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Spoken Freedom Festival Line Up Announced

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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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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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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 | Purple Jupiter

Purple Jupiter’s poem ‘Every 17 Seconds’ 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?
Vuyelwa Maluleke:
I was appalled by the rape stats in SA at the time and my response was this poem. Because I know too many women who have been violated. Because there is still something to be said, because I want little girls…

When I write, I am vigilant about not thinking about an audience’s response to my work. I write knowing someone will listen, so there are conventions I attempt to adhere to but more importantly it’s about the thing, person, feeling, or situation and if I tell that story well then an audience will feel what they feel and whatever that is, it’ll be good enough.

How did the Word N Sound fam receive the poem? Was the feedback positive or negative?
The Word & Sound fam was supportive and receiving…that’s more than any writer expects sometimes. It’s great!

If you could perform this piece to anyone in the world (one person or a group) who would it be and why?
LOVEGLORI…there’s soul and victory in everything they sing! I love that.

If someone were to hear only one line of your poem, which line would you chose to say?
‘How many little girls do you need to break into before you have enough pieces to put yourself back together with?’

How does it feel being nominated for the first ever ‘Word N Sound Perfect Poem Award’?
It’s kind! It’s also maybe a little unfair because perfection is so relative.

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HOW TO VOTE

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

PERFECT POEM AWARD NOMINEES

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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