“When I speak about history, I am specifically speaking about the stories of the people that migrated to Johannesburg – looking back to the gold rush; to black men and women forced to leave their families to work in Johannesburg as miners and domestic workers
“Back in the day, Tsonga people used to hide their Tsonganess, especially in Johannesburg. They would easily speak other languages and hide their true selves and heritage. This is slowly changing, but there are some who are still in hiding. My show plays a very important role in getting those in hiding to come out.
Then enter Zondo, a Newcastle dreamer who recorded her own Friday show in her room for an audience of zero. She watched on intrigued as Matheba enthralled the nation every Friday night, and vowed to occupy that space one day in the future.
With over 50 combined years of poetic practice experience, the barren Jozi skies have at least unleashed upon us three consecutive weeks of spectacular poetry. The three kings comprising Mutle Mothibe, Makhafula Vilakazi and Sabelo Soko will recall the past and the contemporary in titles, Disassembling Mutle Mothibe, Mandela Is Dead and the Umkhondo Experience respectively.
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