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Afro Poetry hosts independence gig


Nthatuoa Koeshe

LOCAL poetry movement Afro Poetry is set to host a gig dubbed Independence Arts Explosion set for 4 October 2018 at Fairways Plaza in celebration of the country’s independence.

Lesotho got its independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966 and will this year celebrate 52 years of independence.

The event themed around the independence celebrations will feature poetry, acapella, hip-hop and comedy performances from local and South African artistes.

Founder and the managing director of Afro Poetry Movement, Thapelo Makotoko, who is well known as Polycarp said they aim to turn Lesotho’s poetry into a productive craft.

“We want to perfect our poetry into a valuable product country wide as we intend to make it aa rewarding industry,” Polycarp said.

He said their line-up will be made up of mostly local artistes whom they want to give exposure and also because they know their country more than foreign artistes.

“We are hosting one of South Africa’s best poets known as Hector Kunene, Lesotho’s own Acapella Moment, Kot Inferno and many other poets such as Afro Poetry, Thabo Marebole and Mokotatsie.

“Since this is an independence arts explosion, we aim to include some great history of Lesotho’s independence in the performances. I am sure every poetry lover already knows that they will be overwhelming performances on the day,” he said.

He further noted that the show was aimed at celebrating Lesotho’s living legends and appreciating the country’s culture and morals.

Afro Poetry is an entertainment outfit that specialises in live poetry and music along live instrumentals and is mainly made up of two poets, one guitarist a keyboardist.

Polycarp said although this will be the debut event, they hope to make it an annual event to celebrate the country’s independence.

He said on the day of the event, the audience is expected to dress in cultural attire or smart casual.



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