RANTOLOKO ‘THETRUTH’ MOLOKOANE – FEAR NOT FAILURE

Histories have been taught to speak of us black people in ways that buckle our knees before monsters that escaped from our hands to terrorize our worlds of creation.

Now we stand enslaved by our doubts, fears and failures walking the scorching earth with nightmares playing on repeat in our dulled eyes.

The skies we coloured with our spirits now weigh heavy in our lives as limits.

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MAAKOMELE R. MANAKA – STILL IN THE MAKING

I was disappointed to find out that I am only human, and that my superhuman strength only extended on paper and canvas. I was admitted into hospital for two weeks after an intense year of trying to find my voice. During that year, it was as if I was possessed by what Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca calls duende.

Stripping down my human form, undressing all of myself to be naked on the canvas and on stage.

Looking back, I felt like what Hip-Hop artist, Thirstin Howl the 3rd says in one of his songs, “My style is so naked and untouched, on stage I feel like I am half dressed”

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