The Orbit will mark 21 March, Human Rights Day, with a launch of its poetry evenings – Words In Motion.
As 21 March is also World Poetry Day, host, Natalia Molebatsi, will bring over Lebo Mashile, Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, Lex Futshane, Yonela Mnana, and Siphiwe Shiburi to treat us to some poetry and jazz in honour of the late poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile.
An award-winning writer, presenter, actress and activist, Lebo Mashile is a South African household name who is most recognisable for her lyrical and gutsy poetry which has captivated audiences in 24 countries worldwide. Mashile is a much sought after social commentator, speaker, performer and master of ceremonies whose infectious enthusiasm is infused into every platform she has touched over the last 16 years.
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers writes, performs, and lectures in Creative Writing at Wits University, Johannesburg. Her poetry collections are Taller than buildings (2006), The everyday wife (2010, winner of the South African Literary Prize in 2011), and ice- cream headache in my bone (August 2017). She co-edited No Serenity Here, an anthology of African poetry translated into Mandarin (2010). Her short stories include The day that Jesus dropped the ball (shortlisted for Pen/Studinski Prize 2009) and Keeping everything the same (winner: National Arts Festival/Het Beschrijf Writing beyond the fringe winner 2009).
Lex Futshane - bass
Yonela Mnana - piano
Siphiwe Shiburi - drums
R100 per ticket (students come in at half price, just bring your student card). Come and have dinner and drinks while enjoying the sensational sounds.
We advise booking in advance, please contact us on 011 339 6645 / 081 534 2867 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to do so.