Roll call: Poetry Africa 2012

I’m gonna steal some stylistics from Mr Senor Love Daddy, here, on WeLovePoetryAfrica FM, and do a roll call. And that’s the truth, Ruth:


Peter Rorvik, for building this magnificent church;

Magadalene Reddy, Dhiya Bahadur, Andrea Voges,

all three an empress of eternal patience;

Sam Ntombela, of the brownie and of the purse;

Carole Gumede, that one with the widest smile;

Noxolo aka Nox, Matete, for staying beautiful;

Monica Hemming-Rorvik, for making us look good;

Siphindile Hlongwa, Steve Jones, Sakhile Gumede,

Khaya Mbonyana.


And, Jabulani Memela, Mfanelo Ziqubu,

Lindokuhle Sithole and Mervin Naidoo;

Oziel Mdletshe, Thami Mtshali

for driving us all and playing cool music;


Sound and lights, others, more names

I forgot, but you know who you are.


Our Elders

Madosini, Werewere, Tuku and Pedro,

lead, we will follow.

Saul Williams, Poppy Seed and Philo Ikonya.

The Magnet aka Nii AyiKwei Parkes.

The fire and love of D’bi Young.

Tumi Molekane, the rapper who can pay

for an old-school poet’s lunch;

Jessica Mbangeni, Mbali Vilakazi, Tumelo Khoza,

you put the brothers to shame, keep stoking the fire…

Niels Hav, from Denmark, with his hygge pipe.

Solja and Sam, Queen and Prince, may your rule last long.

Oskar Hanska, shine on you crazy mother-fucking diamond.

The unknown creature behind Laura’s eyes.

The snake that is totem to Gouslaye.

Ewok, RESPECT, and for taking the edge off the afternoon.

Croc E M, I re-baptise you, PREACH!

That quiet bird of wisdom in Tolu Ogunlesi’s verse.

Henry Bowers, KONG, KING, KUNG!


Madala Kunene, Zos Kunene.

Isaac Machafa, Praise Zinhuku.

Guy Buttery and Nibs van der Spuy

who know the secret life of rivers.

Vavanger, who we still must hear play…


We want to thank you all for making our lives just a little bit brighter.

We love you, and that’s the triple truth, Ruth.








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