On the 13th of December we will get to experience the breathtaking  energy of  Poetic  Thursdays  one last time in 2018 and this time it features as part of a 5 day Festival named ‘I love Soweto’ at Soweto Theatre.

The show kicks off at 8pm as usual and tickets are R20 via www.sowetotheatre.com  and R40 @ the door.

Media liason: Siyabonga Mthembu
E: siyabongamthembu@sowetotheatre.com
C: 073 393 5387

Producer: Kgotso Motaung
C:083 382 2246


Artists Profiles:

Maakomele Manaka , was born in Diepkloof zone 6, Soweto in 1983. The first of two boys born to artistic parents. Mak, as he is widely known is the son of the late Matsemela Manaka a well known visual artist, poet, play write and black consciousness activist . His mother, Nomsa Kupi Manaka is a pioneer of African dance, an established dancer,choreographer, and actress in South Africa. With a natural artistic gift as a poet and writer and a strong artistic heritage , Mak was destined to be an artist.

South African icon Don Mattera says, “If genius can be genetically connected and if it flows from generation to generation, then Mak Manaka is the epitome of it. He comes from a dynasty of talented, creative and gifted people Nomsa and Matsemela”.

At the age of 5, Mak received a young writer award this making him oneto be earmarked for the future.

Mlamli Maloyi from Chiawelo Soweto considers himself young, talented and and ambitious. With a qualification in BA Dramatic Arts from Wits, Mlamli is driven and is keen on learning and has transformed from one platform to the next. Mlamli has hosted networking and interpersonal business workshops. Mlamli has written and directed theatre productions and has also staged soliloquies  at the Wits great theatre and Soweto theatre as a young  emerging director. Mlamli has been published and is an awarded writer.

Southern Comfort from Germiston Guateng is a published author and one of the faces of the current slam poetry emerging in Souther Africa. He has made it to finals of such competitions as ‘Slam for your life’, ‘Word N Sound poetry league’ and Tshwane Poetry Finals.  Apart from being a theatre practioner he is a qualified nurse and personal trainer. His book ‘Nursing in Poetry” is available across popular book stores in Johannesburg and is a 2018 publication which is also his debut collection of poems.  Tonal mastery ,vigour and authetincity  are the 3 things that best describe this dynamic act.

Bantu Project is a trio made up of Tshimo Mamogale on percussion,Bolepu Mathabatha (fluitist)and Tumi Dibakwane on guitar and vocals and hail from Soshanguve. The band has played together for 3 years now and has headlined African Jazz Pioneers amongst other festivals. Bantu Project intends on using poetry ,theatre and music as a social tool we can all engange in. The band members all have experience playing in other bands and playing other genres before coming together this making for a very interesting stew pot with many different flavours, textures and tastes.


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