim 199.5
14. DMA 174.5
15. IllKid 152
16. Hishaam 130
17. Blessing 120
18. Bonny Blue 115
19. Moonchild 106
20. Zwee 97

4. Mandi AND Purple Jupiter
3. Ahimza
2. Andrew
1. Cornelius Jones

Will Mr Jones retain his Crown as the King of the Mic or will he be dethroned? Find out Saturday, June 2, Emonti Diner on Bree.

LEAGUE STANDINGS: Round 3 | 7 April

No Life is currently leading the Word N Sound Open Mic Poetry League. Can he keep this up?

The current poetry standings after our 7 April show
1 No Life 382 (up 1 spot)
2 Mandi 335 (up 4 spots)
3 KB 322 (down 1 spot)
4 Mpho 317 (up 1 spot)
5 Cornelius Jones 308 (down 3 spots)
6 Nova 295 (down 2 spots)
7 Tumi 266 (same position)
8 Cymon 240 (up 1 spot)
9 Purple Jupiter 220 (up 5 spots)
10 Bonga 219.5 (up 3 spots)

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11 Diema Dika 219
12 Ahimza 204.5
13 Pilgrim 199.5
14 Masai 198.5
16 Andrew 160
17 Ill Kid 152
18 Hishaam 130
19 Blessing 120
20 Bonny Blue 115
21 DMA 114.5
22 Moonchild 106
23 Zwee 97
24 Pensive 95
25 Brenda 94
26 Isah 83
27 Busiswa 54.5
28 Illustrative 50.5
29 Kanya 35
30 Assassin 29
31 Makho 28