Aspiring local artists captivated the audience with their immense talent at the Word of Mouth, a poetry and traditional music event on Friday.
The artists, who were poets and traditional instrument artists, served the audience with endless entertainment at the National Museum’s Little Theatre. Some of the beautiful acts showcased that night were that of Emmanuel Boefelo, Ogomodistwe Jenamiso, whose nickname was Yellowbone and Nomieto.
In one of his poems titled Let Men Mould, Boefelo described himself as a man and said he was jealous about it. However, he pointed out that sometimes being a man became a curse because men were in most cases associated with crimes such as robbery, murder, rape and others.
“We are commemorating World HIV Day and 60 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence especially to females and children. It is important for us as men to protect these people but when you go to prisons, men than females are prone to drug abuse, over speeding, and other crimes. Why do you call yourself a man when you do crime and hurt women? I don’t do drugs, commit robbery, I don’t rape and I don’t over speed,” he recited.
In his other poem titled Nako Tsele, he talked of a woman called Mmasekgethu. Boefelo described her as a mischievous woman who was a home wrecker and had multi-concurrent relationships. Despite being kicked out of the village, Mmasekgethu did not refrain from ill-mannered behaviour
Sephiri, Boefelo’s other poem was about a certain woman called Mma-Thebe. The poet talked of how he could not hide Mma-Thebe’s devious acts anymore. Even though she was a church member, she was said to be doing evil things and thus became the talk of the town. She married off her children to milk off her son-in-laws’ hard earned money and did not instill Setswana morale in her children.
For her part, Jenamiso played Setinkane. She kept the audience mesmerised with beautiful melodies from some of the popular national and international artists songs such as Hugh Masikela’s Mmaririmotshwana, Ngingo Johwa’s Kumbumchochocho and others.
Multi-talented Nomieto recited a beautiful musical poetry piece titled Africa. She also played a musical piece, which she dedicated to a girl child. The song was about a girl child forced into early marriage. In the song the young artist sang about how she did not approve being married at a young age as she had dreams about her future. She talked of how being oppressed and forced into marriage at such a tender age affected her. Other aspiring artists also displayed impressive performances. The event was organised by Cherryapple.