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Slideshow and Tweets from the Opening Night of Poetry Africa 2012 in Durban

The 16th annual Poetry Africa festival, organised by the Centre for Creative Arts, was opened on Monday evening with a ceremony featuring musical and poetry performances at the University of KwaZulu Natal’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Peter Rorvik, Director of the Centre for Creative Arts (who also celebrated his birthday at the event!), gave the opening speech, saying that “Culture feeds the soul of society and artists articulate the world around us”.

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The host for the evening, Lebo Mashile, introduced performances by a host of international and local poets, including Swedish slam-poet Henry Bowers, American poet and musician Saul Stacey Williams, Jamaican dub poet D’bi Young, Canadian-born poet Croc e Moses, Niels Hav from Denmark, Philo Ikonya from Kenya, Tolu Ogunlesi from Nigeria, Nii Ayikwei Parkes from Ghana, as well as our own Rustum Kozain, Tumelo Khoza (the youngest poet in the line-up), praise poet Jessica Mbangeni and spoken word artist Ewok.

Music was provided by Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi, Mbali Vilakazi and Madala and Zos Kunene.

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Wanda Henning took photos at the event. View the slideshow:

Poetry Africa tweeted from the event:

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Image courtesy Examiner

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The JOMBA! KHULUMA Blog is Up and Running!

Centre for Creative Arts Announcement: – the blogsite for JOMBA! KHULUMA is up and running!

The JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience runs until 12th September and you can visit the JOMBA! KHULUMA blogspot for regular updates, reviews and beautiful photos by Val Adamson. Over the 12 days of the festival veteran journalist Adrienne Sichel will mentor seven UKZN honours students in a process of learning how to decode, read and write about dance performance.

Twitter @Jomba_Dance will forward links of all blog posts!

Watch out for the two JOMBA! Khuluma print editions!

Adrienne Sichel is winner of the 2009 Alan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever award presented by Mondi Shanduka Newsprint and the Newspaper Association of South Africa. She has a reputation for being a fearless defender of artistic and press freedoms in South Africa and has a lifetime reputation of fighting for coverage for dance and theatre in South Africa. Her decades of arts journalism inspires and provokes!.

Sichel will also co- host and facilitate the selected JOMBA! TALKS DANCE forums in which dancer- choreographers will get to speak about their work – all in an attempt to raise the critical debate around dance in South Africa. Check the schedule for dates!

JOMBA! 2010 is made possible with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principle funder), the National Arts Council, the City of Durban, HIVOS, Pro-Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Karbardock, and other valued partners.

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Readings and Quotes from the 2010 Time of the Writer (Videos, Tweets)


The 13th annual Time of the Writer International Literature Festival concluded on Saturday after a week that was a veritable literary blur. BOOK SA livetweeted the final four sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings, and recorded readings from the four authors who appeared on stage. We bring you the best of BOOK SA’s coverage:

BOOK SA’s livetweeted photos

  1. BOOKSA Sihle Khumalo & Ndumiso Ngcobo #tow10
  2. BOOKSA The new Wordsetc cover – ‘Crime’ issue, featuring Margie Orford #tow10
  3. BOOKSA The Ningizimu Steel & Marimba band #tow10
  4. BOOKSA Priya Narismulu, Elana Bregin & Thando Mgqolozana #tow10
  5. BOOKSA Imraan Coovadia, Ndumiso Ngcobo, Sihle Khumalo #tow10
  6. BOOKSA Zakes Mda, Sally-Ann Murray, Johan Jacobs #tow10
  7. BOOKSA Aher Arop Bol, William Gumede #tow10

Readings: videos

Thando Mgqolozana reads from A Man Who is Not a Man

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Elana Bregin reads from Shiva’s Dance

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Sally-Ann Murray reads from Small Moving Parts

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Zakes Mda reads from Cion

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More livetweets – session highlights

Ndumiso Ngcobo and Sihle Khumalo in conversation with Imraan Coovadia:

  1. BOOKSA #tow10 …and we’re back! On stage now: Ndumiso Ngcobo (Is it Cos I’m Black) and Sihle Khumalo (Heart of Africa) hosted by Imraan Coovadia
  2. BOOKSA #tow10 Ngcobo: Let’s quickly correct the name of the province. The name of the province is KwaZuma Natal.
  3. BOOKSA #tow10 Ngcobo: definitely, because, unlike in other countries where sex sells, in SA, *race* sells
  4. BOOKSA #tow10 Khumalo: “Obviously if someone has touched your goat, you’re going to want the lobola”
  5. BOOKSA #tow10 Coovadia: “One more question from me before we allow the audience to make 10 minute speeches”
  6. BOOKSA #tow10 Now Elinor Sisulu has the mic, makes the point that in many African countries – incl Zim – the men on stage might well be in jail
  7. BOOKSA #tow10 Ngcobo, answering a question about whether Castle Lager makes him more creative: “Yeah, pretty much.”
  8. BOOKSA #tow10 Khumalo: “My family don’t laugh at funerals. We take it as against the… the culture”. Ngcobo: “You’re boring.”

Andile Mngxitama and William Gumede in conversation with Karabo Kgoleng:

  1. BOOKSA #tow10 The title of tonight’s first panel is “Writing, Truth and Power”
  2. BOOKSA #tow10 Mngxitama: in SA, the truth is intertwined with the “black excluded”, who are outside of power
  3. BOOKSA #tow10 Mngxitama “One problem is that we are cowards in this country. Look at the ANC/Eskom scandal. It’s robbery. We do nothing.”
  4. BOOKSA #tow10 Mngxitama: “And look at the 2010 World Cup. We’ve been robbed again. And this time by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.”
  5. BOOKSA #tow10 Gumede: “If you live in a rural part of Africa, how much of the truth, as it relates to power, can you actually know?”
  6. BOOKSA #tow10 Gumede: “If we’re not going to speak truth to power, we’re not going to prosper”
  7. BOOKSA #tow10 Mngxitama: “I promised to attack black SA writers this evening” so here goes. Post-1994 black writing – its underlying politics….
  8. BOOKSA #tow10 Mngxitama …is very problematic. Black writers chase white women readers – the main reading demographic – too hard.
  9. BOOKSA #tow10 Mngxitama moves on to Zakes Mda’s Black Diamond. By writing about BEE the way Mda does, the black bourgeoisie is highlighted…
  10. BOOKSA #tow10 Mngxitama: …and the unequal system powered by white wealth that created it is normalised. The danger is that we’ll reinternalise it

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