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Review: Season 4 | Episode 7

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Review: Season 4 | Episode 5

Last week we hosted Mak Manaka, Lucas Pilgrim Serei and BlaqSeed at the Market Theatre Laboratory. Mandi Vundla and the Word N Sound fam reviews the show.

Firstly, I will begin by saying I was full to the brim with excitement over being back at our main venue as the previous show was hosted at the Barney Simon Theatre, depriving us of our homely comfort.

There truly is no place like home. We have entered the winter chills but the harsh change of season didn’t deter those eager to slam. At 9.20am the PTA poets had filled up half the open mic list. The early bird catches the open mic list, walala wasala!!

The competitive levels were at an all time high and the poets were armed for the epic battle. We were disappointed that Bafentse Ntlokoa chose not to defend her title, but this worked well for Modise Sekgothe who arrived in the middle of the slam only to find her slot vacant. Congratulations to him for exploiting her absence and walking away with the coveted King Of The Mic title. We’re ecstatic to see Xabiso’s return to the Top 5, now do what you must to stay there. The trending topic of the slam was love and ex’s, cupid must have been ecstatic.

The show progressed smoothly into Pilgrims set. We’re relieved he made it to the show unscathed after his house burnt down 24hrs before his performance. Your dedication to your craft is commendable. SALUTE!

It was a pleasure to witness that Mak Manaka hasn’t lost his touch, though his memory strayed, he found his way back to us and we were there patiently waiting for poems we hadn’t heard from him in a very long time.

Blaqseed wound up a majestic show with beautiful music. What better way to end the show?

Join us for our next Word N Sound Series show on 5 July 2014. Keep your eye on our Facebook page and Twitter account for more info.

Review: Season 4 | Episode 2 – Tongue Fu

On 1 March 2014 we had the great honour of hosting Chris Redmond’s popular show, Tongue Fu. Thanks to the British Council’s Connect ZA, Chris flew into the country with pianist Arthur Lea for three shows; one in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

The Joburg show featured Luka Lesson (Australia), Mutle Mothibe and Vuyelwa Maluleke. Lwazilubanzi Mthembu, head of Word N Sound’s Live Music division put together the most amazing band; Lerato Lichaba (guitar), Ross Ramsunder (Drums), Mojalefa Mofokeng (percussion) and Thembinkosi Mavimbela (Double bass).

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Review: Season 4 Episode 1

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Believe in your dreams…I dare you

The Word N Sound Festival was by far one of the most fulfilling weekends of my life. When panning the Festival, Joshua Bennett was just a dream, a little something we (kinda jokingly) threw out to the universe. And if there is one thing this movement has taught me is simply to dare to believe in all your dreams.

Each time an artist agreed to be a part of the line up we were incredibly humbled and equally frightened by how big the Festival was getting. Could we pull it off? That question literally kept me up at night. But we did it. We had a phenomenal Festival and the entire Word N Sound fam (and boy is that fam HUGE) came out to show love and support.

The Open Mic Finale was a perfect indication of what the year has been, nothing but petrol bomb poems and poets ready to fill body bags. Madd madd love and congratulations must go out to Queen Mandi you fought hard all year for that title and your poem was so honest and real that it nearly made me cry (and we all know that that is Afurkan’s job).

The ‘Poetry Is’ segment was quite a trip. I am unashamedly a Mutle Mothibe groupie for days, he never disappoints. The gorgeous Napo Masheane brought sheer grace and finesse to the Word N Sound stage. When I grow up I want to be FLAMES like this woman. Q Malewezi was the last poet to be added on the bill (2 nights before the show – yes, I panicked a little…then got MADD excited) but wow, it was amazing to hear what Malawi had to offer. Wow Y’rsa Daley-Ward accepted our invite with such excitement I couldn’t believe it. And then she stepped onto the stage and blew us all away with such ease it was actually quite funny to see and experience. Now at our events, I’m always running around, but for Joshua set I was seated in the front row and I could not care less if there was a crisis of any kind. The power in his words is alluring that man could spark a revolution with just one poem I tell you.

All in all I thought I was a major success and it was an amazing experience to have shared with you all. – by QHAKAZA MTHEMBU

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Qabaniso ‘Q’ Malewezi at the Word N Sound Poetry And Live Music Festival.

FESTIVAL REVIEW: The premiere poetry showcase in the country

In the run-up to the Word N Sound Festival 2012, I did a slate of promo interviews. A recurring question was “What is your opinion of Word N Sound?”. My answer has always been the same: “Word N Sound is the premiere poetry showcase in the country”. I think anybody who attended the Festival (or even just read the line-up) would call that assertion justified.

It began with the showcases of numbers 6 to 10 in the Open Mic, then numbers 5 to 1 who were in the finale. The biggest testament to how riveting this competition was, is the extremely vocal audience response to the announcement of the ultimate order of the Top 5. Afurakan had to step in to clarify the points system and the crowd was quelled.

Then came a feel-good musical performance by LoveGlori.

Wrapping the evening up neatly were the works of Mutle Mothibe; Napo Masheane; Yrsa Daley-Ward and Joshua Bennett as the headliners. It says something about what the audience thinks of a performer when they give a standing ovation before their set begins. It’s kinda like being on the set of Oprah.

Seriously though, to have that calibre of performer gracing the stage, all on the same day convinces me that Word N Sound will soon be a globally recognised force in poetry…in my biased opinion. – by ANDREW MANYIKA

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LoveGlori at the 2012 Word N Sound Poetry And Live Music Festival in Newtown.

FESTIVAL REVIEW: It was too epic

The this Season Finale of Word N Sound was too Epic, most definitely a reflection of what SA is about and I’m happy Joshua Bennett was there to witness this, most importantly, the finalists were really exceptionally good, they put their hearts and souls into their performances and the Fans we awesome, their support is ever so humbling! – by KB KILOBYTE AKA THE SPARTAN

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Joshua Bennett at the 2012 Word N Sound Festival in Newtown.

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Creativity, words and sounds we trust

To Queen Mandi Poefficient, I’ve been blessed with the honour to have witnessed thy rise.

Creativity, words and sounds that we trusted. All these aspects were entwined with a raw atmosphere. Since the calendar commenced, the stage was set ablaze and maintained and the WNS festival wasn’t an exception to be categorized as a triumph for art, manifesting a culture where dedication and love shown for poetry has never been so evident in young minds, truthfully teaching that words are certainly a battle cry.

To all writers from unified corners of the world who graced the stage, warm audience, Word N Sound team, this is an objective feeling of joy after such a historical event.

A lot of knowledge has been dearly acquired by I as a writer and by Forgotten Planet…Peace salutes!!! – by AHIMSA SEBATAGANE

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Napo Masheane at the 2012 Word N Sound Festival in Newtown.