Poets showcase their craft

Vusumuzi Mpofu took first place.

Poets impressed at a poetry competition in Bellville last weekend, offering something fresh and new, say judges.

The second prelim of the Cape Town Poetry Slam took place at Bellville library on Saturday August 19 with 25 poets vying for the top-three spots.

But it was Vusumuzi Mpofu, Afeefa Omar and Malebo Kekana who impressed with their content, craft and delivery, and they will now battle other poets for the title of Poetry Slam champ at the Open Book Festival on Saturday September 9.

The 20-year-old Vusumuzi took the first place and is excited to have made it to the final.

He said he was most looking forward to being around other poets and meeting like minded people.

The full-time artist from Kraaifontein is doing a course at Act Cape Town and working on his album.

His poetry revolves around his life experiences.

Landsdowne’s Afeefa Omar only started sharing her poetry this year.

The 21-year-old, who is originally from East Africa, writes about issues of identity, displacement, womanhood, being Muslim and self-censorship.

She is studying BA Psychology at UWC and is looking forward to sharing her work in the finals.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) student Maleba “MelB” Kekana entered the competition as she wanted to meet other poets and listen to their work to help her grow and improve her work.

“I love being around other poets, learning and growing in this type of environment,” she said.

The second year industrial engineering student’s poetry is about emotional and social issues.

She said she was excited and thankful to have made it to the finals.

The slam had three rounds. In the first, each poet had one minute to recite their work, with the top 10 going to the second round where they had two minutes to recite their poems.

The top seven had three minutes, from where the top three were selected.

Adrian van Wyk, from InZync Poetry, which is running the slams in collaboration with Open Book Festival, said the competition created an open space for anyone who wanted to share their work, and he had been amazed by the level of poetry.

Two of the three prelim slams have taken place with the last one on Saturday September 2 at Cape Town Central library.

The final takes place at the Fugard Theatre, in the city, September 9, at 8pm as part of the Open Book Festival.

* Visit InZync Poetry’s Facebook page for more information on the upcoming slam.