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The musicality of words is an important element of poetry, and many poets warily consider the sound of the words on the page. Patrons are invited to listen and appreciate an evening of jazz poetry hosted by Natalia Molebatsi with guests Vangi Gantsho and Florence Masebe through word, sound, rhythm, and improvisation.

 

Award-winning actress, producer and writer Florence Masebe; who’s recently published “The Heart Knows’ – a book of poems adapted from a series of entries detailing her personal journey of loss while grieving for her son will, alongside Vangi Gantsho perform words and poetry in the spirit of Healing, Pan Africanism and Sisterhood, backed by a jazz trio composed of Lex Futshane on bass, Siphiwe Shiburi on Drums and Yonela Mnana on piano.

 

 

Masebe is also the executive producer of Elelwani, the first Tshivenda film to be screened in South African cinemas and was an acculturation of a novel by the late Dr Titus Ntsieni Maumela, who as a teacher in the 1950s, wanted to show how education was an important vehicle to change the treatment of women in the Venda community. Maumela’s ‘Elelwani’ which means ‘to remember’, gave a voice to many Vhavenda who were told to study Sepedi or given books that were extracts from the Bible.  Florence as a student in Tshakuma, Limpopo read the book at school.

 

 

Held in conjunction with The Orbit –Home of Jazz, Words In Motion will take place on22 May 2018 at 20:00, host Molebatsi says “With this event, which will be a regular feature on the Orbit stage, each time with different acclaimed poets, we want to provide seasoned poets and writers with an international space where audiences can be treated to poetic expressions while also deeply exploring the link between poetry and jazz music.”

 

 

Gantsho is unapologetically womanist and recently co-founded Impepho Press. She has participated in poetry plays, events, and festivals on the continent and abroad.Having authored two collections, ‘Undressing In Front of The Window’ (2015) and Red Cotton (2018), Vangi holds an MA, with distinction, in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes.

 

 

Molebatsi has performed her poetry on international stages with icons such as Alice Walker and Linton Kwesi Johnson. She released her album“Natalia Molebatsi and the Soul Making” in 2015. Her latest book Elephant Woman Song is an elegy for her late grandmother.

 

 

Tickets cost R100 and bookings can be made in advance on info@theorbit.co.za or by phone 011 339 6645 or can also be bought at the door on the day of the event.

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