Sweden Meets Soweto Poetry Showcase

Join us to witness Sweden’s most accomplished poets together with South Africa’s own. Hear My Voice in conjunction with the Soweto Theatre is proud to present Sweden Meets Soweto; a showcase of three visiting Swedish poets Amer Sarsour, Olivia Bergdahl and Henry Bowers as well as our very own Ntsiki Mazwai, KB Kilobyte and Grace Zwane. This event is made possible by The Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria as well as Poetic Thursdays.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Time: 20:00

Entry: R50.00 [Students & Pensioners R40.00]

More information about the Sweden_South Africa Poetry Exchange can be found online at www.hearmyvoice.co.za or #SE_SA @HearMyVoiceSA on twitter, facebook and Instagram.

The show forms part of the Sweden_South Africa Poetry Exchange, made possible by the Embassy of Sweden with funding from the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish Institute.


Henry Bowers

Henry Bowers is one of Europe’s leading slam-poets. He is also nationally known and acclaimed as one of Sweden’s best hip-hop acts. Henry Bowers is also known as Kung Henry, which is the name used when the lyrics are in Swedish. Henry’s poetry and music is reflecting society as well as his person with a huge spark in the eye and a lot of irony. It’s intelligent, sharp and to the point. In an effective way he breaks down the wall between high culture and mass culture as he takes influences from and refers to everything from horror films and children’s stories to classic masterpieces and great philosophers, everything combined with a dose of humour.

2008 – Participating in the International Poetry Slam in Bolzano, Italy, ending up at 2nd place. 2007 – Guest Poet at the BBC National Slam in Brighton, UK. 2006 – Winner of The Four Continent Slam-tour in Great Britain. This is a contest where eight of the world’s foremost slam-poets from four different continents tour the UK for 14 days, and one winner is appointed.

Olivia Bergdahl

Olivia Bergdahl is a Swedish spoken word-poet and novelist. At the age of 28, the former Swedish Slam Champion has spent 15 years on stage and released both a poetry collection and a record, lectured in creative writing and received national acclaim thanks to her debut novel “After the Echo”. Awards from Swedish Radio, appearances at the Royal Theatre and continuous tours through Sweden, Europe and the US – proves Olivia as one of the most experienced and extraordinary, Nordic performers of live poetry today.

Amer Sarsour

Amer Sarsour is a Swedish-Palestinian poet whose work is often written in the Swedish language.

He has been performing spoken word on some of Sweden’s most influential and prestigious stages the past seven years.

His poetry is often political and deals with matters concerning existentialism. He currently lives in his hometown Uppsala and is a student of the art of discourse, Rhetoric.


Ntsiki Mazwai

If being unequivocal had a face Ntsiki Mazwai would be that face. It is through her social media that some of her opinions are popularized and even challenged; although it is through her art one would be able to know her heart.

Throughout her illustrious and evergreen career she has been a force to be reckoned with and a household name that resonates with the bulk of South African people.What is known as the Jo’burg poetry scene  today and many elements that form it were pioneered by Ntsiki and her contemporaries. A dependable face; her  crossover hit ‘Uwrongo’ certified her as a versatile and multi faceted and multi skilled artist and introduced her to a much larger scene than just the poetry or literature space.

‘The Queen’ is what she is affectionately known as; an avant-garde social rights activist, musician,awarded poet who is sure of her work.Most of her poetry exposes her deep rootedness in Africanism, a generous and transparent being who tells the peoples story-without holding back, telling our story unashamedly. She boasts an MA in Politics and remains one of the leading revolutionary voices in the South African sicio political landscape whilst equally being one of South Africa’s brightest stars.

A well travelled artist who has collaborated with many a South African legend; exploring the foremost themes in South Africa like racism and patriarchy and is sometimes the centre of controversy for it.

SAMA nominee,theatre productions,poetry and live music concerts,community service awards, a beadwork range, running her website and more; she remains a darling,a raging flame of love;love for culture,justice and wellness.


Grace Zwane

Grace Zwane is an all rounded writer who was gifted with the heart of a poet. A storyteller tracing her ancestors footsteps in order to find her voice. Inspired by her surroundings she reflects the times and writes for healing. Find her on https://www.gracezwane.co.za/


KB Kilobyte

Kabelo ‘KB’ Ringane, born in Pretoria Hammanskraal, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pretoria. Poet, Singer and Engineer has been in the poetry scene since 2004 with his first poetry movement in hammanskraal called ART-etude. He has graced many stages locally and internationally from Mauritius, Namibia and Zimbabwe such as the Speak The Mind Poetry Festival and the Poetica Open book Festival among others.

Sweden meets Soweto 27th February

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