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Nite of Love Words

2007-07-06 16:35
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Obviously G-town is known for the swarm of the weird and wonderful during festival time. Maybe I am one of those, dressed appropriately to mix in with arties and intellectuals. I gave up my heels for the fake all stars, the choice footwear in G-town. My hair was wrapped Erikah Badu style mainly to keep in the warmth, but also to take on a different personality.

I stepped into the Village Green, a bustling part of town where marketers trade and customers buy items they do not need. I almost became one of those people. A seller shouting out “Rasta, Rasta” above the noise of the market was actually staring right at me, pointing at his red, yellow and green stock. To his disappointment, I told him I was not a Rasta. I continued to get Rastafarian greetings from mostly brother in dreads. So it’s hardly surprising that I wound up at a poetry show featuring men in dreads.

Let me mention that Grahamstown is soaking in love, every corner you turn couples are holding hands. Sometimes it’s even threesomes holding hands – although some of my colleagues argue that it’s only a futile attempt to combat the crazy cold.

So, the poetry reading’s title: Nite of Words presents Blood love didn’t give much away. However I was looking forward to the poetry. After all, during my university days, Wednesdays were spent at open mic poetry session, where the Peach Fuzz band would play quietly in the background. I also grew up watching movies where poetry is the central the story, Poetic Justice and Love Jones just to name a few. But Blood Love was more than what I could have expected. The poetry was filled with love and was dramatised to an entertaining feast.

- Nomfundo Mbaba + Tshabalala
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