Protest Poet battles Scribe the Healer

BULAWAYO - Poets Protest Poet and Scribe the Healer will battle it out on April 22 at National Gallery in Bulawayo at an event under the banner “Mlom’wakho Poetry Slam”.

The Poetry Slam is inspired by the current political upheavals in the country and features two local talented poets Bhekumusa Moyo better known as the Protest Poet battling it out with Tswarelo Mothobi aka Scribe the Healer.

Mlom’ wakho is a Ndebele word which literally means “Your Mouth”.

According to Moyo, the show is meant to bridge the gap left by the shrinking civic space and inspired by the current political trends in the country.

“The Zimbabwean political, civic and economic woes which citizens are subjected to inspire our poetry,” Moyo told the Daily News.

“As poets, we are the voice for the voiceless, mirrors of the society, hence it is our mandate to speak what we see happening without fear or favour,” he said.

He added that the Poetry Slam was inspired by the need to open space for free dialogue on issues affecting the country.

“Mlom’Wakho Poetry Slam’s vision is to assume the leading role in freedom of expression through poetry development in Bulawayo, Matabeleland and Zimbabwe as a whole,” Moyo said, adding that the ultimate goal is to host a Poetry Festival in Bulawayo with an alternative approach, voice and format to the norm.

The Protest Poet known for his radical poetry further noted that the slam intends to bring into light contemporary issues that are not usually debated publicly at different platforms.

“This show will touch on topics such as Pan-Africanism versus good governance, white privilege versus tribal privilege, corruption, black consciousness, socio-political and economic issues and others.”

Scribe the Healer who will be battling The Protest Poet is a writer, who has been at the core of the arts in Bulawayo for a number of years working on film, theatre, literature and music. He has presented his poetry at Shoko Festival, Hifa, Intwasa, Maun International festival among others.

On the other hand, his counterpart the Protest Poet is an author, playwright and poet who majors on development theatre and protest poetry.

He was the Zimbabwe national champion for the Power in the Voice International Festival in 2007 and was the country representative at the International showcase in 2008.

This poet-cum-playwright has been on stage at the prestigious Hifa, Intwasa Festival, Sadc Poetry Festival (Botswana), Word n Sound Festival (SA) and has read his poetry in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Kenya, Zambia and Namibia.

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