South Africans Doing Great Things

Word N Sound empowering young people through literature

Thabiso ‘Afurakan’ Mohare is the co-founder of Word N Sound, a literature platform that is reviving the spoken word and encouraging youth to consider literary careers.

The Word N Sound platforms bring together people from all backgrounds to encourage and inspire poetry and self-expression.

Mohare explains that Word N Sound was started in 2010 when the open-mic scene in Newton, Johannesburg was dwindling.

He says that the platform is aimed at allowing township youths to express themselves and explore careers in the arts.

I was saddened that there wasn't a platform like that anymore. For me, spoken word - beyond just entertainment - is the one art form that young people easily access to express what is going in their lives.

Thabiso ‘Afurakan’ Mohare, co-founder of Word N Sound

We view poets as entrepreneurs. These are young people who are self-starters.

Thabiso ‘Afurakan’ Mohare, co-founder of Word N Sound

The ideas are in their heads, all they need is opportunity to learn how to craft these ideas into products.

Thabiso ‘Afurakan’ Mohare, co-founder of Word N Sound

We started off as an open mic event, in studio. The first show was six people. Seven years later we are a globally recognised brand that is doing project in at least three countries.

Thabiso ‘Afurakan’ Mohare, co-founder of Word N Sound

Mohare shares his passion for writing and poetry and how it can inspire social change and community upliftment.

I am a miracle because it's supposed to be 'impossible' for me to make a living off of literature, poetry, words and my own intellectual property.

Thabiso ‘Afurakan’ Mohare, co-founder of Word N Sound

Every day I interact with young people across the country who are just like me and dying for a voice and platform to speak out.

Thabiso ‘Afurakan’ Mohare, co-founder of Word N Sound

Take a listen to him perform and explain the great work Word N Sound is doing in South Africa:

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