Poets honour Dambudzo Marechera, Chingono, Marume

HARARE - Today the Book Café hosts the ‘House of Hunger’ Poetry Slam at Book Café bringing together Zimbabwean poets, to celebrate some of Zimbabwe’s late poetic heroes such as Dambudzo Marechera, Julius Chingono and Olly Marume among others.

This month’s Poetry Slam edition marks its 9th Anniversary since it was established in August 2005.

It will also pay tribute to the people who initiated the Poetry Slam with names like Chirikure Chirikure currently patron of the ‘‘slam’’ and Victor Mavedzenge, later joined by the likes of Cde Fatso, Victor Moyo, Batsirai Chigama, Outspoken, Upmost, PSP, Xapa, Biko a.k.a G.O.Dobori and Itsbho.com among several others.

Evans Mapfumo, who is coordinating the event for Pamberi Trust along with Youth project officer Hector Mugani and MSU intern Sandra Mlambo, said: “This month we are saluting poetry heroes and celebrating their efforts as poetry role models and pacesetters.

“Over the years we have seen good results out of the slam which produces new talent each month. High standards of poetry articulation have been set and this weekend we have no doubt that there will be many fresh and new talented poets.”

The House of Hunger Poetry Slam is named after the prize-winning novel by the late Dambudzo Marechera, the great Zimbabwean writer who rose to international acclaim, and who has become a great source of inspiration for freedom of expression to the young generation, who have seen many social and economic challenges.

Over the past years, the ‘‘slam’’ has been supported by many established poets, who also gained huge experience and exposure from the use of the platform, such as Biko a.k.a G.O.Dobori, Outspoken, Flowchyld and Upmost.

This lively and joyful poetry event has grown with a new generation of poets such as Madzitatiguru, So Profound, The Scarecrow, Vokal, and Momo Size, who took advantage of the platform by show casing their poetic excellence through the aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of literature and language.

For nine years, the House of Hunger Poetry Slam was hosted at Book Café in a country that has been critically polarised and with a socio-political and economic instability.

This has seen a cutting edge of protest poetry despite the repressive climate. Poets honour Dambudzo
Marechera, Chingono, Marume

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