Poetry galore at Mannenberg


Various local poets will tomorrow perform in 2011’s finale of the poetry and music event, Poetry And . . . at The Mannenberg tonight.

The show will be the last for 2011 and a celebration of the other successful shows which had been running monthly since its launch in April.

“At this event, dubbed ‘Poetry and Music’, the main aim will be bringing people together on Unity Day for an adventure into the realms of artistic crossover and explosive results,” said event organiser Barbra Breeze Anderson.

Anderson said with the help of The Mannenberg and Pamberi Trust she would bring performance poetry into the live music mix across the board and had over the last eight months featured “Poetry And . . . Roc, Afro-Jazz, Funk, Blues, Beatbox and Folk”.

She said the unique show had been launched in April with an exciting collaboration between Norway, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, with artists from the College of Music and the Book Café taking part.

“Incredible musicians and poets that have been part of the event include Paul Brickhill, Sam Mataure, Filbert Marowa and Tomas Brickhill. Poets who have participated include Chirikure Chirikure, Flochyld, PSP, Upmost, Breeze, Aerosol Phar I, Blackpearl, Mystik, Hennings and D.blok among others,” she said.

Anderson said each month the poets involved had to learn to work with musicians and learn to adapt their poems to different musical genres including blues, rock, Afro-jazz and many others.

The show would feature the best of their experiments over the year reintroducing the year’s crowd’s favourites.

“Performing poets include Mystik, a regular slam poet at the renowned House of Hunger Poetry Slam at the Book Café, Madzitateguru , a rising star who travelled to South Africa this year where he won the ‘Poetry Africa’ regional poetry Slam, and So Profound, a poet who won the House Of Hunger Slam this December, amongst others,” she said.

Anderson said the special year-end celebration was expected to be a high-energy affair, with vivid poetry, great music and an inside experience of the creative spirit of young artists of Zimbabwe.

She said special prizes to be won included a romantic dinner for two with personal chef and a weekend away package for two days and one night which had been provided by event sponsor, EnSoleille Travels and Breeze.