Of Litfest Masvingo

Litfest masvingo

Of Lifest Masvingo

Big things mostly happen in the big cities, while the small towns seem destined for small things even though the dreams are the same, the opportunities not so much.

golden opportunity

I hail from such a small town, always awed and in envy of the creative arts communities in Bulawayo and Harare; a quick check of events and you will find from hip hop conferences to creativity workshops; while the only constant event I can name from home is the Masvingo Drama Festival.

One thing I really love about the internet is that geographic boundaries do not constrain you, everything is a click away whether you are in a smallest of towns or the largest of metro-cities in the global village we might as well as be standing side by side…

global community

While scrolling through my timeline on the interwebs I was delightfully surprised to find Litfest was coming to Masvingo ….again.

litfest comes to Masvingo again
poetry slam

LitFest Harare is an annual event, to celebrate Zimbabwean Literature and they are currently running a poetry outreach programme in collaboration with various stakeholders.

a celebration of literature in Zimbabwe

Whilst checking out the details for the poetry slam, I was both pleased and dismayed to also discover that a poetry Masterclass was in progress; pleased because I love it when these things happen in the small towns and dismayed at the fact that I was finding out only then, while it was already happening; that it was happening…..

https://www.facebook.com/litfestharare
Masvingo litfest poetry masterclass

The poetry workshop covered

  • From novice to professional poetry
  • Publishing
  • Technology, marketing and branding
  • Perfecting the art of writing

Facilitators Rudo Chakanyuka, Chirikure Chirikure, Robson Shoes Lambada an Edward Dzonze

I missed out on the workshop but I was there for the slam, the performances were so electric that there was an electricity blackout ok

power black out

…. maybe that was not the reason why there was a power cut but still the show went on, first under the light of phone flashlights from the audience and then generator power; mains electricity came back on in time for the final round……

The lineup for the poetry slam had the following ensemble;

  • Ngoni The Poet Wenduru
  • Lisa Sibanda
  • The Cyclone
  • Christopher The New Tone
  • Takudzwa Mhuru
  • Takudzwa Mashoko Mazwi

Intervals between rounds were filled with guest perfomances by Chirikure Chirukre, NRS The Nameless Radio Station, The Preacher

The slam comprised of three elimination rounds, as wordsmiths dished out verbal servings on the poetic platter with a menu ranging from the serious to the whimsical that included identity, jilted lovers, domestic violence, feminism, love and even how to deal with a bad debtors.

A shoutout to the debut performers; it takes heart to stand in front of a group of people and bare your soul… and congrats to the lucky poet of the evening Ngoni The Poet Wenduri

The Litfest team was then heading to Bulawayo for another poetry treat

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This is a great initiative in engaging the creative arts and I really feel creatives need to learn how to embrace the digital space establishing the brands that they are, and you can read that as me encouraging people to take up blogging, so the rest of the world can discover the gem that you are and your story……..

~B

Image credits Litfest Harare

12 Comments

    1. hahaha because hello…. Masvingo Drama Festival lol I am sure other things happen but thats the first thing that comes to mind, my mind anyway….
      Masvingo is my hometown, thats where my roots are ^_^
      ~B

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  1. I have a challenge for you…instead of waiting to have some activities happen in Masvingo why not start regular ones? An annual shindig of sort? Think about it 🙂

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    1. So here’s the low down, my country is a former British Colony and they did a darn good job at whatever it is they sought to do that even now years after independence well English(UK) is the official language of instruction from the education sector in classes to the workplace; although we do have 15 other official languages which are shall I say more local to this region.
      ~B

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      1. language is quite fascinating!!!! Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to how language shapes our identity and culture.For example some things get lost in translation or end up forgotten because you cant find a word for them…..
        Its part of why I started this blog, somewhere between all the words that can be read herein lies my identity, the sum total of all I am.
        ~B

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