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The real heroes - Selected performances from the Magamba! Subversive Spoken Word event Mashoko!
Kubatana.net
September 01, 2008

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On Saturday 23 August, the Mannenberg Jazz Club in Harare came to life with the "Real Heroes," a Magamba! special Mashoko! Subversive Spoken Word event featuring poets and spoken word artists from across the country.

Kubatana was lucky enough to be there, and recorded some of the acts. Among those present was one of Zimbabwe's leading poets and writers, Julius Chingono, who read Propaganda, Doves, As I Go and The First Woman. As Chingono said, "I find that some of the poetry I wrote before independence still suits the situation here today. We had just a few days of independence." You can read his poetry here.

Unfortunately, Magamba was at the same time as a music event at the Book Café next door, so some of the poetry competes with the band playing. But the few audio clips below give you a taste of some of the up and coming poetry talent alive and well across the country.

Despite Zimbabwe's many challenges, some people are still managing to find the energy and commitment to not only create their art and express their voice, but also to share that - and by so doing, inspire others.

Listen

To get on the mailing list to find out when the next Magamba event is, email detidhodhi@hotmail.com or leslietongai@gmail.com or visit http://www.myspace.com/magamba


Audio File Details

  • Aero - Reality
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 2min 02sec
    Date: August 23, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 1.86MB

  • Aero - Manifest
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 3min 49sec
    Date: August 23, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 3.48MB
  • Death Sentence - Slum poetry
    Summary:
    Language: English
    Duration: 2min 37sec
    Date: August 23, 2008
    File Type: MP3
    Size: 2.38MB

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