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Spoken Freedom Festival Line Up Announced

In a rapidly changing socio-economic landscape, art takes the role of noting where we’ve been and, plots the path to where we’re going. Enter: The Spoken Freedom Festival. This Annual Festival is an exciting showcase of the best Spoken Word voices in South Africa, and takes place from the 3rd of July at the Market Theatre.

The Spoken Freedom Festival is first and foremost an exciting showcase. It provides both audiences and artists an opportunity to witness and partake of engaging artwork through the media of words, music and visuals. It’s a chance to collectively look at how far South Africa has come over the past two decades, and to position Spoken Word as a medium to both chronicle and shape the South African journey in the years to come.

This first edition of what will become an annual festival was born out of the shared visions of both the Word N Sound Live Literature Company, which seeks to provide an accessible platform for poets and poetry lovers to engage issues and enjoy art; and the Market Theatre, which provides a space for high quality theatrical productions to be staged and enjoyed.

“We are excited about partnering with the Market Theatre to host this ground-breaking festival. We look forward to seeing Spoken Word take a more prominent role in recording our collective journey as South Africans .” says Qhakaza Mthembu, Festival Director.

The Spoken Freedom Festival will feature screenings of pioneering poetry videos, an open mic slam and of course, performances by some of the leading lights among the spoken word voices in South Africa.

On Thursday 3 July, and Friday doors open at 19:30 with the Thursday shows featuring Conelius Jones, Makhafula Vilakazi & Napo Masheane; and the Friday show having performances by Vuyelwa Maluleke, Natalia Molebatsi and Multe Mothibe.

The weekend shows begin earlier with the Saturday show starting at 14:30 and featuring Andrew Manyika, Richard Quaz Roodt and Vangi Gantsho. The Final show will start at 15:00 and will see Tereska Muishond, Masai Dabula, Mandi Poeffecient Vundla and Modise Sekgothe taking to the stage.

Shows will be interspersed with an Open Mic Slam, Video screenings, and the four-
day programme will be hosted by the crown prince of Johannesburg Spoken Word- Afurakan Mohare.

The Spoken Freedom Festival will run from 3 – 6 July 2014 at the Barney Simon Theatre, Market Theatre Complex, Newtown. All shows cost R50 and the tickets will be available at the theatre’s Box Office.

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Perfect Poem Award | Andrew Manyika

Andrew Manyika’s poem ‘Make-Up (Your Mind)’ has been nominated for the first ever Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. Find out how to vote for this poem below.

When writing the poem, what did you hope the audience would take/experience/learn from it?
I hoped that the poem would say something to everyone, but especially the female members of the audience, about self-esteem. The idea behind the poem is the difficulty of dealing with insecurities in other people and in ourselves.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
The feedback was resoundingly positive. So much so, that I’ve started including the poem in most of my performances and I think it’ll make it to the CD when it comes out. The fam received it to an extent that exceeded my expectations.

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?

To any woman battling with insecurity. The reason is that there’s a beauty in women that transcends physical characteristics. This beauty, sadly, is often lost on them at some stage in their lives. Or they become aware of it in theory but not practice. I’d perform this poem for them to bridge that gap.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
“You were truer than Athena springing from Zeus’ head, you were Gods’ idea…”

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
For this particular poem it feels a little like things have come full circle. I’ll explain: when I first joined the WordnSound Fam, Afurakan nicknamed me “CSI”. Now, I got the idea for this poem while watching an episode of CSI wherein they were about to conduct an autopsy on a lady who was wearing heavy make-up so they had to remove that first. So, it literally is my CSI inspired poem.
 In general though, it feels very humbling. Because I can see the magnitude of what WordnSound will become, I know these are going to be highly esteemed awards in time, so I’m quite pleased to be a nominee.

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It’s so simple to show support for your favourite poem nominated for a Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award. All you have to do is;
1. Like our Facebook page,
2. Find your favourite poem on the page
3. Watch it and
4. Like it!

The video with the most likes + views wins. So get watching and liking, share with your friends all over the world. Voting closes: 7 Dec 12pm


The category is inspired by Kojo Baffoe’s poem in which he is “on a quest to find the perfect poem, a gentle balance between word, rhythm and thought …a poem that sends the moon and sun dancing over the skyline hand in hand”.

Conelius Jones – Never Meant To Stay
Mandi Poefficient Vundla – The Starving Preface
Mpho Khosi – Where Did It All Go Wrong
Purple Jupiter – Every 17 Seconds
Masai Dabula – What Do You Know About Freedom
King Nova – The House That We Built
Andrew Manyika – Make-Up (Your Mind)
KB Kilobyte – Joburg Let My People Go

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