SA, local poets to share stage

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mpho sefali
Mpho Sefali

Mohalenyane Phakela

LOCAL poets are set to share the stage with their South African counterparts tomorrow in a show meant to tackle the issues affecting the youth.

Dubbed PoetryXchange, the event will be held at Cinema 1 at Pioneer Mall in Maseru and is being held in June since it is regarded as youth month.

According to organiser, Mpho Sefali, the theme for the show, “Young, Free and Creative”, is meant to foster interaction between local and South African youths by addressing common challenges through poetry.

“June 16 was declared as the Day of the African Child by the African Union and is also regarded as Youth Day in South Africa, so as local and South African poets, we will celebrate the young generation with a night of poetry,” said Sefali who is also a poet.

“Henceforth we will hold the event on an annual basis since the youth are voiceless especially in the arts sector. It seems only those youths in politics have an influence in government.”

She added that the status quo tended to reward people because of their age rather than their competence, giving the example of books written by young people not being considered for school curriculums.

“We have invited government officials who are directly in charge of the development of the youth and private sector representatives to hear our concerns,” Sefali said.

Poet Jahrose
Poet Jahrose

Poets from South Africa will include Jahrose, Hector Kunene, Charmaine Mrwebi and Siza Nkosi. Dupz Stoic, Mr Words, Afropoetry, Nthatuoa and Mpho Sefali will be among the local wordsmiths.

Jahrose and Kunene have previously performed in Lesotho at different poetry sessions.

The Bloemfontein-based Nthabiseng “JahRose” Jafta is the lady behind the success of MACUFE Poetree Festival. She is not only a poet but a mentor and publisher.

JahRose has three anthologies to her name; Rooted from the Heart, Free State of Mind and the recently released Peotree.

Bloemfontein-based Kunene has performed at numerous Poetry is Alive shows. Since he started poetry at the age of 16 in 1997, his unique and traditional style laced with inspirational spiritual messages has endeared him to poetry lovers.

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