Lelethu to bare her poetic soul

Octayvia Nance

SPOKEN word artist Lelethu “PoeticSoul” Mahambehlala celebrates a milestone journey of 10 years as a poet with a two-hour one night only performance at the Opera House at 6.30pm tonight.

Organizer Bantu Mtshiselwa said her performance will be backed by a live band, choral music and dance.

“The artists that will be featured that day are all from the Eastern Cape.

“They are artists whom PoeticSoul has taken a certain liking to; among those will be the legendary Bongani Tulwana who has been almost like a Godfather of the PE music scene, emerging musician Joash Soobramoney who plays the saxophone, violinist Siseko Pame of Wise Fools, former Take Note bassist Sinetemba Ncetani, Take Note member Asanda Mqiki – who is a vocalist in her own right and percussionist Lonwabo Xatasi,” he said.

Mtshiselwa was also excited to mention that singer-songwriter Bongeziwe Mabandla, who has appeared on local soapie Generations, will be flying in from Johannesburg to perform.

“Oh yes and Dumisani Maswana, also known as Dumza, is making an appearance too.

“He’s flying down to Port Elizabeth for the event.

“The sound is supposed to be a mixture of jazz and traditional, mixing traditional indigenous sound and some jazz sounds to see what comes out when you mix all of that with poetry,” Mtshiselwa said.

“This night promises to be a poetic collage of Lelethu’s travels and experiences told in poetry.

” She intends to show the audience where she comes from and where she is now,” he said.

“She chose to celebrate her milestone with all the things she likes and enjoys – not only as a poet but also as a part of a bigger family of artists and as a child of Port Elizabeth,” he said.

Through her poetry, Mahambehlala became involved with Nubian Mantombazana, a non-governmental organisation that aims to emancipate young women of the metro.

She has helped host a Life Lessons project at Port Elizabeth’s KwaMagxaki High School and various events at the North End Prison for women.

“People, life, the ever-changing times and the fact that writing allows one to journey to a positive space inspires me,” Mahambehlala said.

Mahambehlala was also the creator of the Her Words women’s empowerment programme at the PE Opera House last year.

The tickets are R60 per head and are priced at R30 for scholars.

ýFor more information, contact Bantu Mtshiselwa on 073-054-1491.

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