KB Kilobyte’s poem ‘Joburg Let My People Go’ 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 was hoping they’d be taken back to their own experiences of being in Jozi. There is a host of emotions that I feel when I perform this poem because it’s sooo real and I hope it resonates in everyone in the room because of it’s truth.
Most of the content I wrote walking up and down Bree going to WnS actually. I hope the audience and fellow poets learn how potent a poem becomes when it’s real and close to the heart, and the reality of that poem.
How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
Very well, some felt I should have won that leg of the slam. But I won their hearts and that means the world to me.
If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
I’ve already performed it for God, let me choose someone else,..I would say amongst many, bra Hugh Masekela. I think his “Stimela” song/poem is one of his best works ever. It’s great to see that a person I consider an icon and legend in the arts shares such views on the issue.
If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
”The millions that make you billions are shackled in shacks/ I have come to return the human in blacks.”
How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
An honour, especially considering that a year ago I was so cocooned in Pretoria fearing how the Joburg audience would receive me. I’m truly grateful and humbled.
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HOW TO VOTE
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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
PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES
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