Young slam poets paint an uplifting picture with their spoken word

'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.

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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:

Visit @CSofPoetry on Twitter or the Current State Of Poetry - CSP Facebook page for more about their next performance at the Joburg Theatre on May 6.


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