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Victor Dlamini

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Victor Dlamini on SAfm: Live at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Judith Sephuma in SongSAfm Literature moves from a chilly Johannesburg to a veritably ice-locked Grahamstown this weekend (according to advance reports – here’s hoping the “big thaw” happens before our arrival), to catch up with the literary goings on at the National Arts Festival.

As the festival is designed mainly to showcase performance – dance, music, theatre – I include here a photograph I took recently of jazz vocalist Judith Sephuma, who you can see live in Grahamstown next Friday and Saturday. (Go to Computicket and search for “Sephuma” to book.)

But there’s plenty to occupy lovers of South African literature, too, thanks to Chris Mann and his fringe-associated WordFest, which is supplying the bulk of my guests. Tune in and expect to hear:

  • Chris Mann himself.
  • Finuala Dowling, poet and novelist.
  • Maxine Case and Lebo Mashile, who will discuss the question, ““Is SA writing breaking new grounds?”
  • Rico Schachert and Stephen Francis of Madam & Eve fame – please click over to see their highly appropriate June calendar wallpaper for computer desktops; I wonder what July will bring?
  • I’ll also be speaking to musician Neo Muyanga, a singluar talent who keeps an intruiging quote at the top of his homepage: “… often I can’t listen to music. It acts on my nerves. It makes one want to say a lot of sweet nonsense and stroke the heads of people who live in a filthy hell-hole, and yet can create such beauty.” Who said that? Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov – a.k.a. Lenin – of course!

Gabeba BaderoonAnd now I can’t resist including another shot of that eminently photographable poet, Gabeba Baderoon, who in her readings deserves to be credited as a performer in her own right. (Have you seen this video of her?)

Finally, as usual, SAfm Literature will also feature:

  • John Orr‘s excellent “Word of Mouth” programme.
  • Roger Webster‘s “Fireside Chat” – storytelling that will have you spellbound!

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