Poets staged a stunning show at the Gaborone International Music Culture week (GIMC) at Botswana craft on Wednesday.
The lineup consisted of established and upcoming poets such as TJ Dema, Lesego ‘Leshie Lovesong’ Nchunga, Mandisa Mabutho and Gomolemo Motsamai.
Poets kept the audience entertained with their charming lyrical gift, which was accompanied by different rhythms provided by instrumentalists. They touched on different issues and experiences that ranged form religion, poverty, love and joy.
Thumbs up to Mandisa Mabuthoe, who set the bar high with her skilful metaphors, which twisted a lot of minds in the audience, as she recited a spiritual ballad titled Gifted Tribe.
“Jesus was a hopeless drunkard like me… God is a gentleman,” she said. Moving from the spiritual performance she upped the game with a romantic piece of lovemaking as she emotionally expressed it with her face. Mandisa left the crowd charmed by her wordsmith expertise. As the night went on rhythm and poetry dominated through Gomolemo Motsamai who staged a diversified performance with some ancient African elements to it.
The poet preached about African life, respecting Ubuntu, and getting rid of social ills.
His choir performed Margaret Singana’s Shaka Zulu movie soundtrack, while Boski the Percussionist was on the Mbira.
Young poet, Delerecal touched many hearts with a concuss piece that spoke about the world struggles. He recited about brothers in Gaza who are suffering, asking questions and praying for racism and the struggle to end. He played around with metaphors, which gave a bit of imagination in one’s mind.
He dedicated one of the poems to his father, talking of how he missed him in his growing years since he was not there to teach him life lessons that a growing man requires.
Accompanying him was a guitarist and a vocalist.
Poetry queen TJ Dema closed the night, and this time around everyone paid full attention. TJ added humour during her performance talking about water shortages as she went on to recite about a flowing river in one of her pieces. Despite her rich experience she showed love and respect for her young counterparts.