Poets leave crowds mesmerised

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THE 10 poets who performed at the Gathering of Poets on the first day of Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo left fans asking for more at the National Art Gallery on Tuesday night.

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The poets comprised five males and five females.

Each performed two pieces.

Renowned poet Sithandazile Dube, Philani, Heather, Mgcini Ncube, Sypho and Tswa, Zana Kay, among others showcased on the night.

Dube did a piece on love and another on peace.

The established poet hailed the organisers of the festival and also the audience.

“The festival means so much to us artistes. It gives us time and space to express ourselves and what we feel,” she said.

“I was happy to see a lot of poets coming through with seasoned poets such as Mgcini and also upcoming poets — it gives them a platform to grow and become better performers.”

Zana Kay, a female poet, received wild cheers from the audience as she put up amazing and well-polished acts on love.

Another poet who mesmerised the fans was Philani who did a poem on his life, hip-hop and politics.

Another poetry session titled Women, Wine and Words was set for last night at Bulawayo Theatre with female poets from Namibia, Botswana and South Africa participating.