2016 #WNSAwards winners

We kicked off the year with a beautiful award ceremony in the John Kani Theatre in the Market Theatre Complex. Congratulations to all the winners, thank you for sharing your immense talent on our stage.

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Poetry League Champion

After defeating all other contenders and having slayed in the league all throughout Season 6, Bella Cox earned herself the 2016 Poetry League Champion title. She unfortunately was not able to accept her award as she currently lives in the UK.

Best Newcomer

The Poetry League stage has always been about giving emerging poets room to blossom and grow. Having seen Zizipho Bam in 2016, we can’t wait for more in 2017.

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Poet of the Year

Earning the most points after 8 months of slamming on one of the most competitive platforms, is no easy feat. So mad congratulations goes to Kori Strange who travelled from Pretoria each month to rock our stage.

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Perfect Poem & Best Showcase Award

Both these Awards were opened to public vote with strong contenders. In both categories, Zewande Bhengu, proved most popular earning 83% of the votes for Best Showcase and 56% of the Perfect Poem vote for ‘I’m In The Mood Monkey’.

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Athol E Williams Award

This Award honours the true spirit of open mic and recognises the one emerging poet who was consistent on the Word N Sound stage, showed most growth and dedication regardless of their placing in the slam. Congratulations to NazFloe, it has been amazing watching her grow, we can’t wait for more!

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Innovation in Poetry

For the second year running, Modise Sekgothe got up to accept the Innovation in Poetry Award that he shares this year with Lerato Mbangeni for their production “Meera Me” that ran at the South African State Theatre.

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Word N Sound Honours

This Award is our massive shout out to other people and organisations doing great work for literature in SA. This year we honoured the Abantu Book Festival for advancing and celebrating black excellence in literature. Napo Masheane was honoured for being the driving force behind the Vavasati Women’s Festival. “We do not have enough women’s festivals,” said Thabiso Mohare, Word N Sound CEO, “we hope we’ll see loads more.”

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