Originality Shines At Spoken Word

BACK in the usual venue, the Warehouse Theatre, for the May edition, a hand picked line-up of poets and wordsmiths delivered a Spoken Word show that aimed to promote and celebrate originality last Wednesday evening.

A bit of a step up from the usual, poetry lovers were welcomed with a red carpet and the beating of drums.

After an electric opening by co-MCs Patrick Sam and Nunu ‘Truth’ Namises, each with their own interesting pieces, the ‘Be Original’ Top Score-sponsored show swung into high gear and gave exactly what it promised.

The stage regulars, whom audiences have grown to love, brought their own originality and laid themselves bare for the almost full house.

With his cool baritone voice and effortless charm, Ashwyn Mberi spoke about the demons in his life.

Still sizzling from his performance and Best Video win at this year’s NAMAs, Black Vulcanite’s Mark Mushiva stepped out to a crowd who couldn’t help but show him love and delivered his piece titled ‘The Bastard Children of Clicheacute’ with his usual cool and calm.

Another crowd favourite and lyrical master, Harry Msimuko, took to the stage before introducing his alter ego ‘Metaphorh’, donning a hoodie and showing exactly how to own the stage.

Man in black Playshis The Poet’s piece, titled ‘Burn The Box’, was a stunner, complete with special effects and, as he was introduced to the stage, “a voice that the ladies love”.

“Individuality is a crime these days, automatically cast out when you act a unique way,” Playshis said, keeping with the night’s theme.

Newer to the Spoken Word arena, Khadijah Mouton’s originality manifested in a recount of why she was “queen”, clad in heels to envy and perched on a throne she took claim of. Somewhere in the mix of all the prose and snapping fingers, musician Big Ben took to the stage to try his hand at a bit of his own poetry too.

His first song was a lively Otjiherero hit and then an Oshiwambo song he adapted from a poem written by human rights activist Phil ya Nangolo.

Other poets of the night included Leilani Riddles and Melody, who is also a Spoken Word novice, though her comfortability and presence on stage proved that she’s an absolute natural.

To round off a show which included comedy, poetry and sometimes hip-hop interludes, comedian Sibongile Tshabalala’s original delivery was a heartfelt, somewhat serious recount of her childhood of bullying, her previous dead-end jobs and the people who didn’t fully believe in the dream she was trying to live. It was funny, profound and relatable all in one.

Spoken Word is a monthly show that gives writers, lyricists, poetry lovers and “closet poets” the opportunity to come together the first Wednesday of each month for N$40 (N$30 for students) at the Warehouse Theatre.

Part of the proceeds go towards the One Love Trust, an organisation which aims to ensure that basic education is a reality for all children of school-going age in Namibia.

Source : The Namibian