THE RETURN OF DUT POETRY SESSIONS
By: Mbasa Khwaza
After three months of waiting, the DUT poetry sessions finally resumed Friday with an electrifying opening.
The anticipated grand opening was held at Steve Biko campus with an interesting line up, with poets like the Original Material Award winner Minenhle Mthembu, the Keen Artists Xoliswa Dlamini with Page, Starring, Poetess, Drama, Sthe and many other artists. But the highlight of the night was the young and talented Abalobi and Khumbulani Sithole.
The opening of the Poetry sessions usually takes place at the beginning of the February but this year it took place a little later. Ntokozo Zulu, Chairperson of the DUT poetry sessions, said that the delay was due to the commotion the institution experienced at the beginning of the year.
“The poetry sessions were delayed because of the student protests that occurred earlier this year. We were not allowed to book a venue until everything calmed down,” Zulu said. However, the chairperson is happy with the success of the event despite everything. “The turnout was massive and it wouldn’t be without everyone that came to support us and the dedication of the poets.”
The poetry sessions are not only for fun and games, it is a platform where young people unite and showcase their talents. “The poetry session is to bring together young people in the arts to explore their talents through poetry,” Zulu added. “Poetry is where people are allowed to be themselves, speak their minds on any issue and use their own experience to educate others in an artistic manner.”
Ndumiso Maphumulo, one of the charismatic poets and one of the performers that performed in the opening, is happy that the poetry session finally resumed. “It feels great that the poetry sessions have resumed this year because this is where poets from KZN grow and DUT poetry sessions is where the poets are groomed,” Maphumulo said. He feels honoured to perform in the opening. “My performance in the opening show was an honour and it is worthy to be mentioned in my profile,” he concluded.
Yamkela Nxele, who is a poetry lover, is excited and glad to have the poetry sessions back after such a long time. “I am happy that the poetry sessions are back after three months of waiting. My Fridays were not the same without them,” Nxele said. “I visit the session every Friday because of the educative poetry and the humouring poetry.”
The DUT poetry sessions have been operating for more than ten years every Friday at the Steve Biko campus.