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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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Word N Sound heads to the National Arts Festival

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We are quite excited to announce our brand new project in partnership with British Council Connect ZA. We will be taking the first ever Slam For Your Life National Poetry Slam to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July.

Slam For Your Life is an innovative and competitive live literature format that is well placed to deliver a positive impact on emerging spoken word poets in South Africa. Through the theme “Life Is What You Write”, SFYL (Slam For Your Life) aims at creating a credible and nationally recognised youth poetry slam, opportunities for professional mentorship and network building through peer to peer interactions.

Four finalists from Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal will then travel to Grahamstown in July 2014 where the finals will be held and a national slam champion will be crowned.

How it works
Four poetry organisers/movements will be asked to nominate three poets from each of their province.
The organisers/movements will include;
• Slam Poetry Operation Team (Durban),
• Stellenbosch Literary Network (Stellenbosch),
• Ntsika Tyatya (Port Elizabeth)
• Word N Sound (Johannesburg).

Poetry videos of the 12 finalists will be promoted online and opened to a public vote. A poet with the most votes, from each city, will then qualify for the national finals.

The top 4 finalists will travel to Grahamstown to take part in a workshop with UK poet, Lemn Sissay. They will then compete in the national finals that will form part of the “Remix Lab” component of the National Arts festival 2014.

Watch this space for more info as Word N Sound and British Council Connect ZA partner up to bring you the first ever Slam For Your Life National Poetry Slam at the 2014 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

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“If It’s Music, We’ll Do It,” says Blaq2sday

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Who are Blaq2sday? When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
Blaq2sday is an eclectic band of 5 members from the Vaal, Bophelong. The band was founded in 2011 by Tshitso Makunyane and Mkhulu Tshabalala. They were later joined by Pitso Mofokeng and Molefe sefatsa. To complete the pack, they were joined by Thabo Moralo who started as the group photographer he is now a percussionist in the group.

The inspiration comes from our experiences as artists of different backgrounds but have a common vision of archiving a common goal, which is producing good music all round, for all age groups. So we really don’t have a sound that we box ourselves in. The concept is simple, If It’s Music, We’ll Do It

Who/what has been your biggest musical inspiration?
Above all, it has to be the people’s response to what we do. THAT, is what keeps us going most of the time. Then, the people that support us and help us get things done, like
Bozza. These are people that remind us that we need to work and deliver a quality product, ALL the time.

In terms of creating music, our influences vary from member to member. Because we all bring a different flavor to the band. But we can highlight Motif Records’ Zaki Ibrahim/ Reason/ Tumi, 340ml, Fat Freddie’s Drop, Swedish House Mafia, Khuli Chana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Salif Keita, Tshepo Tshola, Maroon 5, Rasekgantsho (Ntjapedi), Asa and Skrillex just to name a few.

Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
We write/compose all our songs. Because we were individual artists already before we got together, it makes it easy for Tshitso to compose a tune quick, or either one of the vocalists to write for the tune, or for Thabo to add a lekker drum pattern. So everything we write/ compose ourselves.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Most of the challenges we come across are out of our control; like event organisers and promoters not willing to invest in their events, from marketing to hiring a proper sound system. And of course, not forgetting the special few that see so little value in artists, to a point that paying an artist just makes no sense to them. Anything other than this, that is in our control, is exactly there, under our control. That’s simply because each and every one of us is always willing to stretch an extra mile to get work done.

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
The first thing would be understanding how much each member is willing to do, in order to see the band going forward. Secondly, understanding what you want to achieve as a band, why you need to achieve that, and how you’ll achieve that. A band is like a project. Therefore, there needs to be a project management structure, that will see to things being done effectively. Then lastly, the band needs to pull together, in the same direction, to the most of each one’s abilities.

How can fans gain access to your music?
Here are links to our stuff;

Our website: http://www.blaq2sdaysa.co.za
Our iTunes Artist page: https://itunes.apple.com/za/artist/blaq2sday/id873046457?uo=4
Our YouTube account: https://www.youtube.com/user/PrincipleDvine and https://www.youtube.com/user/blaq2sday
Also on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/blaq2sday

Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’ve performed at House of Hunger (Alliance Francaise Johannesburg), Cup O’ Thought (Alliance Francaise de Durban), Vereeniging Civic Theatre, Word N Sound Poetry and Live Music Series (Market Theatre), Emerald Casino and Resort, Bara Medical College, 1000 People (Constitution Hill of South Africa), Tanz Live, Katzy’s in Rosebank, Balcony Tv Johannesburg, Lighthouse on 7th in Melville, Puisano Jazz Festival and at the Emfuleni Local Municipality Arts and Culture Summit 2014. Recently, as the opening act for Zahara on her Phendula National Tour by Nedbank and TS Records.

Favorite venues has to be Tanz Live, SkyRoomLive (wherever their venue is now Lol), and anywhere around Maboneng Precinct, Live – The Venue in Durban, The Assembly in Cape Town. That Randlords Rooftop (Balcony TV) was also mean as well.

Our current gig guide as it stands after the Rise Of The Underdogs show on the 24th, we have BlaQ2sday Meets 16th Kollektiv on the 16th June. 16th Kollektiv is the phresh clothing brand that’ll be endorsing the band with T-shirts mainly. Then we’ll be at the National Arts Festival Grahamstown, performing at The Vic, from the 3rd till the 6th of July. Please see more details on our Facebook page ( Blaq2sday ).

What can the Word N Sound family expect from you at the show?
The Rise of the Underdogs event will be a very special one. Because we seldom get so much time to showcase our work, most of it that is. We’ve always had to perform a minimal set. But now this will be different because we can perform most of our songs, especially new ones. And people can get to hear how the album is most likely to sound like. So this will be a first draft listening session of what we’ve been working on.

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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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