'The slam gives it back to the people', explain the passionate slam poets from local poetry house 'Current State Of Poetry'.
Four young wordsmiths shared some of their spoken word and talked all things slam poetry with presenter Eusebius McKaiser.
Vus’umuzi Pakathi, Belita Andre, Xabiso Vili and Thuthukani Myeza expressed themselves with moving poetry behind the microphone.
They explained what slam poetry means to them, its power, and the important elements which include presenting poetry on stage and competition.
The slam gives it back to the people.— Vus’umuzi Pakathi
There's a difference between poetry sessions and actual slam poetry which is a competitive space with restrictions.— Belita Andre
We need to have a narrative and the main point of poetry is to draw an image.— Belita Andre
The crowd or the audience needs to see what you're seeing, and that's why we flower everything up and sugar coat.— Belita Andre
Performance is integral within the slam.— Xabiso Vili
Slam allows you to explore form and create new form as well.— Xabiso Vili
You can have love poems and political poems.. the poets dictate what they want.— Thuthukani Myeza
It's about us and the words, and what we do wit the words.— Thuthukani Myeza
They spoke about the burgeoning slam poetry scene in Johannesburg before stepping up to for a freestyle and recital (each given a minute to perform).
Take a listen to the inspiring session of sharing:
I love Theatrical Slam poetry- no reading pls -know lines &make it real to audience... I want to travel mentally with the poet @Eusebius— Lerato Monyatsi (@Lermon) April 20, 2017
@Eusebius I think after listening to these guys I have discovered my love in poetry. Checkin for poetry sessions— Bongani Mtlhavani (@searny) April 20, 2017
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