THE OPEN MIC SESSION OPENS A PLATFORM FOR GROWING POETS
By: Mhlengi Mafu
Word-by-word the art of words coming together in an open mic session celebrating Woman’s Month through poetry.
Poets and poetess welcomed the women-related poetry style at the Play House in the open mic session. The session featured poets and traditional groups.
Female poets expressed themselves through words as their craft was filled with messages and unique African stories. The aim of the open mic session was to create a platform where poets would be able to express themselves and get used to performing on stage.
Nosipo Gcina left a standing ovation after she performed her poems that left the people begging for more. “Seeing the reaction from the audience it gives gratitude to myself as a poet,” said Gcina. “I am thankful for the talent and the reaction from my audience; it gives me a challenge that I always have to bring the best in me.”
Traditional dancers with their music also wowed the audience as the group called Isivinini performed a traditional dance called Isigekle. What’s unique about this dance is that it can only be performed by married women. This performance was a combination of dance and singing of traditional songs.
Another artist that would take a long time for people to forget was Ciko because of his art with his unique poetry style that also took the audience by surprise. “I feel humble when I see people loving what I do. It a blessing to see this response from poetry lovers loving my work,” said Ciko
The legendary Dr Gcina Mhlophe was amongst some of the poets present along with SATMA nominee for the best praise singer, Minenhle Mthembu.