It has been an interesting year in the Word N sound stage. Bella Poetry and Xabiso Vili came out guns blazing to represent the Capital City. Southern Comfort proved that with consistency and hard work, growth is inevitable. Thobani Mntambo was the only newcomer to make it to the finale and Vuyelwa Maluleke was certainly a black girl plotting when she returned to the Poetry League slam fiercer than ever.
These five poets will have to once again dig deep to find the poems they will bring to this epic final battle at the Soweto Theatre on Sat 3 October.
“I’m really excited about getting to slam,” says Vuyelwa, “about getting to share these stories.”
These are the very same stories that have Xabiso pushing himself even harder. “I think my biggest threat, if forced to choose one, would have to be Vuyelwa Maluleke,” he said. “Just because of her honesty, both in writing and performance.”
All eyes will certainly be on Thobani, as the only newcomer to make it to the finale. “I do not know to what degree, but the stage will be set on fire,” he says.
When asked what message she has for her fellow Poetry League finalist, Bella simply said: “My 4 fellow poets better watch out!”
Now it’s anyone’s bet who will be crowned the 2015 Word N Sound Poetry League Champion (a title previously held by Thando Bhuthelezi – 2014, Mandi Vundla – 2013 & 2012 and Masai Dabula 2011) but Southern Comfort seems to have a good idea of who it might just be.
“The Top 5 is so unpredictable,” he says. “Everyone who’s in it is capable of winning the Slam Championship title and I believe it’s going to be me!”
Well one thing is definitely for sure, Saturday 3 October should have a bright red ring around it on your calendar because this year’s Poetry League Finale is one not to be missed!