VICTORY Siyanqoba boss, Desire Moyo, has ventured into poetry following revelations he is set to release two albums titled Never Again and Here Comes Trouble this mid-year.
The albums, which borders on protest music, would be followed by the release of a video later in the year.
Moyo, director of Victory Siyanqoba Trust — a non-governmental organisation which pushes for the liberalisation of the arts through its flagship programme Eziko Theatre Laboratory — penned several controversial plays on human rights issues and democracy.
In an exclusive interview with Southern Eye Lifestyle, Moyo known in arts circles as “Moyoxide” revealed his new-found passion for poetry.
“Of late I have been addressing a myriad of social and political issues through theatre, but now I want to establish myself as a poet — a freedom poet,” Moyo, a former teacher explained.
“Freedom poet, aka Moyoxide, is a practical idea of voicing issues. It is a poetic journey whose destination is freedom of expression.”
Although poetry has in the past failed to attract followers as it is regarded by many as an ancient genré with no significance in contemporary arts, Moyo believes poetry is the only arts genré with transformative power.
Quizzed about the new dimension which he has brought to the flickering genré Moyo said: “Traditional form of poetry is not the standard and neither is it the benchmark nor epitome of excellence. It is simple for people who face creative problems. I do performance poetry which is a fusion of poetry and music.”
Moyo has made a breakthrough with regional audiences with exclusive acts at events such as the United Nations Women summit in Ethiopia and the Global Power Women’s Network forums in several countries.