Shoko! Festival Explodes To Life As Mandisa Mabuthoe Wins Poetry Slam

Botswana’s Mandisa Mabuthoe performed pitch-perfect poetry last night as she walked away as the winner of the Poetry Slam Express at Mannenberg as part of the Shoko! International Spoken Word and Hip Hop Festival.

Performing to a packed house, her style exuding understated swag and human vulnerability proved popular in a field that had some heavyweight hitters. Her final round poem, Dreaming is a Gift for Me, received a standing ovation from sections of the audience, seduced by Mandisa’s disarming skill.

Speaking to the 3-mob, Mandisa, who unfortunately had to leave Zimbabwe this morning for performances in South Africa said she was overwhelmed by the response of the audience and that she was keen to come back as soon as possible, adding that her two and a half days here, had made her feel as if this was the home she was looking for.

The final round was a powerhouse one featuring the three female poets out of a field of four. Xapa, Flowchyld and Mandisa were joined by Kenyan poet Tim Mwaura.

Other poets who graced the night were KB, Lungile, Blaqpearl, Mischa to name a few.

Super-MC Hired Gun who was in the audience said he was blown away by the performances on the night, and later wrote on his twitter.

They dont understand what goes down in Zim!

The festival now moves to the main stage at Alliance Francaise where various workshops and concerts over the next two days promise to be both epic and enlightening.

The festival is a Magamba Network initiative.