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Concerning Blacks

Music / Thomas Pringle

Going by the name “Makhafula Vilakazi” (the title of one of his poems), Matodzi Gift Ramashia grew up in Chiawelo, Soweto. His poetry is a fusion of Tsotsitaal, English, Zulu and Sotho, allowing for an uncompromising depiction of township life, exploring issues which affect his community, such as unemployment and crime.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Gift Matodzi Ramashia – Poetry
Ntsikelelo Matshatshe – Acoustic guitar
Mduduzi Khafela Mathebula – Bass

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Makhafula Vilakazi has performed at various events such as the Botsotso Poetry Festival, the Jozi Spoken Word Festival, Speak the mind (Arts Alive Festival), Be connected International Festival, Music Mayday Festival, Poetry Africa, Wordnsound literary festival, among others.

He has published some of his poems in an anthology “Sections of Six” which was published by Botsotso Publishers.
In 2012 he was a guest commentator in the critically acclaimed documentary series “Why are we so angry?” where he unpacked society’s social ills and also recited his poetry.

In 2018 he performed Concerning Blacks at Joburg Theatre to a sell-out venue bursting at the seams. In 2019 he moved performed Mandela Is Dead to two sold out shows at the Soweto Theatre.

He has published some of his poems in an anthology “Sections of Six” which was published by Botsotso Publishers.
In 2008 he won the B-Connected competition in Soweto run by international creative arts organisation “Music Mayday”– a competition which saw him represent South Africa at the Music Mayday Annual Festival in Tanzania, performing along artists from Ethiopia, Holland and Tanzania.

In 2013 Makhafula Vilakazi released his first album titled “I Am Not Going Back To the township”. The album features Samthing Soweto, Impande Core and Poet/SAfm radio presenter Khanyi Magubane. Makhafula Vilakazi says his first project is about re[de]fining the black person’s identity by scrutinizing history and the effects of historical events on particularly black Africans.

In 2018 he performed Concerning Blacks (which is also the tittle of his recent album) at Joburg Theatre to a sell-out venue bursting at the seams. In 2019 he performed Mandela Is Dead to two sold out shows at the Soweto Theatre.

“His poetry touches on township life in all its animated splendor. Makhafula Vilakazi is a street poet with a lyrical trick up his sleeve.” The Sowetan

  • Venue: Thomas Pringle
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: 1820 Settlers Monument on Lucas Avenue, three levels above the Guy Butler Theatre stage.
  • Ticket Price: R150.00
  • Genre: Music
  • Duration: 60mins
  • Ages: 18+
  • Language: English, Tsotsitaal and isiZulu
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