Nyathi releases video for poem

HARARE - Renowned poet Albert Nyathi, will today release a video of his award-winning poem My Daughter which was turned into a song.

The poem was published in 2012 and won a National Arts Merit Award (Nama) in 2013.

“Last year we recorded a song out of it, and people were asking why we were not making the video, so here it is,” Nyathi said in an interview.

“We have been filming for the past one month and the video will be available on YouTube on October 1. However, we are going to have a launch on October 11, which will be the International Day of the Girl.”

Since 2012, October 11 has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims at highlighting and addressing the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year’s theme is; “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”.

The video features among others; musician Dereck Mpofu, Nyathi’s wife Caroline and other talents.

“In the video you see various characters, I am a rural father, Dereck is a township father, and my wife is a mother from the posh areas and so forth. And the message is it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your race is, these things connect us,” Nyathi said.

The message of My Daughter as Nyathi said in earlier interviews is to create dialogue in society as it is difficult for parents and fathers in particular, to discuss issues of sexuality with their daughters.

The poet has a busy schedule in the coming month as he has various projects he is working on outside the country.

He left the country this weekend for London where he is conducting a poetry project with 15 primary schools there and will be in Johannesburg for a show on October 19, just after his return from London.

Nyathi was also supposed to have attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York but said he had to delay travel as his visa only came out this Friday.

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