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Woman Scream 2013 Invitation

Official 3rd Woman Scream poster

Official 3rd Woman Scream poster

I wish to invite poets, musicians, photographers, writers,bloggers, visual artists and graphic designers to participate in Woman Scream International Poetry festival 2013 – Lesotho Chapter (Online ).

Unlike in 2011,due to venue issues and other logistics there will be no event for the 3rd Woman Scream here in Lesotho but instead poems and other relevant material will be posted on this blog throughout the month of March.

For more info, and submission guidelines, please visit this page

Kindly spread the word.

PEACE!

:: Lyrical Bacteria 2013

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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Poetry, Poetry Festival, Poets

 

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Poetavango Taking Botswana poetry to new heights

As part of the research we’re doing on the state of poetry in the SADC region, having interviewed poets (some of which represented collectives) from South Africa and Swaziland we’ve now moved to Botswana where we managed to do an interview with the founder, chairperson of Poetavango Spoken Word Poetry and the 2010 Bessie Head Literature Award Winners: Legodile Seganabeng. (Link; http://www.seganabeng.blogspot.com/ ). Lyrical Bacteria Blog (LB). Poetavango Director (PD).
LB: How can you describe the poetry scene in Botswana for the past five years? (In reference to other poetry scenes in SADC)
PD: Well, unlike in the neighbouring Zimbabwe and South Africa, poetry in Botswana is still on its infant stages, except, perhaps, for a very few individuals who worked exceptionally hard through the years to reach where they are now. Although different groups and individuals have always tried to break through and make their voices be heard, there hasn’t been a lot of support from within the country. This was mainly due to the fact that contemporary performance poetry and spoken word were still not yet very well understood and let alone appreciated. But things are changing for the better now. We see more sectors of the private and government bodies stepping up to assist the growth of this art form in the country. It’s a very encouraging development.
LB: One understands that you’ve schooled in SA for sometime, how did being exposed to poetry scene in SA impact on you as a poet?
PD: Yes, I studied in Johannesburg for five years (2001-2005). Prior to this time, I wasn’t much of a poet. In fact, I wasn’t a poet at all, though I can say I had a lot of interest in writing – you know, creative writing in general and nothing specific really. However, Johannesburg introduced me to performance slam poetry and spoken word, something that wasn’t yet there in Botswana back then. It really felt wonderful and truly fulfilling to just sit there and listen to poets spill their heads out. Now you can imagine how it felt like when the inevitable inspiration ultimately made me take the pen and the paper. Simply put, I don’t think I’d be a poet had I not stayed in Johannesburg at that particular point in time.
LB: What realization or goal led to the formation of Poetavango?
PD: came up as an initiative to fill in the gap that has been open for a very long time. It is this gap that has not made it possible for the nation of Botswana to know, understand and appreciate the art of poetry and storytelling. With Poetavango in existence and very felt nationwide, we are confident that our goals are being reached, one way or the other.
LB: One would just be keen to know why the name ‘Poetavango’.
PD: Poetavango Spoken Word Poetry is based in Maun, the tourism capital of Botswana. Maun is known as the gateway to the mighty Okavango Delta. So, we live in a region which is generally known as the Okavango. So the name Poetavango is just an amalgamation of Poet and Okavango.
LB: What role is Poetavango playing in the Botswana poetry sphere that a collective like Exoduslivepoetry! Poetry might have not played?
PD: I can’t talk for Exodus but the one thing I can state about Poetavango is that the group has strived to not only promote poets in their region but in the entire country as well. Poetavango believes that for Botswana poetry to grow, poets in the country need to hold each other’s hands and support one another. Hence, whenever Poetavango host shows in Maun or elsewhere in the country, they always involve poets from other collectives. Poetavango has also been working very closely with school-going children. We facilitate poetry coaching clinics in secondary schools and engage learners in poetry slams intended to encourage and mould them into better writers and performers of tomorrow. Poetavango believes that for poetry to really cement its stance in society, it has to start from school level.
LB: Being a community-based and non-profit making poetry organization how has the organization managed to sustain itself?
PD: It’s never easy. It’s a blessing that members of the Poetavango collective are all determined, focused and, most importantly, united. Even when our coffers run empty after donating away, we still look forward to more and better events in the future. So, we survive from a very small plate but we are able, nonetheless, to move forth with our mission without distraction or discouragement.
LB: One of your objectives is; 1.To promote Spoken Word Poetry- Taking poetry out to the people’. Which mechanism(s) has the organization employed since its formation to carry out the above-mentioned objective?
PD: Right from the onset, that is, in March 2008 when the collective was formed, we started holding free bi-monthly shows to the members of the Maun community. Please note that by then, very many people in our community had not yet been exposed to poetry before. So slowly we induced poetry into them. In no time our free session were packed by both locals and tourist. As time went on, we started moving around the country to do a few shows. Then one of the very successful ways we used was the Maun International Poetry Festival which started in March 2011.
LB: Tell us about The Maun International Poetry Festival (MIPF) organized and managed by Poetavango. PD: The MIPF is an annual poetry event that takes place in Maun, Botswana. We came up with this initiative after we realised that no matter how many bi-monthly shows we hold, the audience still hunger for more. Maun has indeed turned into the Home of Poetry and everyone wants to come to Maun for poetry events. Then we found it fit that we create a platform that can cater for everyone from across all walks of life; a platform with a wide variety of poetry and performances; a platform where every poetry fanatics from around the country and abroad can sit under one roof and bask to the same fire. That had to be an international poetry festival in Maun.
LB: Being the Founder & Chairperson of Poetavango Spoken Word Poetry, International Performers Coordinator for the annual Maun International Poetry Festival [MIPF] What do your roles entail?
PD: My main role as the chairperson is to try as much as I can to stir the collective of Poetavango to the right direction, to strive to see us grow and reach outstanding international standards. And this, I can assure you, is happening. I’m glad that I’m working with a team of young and energetic people. As the international performers coordinator for the MIPF I focus on scouting for international performers and dealing with them from the word go until the last day of the festival.
LB: Which poets from Africa and abroad have been hosted at MIPF?
PD: Other than our own Botswana performers, we’ve had poets from Zimbabwe, South Africa, USA and Jamaica. This year we were supposed to have additional countries like Haiti, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia and Canada. But due to the unfortunate postponement of the show, performers from these other countries could not make it any more. Names of those we hosted include Outspoken (Zim), Prince Shapiro (SA), Donna Smith (Jamaica), Upmost (Zim), Masoja Msize (SA), Clint Smith (USA), Zwesh Fi Kush (SA), Breezy the Goddess (Zim) and Aero5ol (Zim). We’ve also hosted, though not in the MIPF, award winning poet Beau Sia from the USA. Poetavango intends to bring to the MIPF as many representatives of different countries as possible.
LB: Apart from financial challenges what other challenges does the organization face in organizing the event?
PD: To be honest, financial challenges are our only hindrance. The MIPF is always set and ready to boom but finance always holds us back. We still hope to get more sponsors and donors. In that way, it would be easy for us to bring performers from across the African continent and abroad. Thank You You are welcome. One Word, One Aim,
One Destiny

More about Poetavango (links)
Google search: Poetavango

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in interview, Poetry sphere, Poets

 

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World Poetry Day – My Poets’ Quotes

These are some three quotes from different poets I found to be relevant today

” A great poet … must have the ear of a wild Arab listening in the silent desert, the eye of a North American Indian tracing the footsteps of an enemy upon the leaves that strew the forest, the touch of a blind man feeling the face of a darling child.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

”To take part in the African revolution, it is not enough to write a revolutioary song; you must fashion the revolution with the people. And if you fasion it with the people, the songs will come by themselves and of themselve.”- Sekou Toure.

” Afurakan:  Performance poetry brings life to the written word. It adds depth to ones writing and also helps your work reach more people by adding the entertainment element. If poetry is going to reach people, it also needs to entertain them.” – Afurakan Thabiso Mohare

“Let poetry be the bliss of Life, then humanity will know true meaning of smile” – Poloko Lesuoa

-::Lyrical Bacteria::-.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Poets, quote

 

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Colourful Poetry Nites

Poetry and Spoken word in Mangaung Township

Poetry and Spoken word in Mangaung Township

Last year I had an opportunity of being part the Ts’epe Promo Tour Bloemfontein by Kommanda Obbs where he was promoting his album; Ts’epe. The show was held at Colourful Coffee bar in Batho location. I was to learn later on that the same is also used for poetry sessions every first thursday of every month. Below is more information about Poetry and spoken-word in Mangaung township. Courtesy of Serame Icebound Makhele.

Colourful Poetry Nites co-ordinated by Icebound, Serame Makhele, in partnership with Colourful Coffee Bar have been taking place for six months in Bloemfontein’s township of Batho. This is a monthly event that happens in the first Thursday of every month. Colourful Poetry Nites features the cream of written and spoken-word practitioners from Free State and other provinces. The main purpose of this stage initiative is to encourage Free State artists particularly in the field of performance-poetry and its sister genres such as literature and song writing, to master their craft by performing regularly to a live audience. Another aim is to popularise the culture of reading and writing among the youth in Mangaung.
Participants at the Colourful Poetry Nites are mainly the poets who have been supporting the initiative since its inception in July last year. The line-up includes the most sought-after poets in the province such as Jah-Rose, Hector Kunene, Charmaine Mrwebi, Magic Khotseng, Job Mzamo, Dr. Cool, Rethabile Zilila to name a few.
Through this endeavour, Bloemfontein community also witnessed the emergence of new but powerful voices such as Neo Mvubu, Thabo Falatsi and Tessa Muller who have now became part of the scene.
The session has thus far also attracted a number of poets from Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West provinces. These include a slam-poetry collective called Blaq Seed from Vanderbiljpark, a poet from Port Elizaberth by the name of Bandile and a popular figure in the SA’s poetry scene, Tereska Muishond who is based in Johannesburg but originally from Heidedal, Bloemfontein. Tinah Mnumzana who plays the Character of Constance on Etv’s drama series scandal shocked a packed audience when she revealed that she is also a poet at January’s session.
It is not only poetry that is offered in Batho, but also related genres such as Hi-Hop and afro-soul music are shared so as to spice up the mood and provide entertainment for the audience. The MeloDj who has a rare skill of mixing various forms of music as well as recorded audio poetry keeps the mood of revellers ablaze. Bloemfontein’s songstress, Mamickey also provides a sort of healing when she performs her songs incorporating Jazz, R&B and ragga.

The recent Colorful Poetry Nite was held last night, the 2nd of February.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Poetry, Poetry session, Poets

 

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Congratulations to the first AfroConscious journal poetry competition LESOTHO winner

Big ups to Mr Sekete Lesoana,the winner of AfroConscious journal poetry competition JULY. His poem will be published soon on this blog.

 

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AfroConscious journal Poetry competition LESOTHO (second leg)

Brothers and sisters in poetry, peace be with you. The second leg of the Afroconscious poetry competition kickstarted yesterday and as was stated when
the competition started in July the theme for this month is Action Against Women and Child Abuse. Nothing has changed with regard to the prizes but well as a reminder, let me state them once again 1)AfroConscious journal 2010 copy,
2) Being published in the upcoming 2011 journal, 3) Being published in this blog and
lastly being published in the U write What U Like blog (www.uwritewhatulike.blogspot.com).
Should you feel you need more clarification feel free to send Sechaba Keketsi a message. Alternatively Lyrical Bacteria or email me on sechabalb@gmail.com.
PS: POEM CAN BE OF ANY LENGHT,SO LONG AS IT IS ON THE CORRECT THEME

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Poem, Poetry, Poetry competition, Poets

 

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Quotes from favorite poets 2

” When the clouds clear we shall know the colour of the sky” – Keorapetse Kgositsile (extracted from ribbon of rhythm by Lebogang Mashile

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Poets, quote

 

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