Poetry has become an integral part of the Open Book Festival programme; last year the festival introduced Poetica, which, with Toni Stuart,put the spotlight on Cape Town’s poetry talent. The programme was not only focused on English, but incorporated three of our national languages including Afrikaans and Xhosa. This year, in celebration of World Book Day, Open Book joins InZync Poetry Sessions and Central Library to bring you their first Poetry Slam on 23 April 2014.
The session will include the influential poets: Coco Putuma, Rimestein, MCVerrassings and Kadija Sesay (also known as Kadija George). The event promises to mix a diversity of performances and poetical styles, staying true to the motto of the InZync Poetry Sessions - A place where the poetries meet.
Adrian Van Wyk, from InZync, said: “The Open Book Festival is an amazing platform that breaks down the pre-conceived idea that only a certain South African citizen explores the depth of literature. Working with them to make this Poetry Slam possible is an example of this.”
Date: 23 April 2014
Time: 15:30 – 16:30
Venue: Cape Town Central Library
Next Poetry Slam: 25 April 2014, Stellenbosch.
Coco Putuma: ManyanoKolekaNangamsoPutuma, born on March 22 1993, in Port Elizabeth is a Capetonian poet. Coco derived from her second name Koleka is a family nickname that has stuck with her since childhood. She’s currently pursuing a degree in Theatre and Performance at UCT. She has shared the stage with poets such as: Jamaican Canadian dub poet, D’bi.Young, Cape Town performance poet MalikaNdlovu and other poets at the Badilisha 100 Thousand Poets for Change in 2011.
Rimestein: Daniel Denver Swartz, oftewelRimestein, is gebore en getoë in Mitchell's
Plein. Hy'tverledejaarderdegeëindig in die eerste
InZync Poetry Slam en werk tans aansyeerste album. Hy is ookbetrokke by
verskeie shows, collaborations en werkswinkels in die Kaapsaam met ander
hiphopkunstenaars, musikante en digters.
MC Verrasssings: Elroy Macklaglen, a/k/a MC Verrassings, is a 23-year-old poet and hip-hop emcee residing in the Cape Flats. He discovered his talents at the age of 12 and has worked hard at it ever since. It was hiphop that lead him to poetry and enthusiasm for English. His main objective is to show people that one’s intelligence is infinite and that it adds to artistic creativity.
Kadija Sesay: KadijaSesay is an award winning literary activist and cultural nomad. She’s the publisher of SABLE LitMag, and has edited numerous anthologies of writers of African and Asian descent. She’s published a poetry collection Irki (Peepal Tree Press, 2013). Her forthcoming collection is The Modern Pan Africanist’s Journey.