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Verses: A Rhapsody

2007-07-10 15:31
The air was tainted with anticipation as we stepped over the threshold of our destination. Money exchanged hands. On our inner wrists they placed the stamp of approval. Its blue ink read: ‘Zula Bar’. One foot followed the other up the worn-out wooden stairs and round the corner where the lights beckoned, soft purples and pinks. Then warmth and life and oh-so many pairs of All Stars: the underground poets of the Verses open mic session. A session attended by the Mother City’s premium lyricists, showcasing their talent. Their acolytes peer up at them while sipping on martinis and adjusting their faux-fur cheater-print coats while their aficionados look upon them with smiling eyes under wild hair and funky hats.

We came prepared. Cameras and contemplations of a performance by our very own poet Thobeka Linda. Unsure what the night had premeditated for us we seized a not so non-alcoholic beverage from the over-populated bar before sinking into one of the many leather-coated beanbags that dotted the floor.

Through the wisps of cigarette smoke and rays of multi-coloured spotlights, the silhouette of MC Nicole Moody emerged. Dressed in black and followed by a fluffy ponytail of considerable size, she made her way to the mic to open the session. The rest, dear friends, was caught on tape and is ready for your viewing pleasure.

-Hit it (broadband high)
-Hit it (broadband low)
-Check out the poetic talent in Grahamstown

- Natalie Sineke De Freitas
*Note: Verses can be caught on the last Wednesday of every month at Zula Bar.
It was a Wednesday night. Long Street was cold and moody. Our footsteps echoed behind us. Our breath went before us as words were muttered concerning punctuality and the formalities that were to follow.
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