It was a night of artistic expression, fusing poetry, rap, jazz music and exceptional dancing skills at Thapong Visual Arts Centre on Saturday as a group of performers converged to demonstrate and celebrate their talents.
From a young man who ricited a complementary poem to honour the Three Dikgosi, to the 16- year-old girl who performed with tears rolling down her cheeks, different performers demonstrated good skill and passion.
First to set the tone was Lere ‘ Delereal’ Dingalo with his rhythmic piece I Dream Of Peace.
The young man expressed fear and frustration that the world goes through due to unending wars especially in the Middle East. He laced his poem with words that give hope.
His audiences cheered as he descended down with a soft bass towards the end of the piece.
A little later a female poet by the name of Mimi upped the ante with another smooth flowing poem that sought to elaborate the challenges that continue to haunt human kind. She metaphorically likened the hardships to dodging bullets in gangland.
Her crowd seemed to enjoy it most when she became emotional at the end of her poem.
Tears streaming down her cheeks, the youngsters looked up as if to ask for strength from the creator.
But a rapper called Etha would not let a woman steal the limelight. He immediately got the crowd hooked with the line; “when I say hip hop you say one” and from then on he would lead the crowd like a highly charged pastor during a Sunday sermon.
Wild cheers for his good showing could be heard from afar as the young crowd was taken to a new level of entertainment.
With almost all the performers being relatively unknown, Harmonic Angel seemed to be the popular performers of the night, and they truly lived up to expectations. The trio showed their class and improvisation and left the crowd calling for more.
Lead vocalist Mimi Moje ruptured the silence that covered the place minutes before the band came on stage, with a piercing voice, some interesting stage antics combining traditional dance and jazz dance moves to set the crowd on a jubilant mood.
The band’s lead guitarist Bojosi Ntseane showed some tremendous skill in a male dominated field, executing composure and resilience much to the crowd’s delight.