Blacktale, a new poem by UFS Poetry Club founder and IRAWA editor Tshiamo Malatji, was first performed at the Vryfees LitFest Poetry Slam. Malatji, the three-time champion of the slam, claimed retirement from slamming and took on the role of judge for the 2019 edition. ART STATE is honoured to be the first to publish this gem.
Poetry wonder kid Kwena Peu and his partner Cyblcastic returned to the public eye with a well-conceptualised and audience-captivating poetry showcase, ORDERED RANDOMNESS, which took place on 5 August 2017 at the University of the Free State, writes Ace Moloi.
The Naked Slam, like any other slam, couldn’t come and go without controversy and peer confrontations. Discontent was mostly about the judging criteria, with many voices unhappy with the outcome, believing strongly that, rather than Tshiamo Malatji, Hlox Da Rebel deserved the crown.