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WNSAwards: “I feel like I keep re-writing the WNS history books.” – Mandi Vundla


1. What is the story behind your poem? What inspired you to write it?
I was raised on Kwaito Music, from next door to front and back opposite, I grew up in an environment that celebrated Kwaito as a music genre that depicted our lives in the townships.

“Ode to Kwaito” was inspired by the downfall of the genre and its artist. Kwaito was a form of liberation music for me. A successful genre that we as the black race of the slums could own post-apartheid how liberating. When the artists abused this privilege, I needed an outlet.
And so the poem was born

“Mother” was written for the only mother I know, my rock, my soldier, my happiness my stress. This was for her and everything she gave up
for us, I wanted to give back to her tenfold through this poem. And I did but I went off a tangent when I personified her to my God. I began to question why my mother’s name or names pronounced with clicks and folds like my grandmother’s were not captured in the Bible, where were we, did we not exist, was our skin not Godly enough to be aligned with the story of Christianity?
2. If your poem had the power to change just one thing, what would it be?
Both poems would have to change the way we as Africans perceive ourselves. We are beyond the broken black boy story. Lets rewrite the narrative.
3. Which poem would you like to win…besides your own of course?
I’m truly uncertain.

4. How do you feel about it being nominated in the Perfect Poem category?
I may be blowing my own horn here, but has it ever happened that 1 poet gets 2 nominations in 1 category? I feel like I keep rewriting the WNS history book…unless I’m wrong.

For the record: Mandi is not wrong. Yes, yet again she enters the record books for being the only poet to be nominated twice in one category. Salute!

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Word N Sound Experience – Slaghuis | Diepkloof

Word N Sound Experience - Slaghuis | Diepkloof

Word N Sound Experience – Slaghuis | Diepkloof featuring Afurakan, KingNova, Masai Dabula, Mandi Poefficient Vundla, Conelius Jones and Vuyelwa Maluleke.

Sunday 27 Jan | Danish Lounge Zone 3 Diepkloof | 2-8pm | R25

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Perfect Poem Award | Mandi Poefficient Vundla

Mandi Poefficient Vundla’s poem ‘The Starving Preface’ 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 don’t write for the audience. 
It’s first for me, they are secondary. 
So I really have no expectations. I am however delighted when some one says “that piece moved me, and I can’t get it out of my mind”. 
When my poems speak not only to me but to the listeners as well to a point that they begin to question my content and the depth of its truth…all is well with my soul


How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
Some couldn’t believe I mention Mandela 
but when it came to “Our poverty is the 8th wonder of the world” 
aaahhhhhhh, the crowd amused me. 
Their response was so random. I didn’t expect that line to make people cry the way they did. 
Their applause intercepted my poem from “Children drawing imaginary friends to cry on”.

Like I said, I write first for me, so it’s humbling when your audience understands and relates to what you’re talking about


If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
TOURISTS: Who cant wait to blabber about our state of poverty when their fathers are responsible for it and for killing us.Americans will come to S.A on a sponsored trip under 
some endeavor to save Africa, you ask why they are 
here, they say oh I’m here on an UN-AID or some other program/project, to save Africa. They should save Africa from their homes by 
telling their fathers to stop killing us. 
THE ANC needs to quit prostituting our poverty 
when they are responsible for it

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
and the thing is, I never chose this line
, the people did

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
Serves as confirmation
. *Singing* 
I WAS BORN FOR THIS Oh oh oh yesss!! *Singing*

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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


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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