Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Cafe

The South African Book Fair 2018, as its celebrates #OURSTORIES on the page, mic and stage, invites audiences to engage in a feast of intergenerational voices in our indigenous languages. Our Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café* is a pop-up poetry platform with a series of four sessions on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September, where you can experience the rich interweaving of verse, image, story, performance and song, that is the breath of what we call poetry.

We are honoured to host contemporary wordsmiths Antjie Krog Lebohang Masango aka Nova, Lebo Mashile, Flo Mokale, Siphokazi Jonas, Diana Ferrus, Flow Wellington, Makhosazana Xaba, Katlego Shoro, Xabiso Vili, MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi, Roche Kester and Mutle Mothibe to name a few, as well as an array of fresh talent on an Open Mic session entitled We Recite What We Like. These SABF poetry events culiminate with a session entitled Poetry Legacies, dedicated to the legacy of Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile, fondly known as bra Willie, for which a poem was specially commissioned.

Keorapetse Kgositsile (or ‘Bra Willie’, the pen name by which he was usually and affectionately referred to), was a giant of South Africa’s liberation struggle. He was a celebrated arts intellectual who wielded a sharp and progressive pen throughout his life, and was highly regarded both internationally and at home. Bra Willie won several literary awards in his lifetime, including the Herman Charles Bosman Prize and the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver). He was honoured with the South African Poet Laureate Prize in 2006 and also won the Harlem Cultural Council Poetry Award in America while in exile there. He died in Johannesburg on 3 January 2018.

Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café – Session One
Date: 7 September
Time : 15:00-15:45

Our Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café, a pop-up poetry platform, will captivate you with an interwoven blend of verse, image, story, performance and song.
Where Poetry Rivers Meet: Siphokazi Jonas, Flow Wellington, Makhosazana Xaba

MC: MoAfrika ’a Mokgathi

Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café – Session Two
Date: 7 September
Time : 16:00-16:45

The South African Book Fair 2018, as it celebrates #OURSTORIES on the page, mic and stage, invites audiences to engage in a feast of intergenerational voices in our indigenous languages.
Fire Words Fly: Lebohang Masango aka Nova, Mthunzikazi Mbungwana, Xabiso Vili, Roché Kester

MC: Katleho Kano Shoro

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Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café – Session Three
Date: 8 September
Time : 12:00-13:00

Legacies: The session opens with a commissioned tribute poem to Keorapetse Kgositsile, written and performed by Mutle Mothibe.

In the spirit of Bra Willie, South African poets engage with each other and the audience on the role of poetry in historical documentation, social transformation and healing. What impact has the legacies of other poets had on them? What legacies will they leave behind?

Lebo Mashile, Diana Ferrus, Mutle Mothibe

MC: Makhosazana Xaba

Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café – Session Four
Date: 8 September
Time : 16:00–17:00

We Recite What We Like. Featured poets plus Open Mic. A line-up of emerging voices.

Flo Mokale, Busisiwe Mahlangu

MC: Torsten ‘Clear’ Rybka

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