Tags: 2015, Beetroot, books, Ghettomedz9, Hip Hop, Issac Aschendorf, Johannesburg, mixtape, Podcast, Poems, poet, poetry, Poetry scene, Quaz Roodt, Review, travelling
Tags: handwritten poetry, I am, Johannesburg, Just a moment, Mandela, Poem, poet, poetry, Quaz Roodt, SKIN, South africa, spoken word, water
I am smoke and Sunday lunch.
My wilting skin is the dying dog’s whimper,
my hands ,the smell of candle wax.
I am a mouth full of tombstones,
and stories moulded from wind and dragon scales.
I am the Burning Impimpi,
the screaming blood
flooding your conscience.
The secrets in Mandela’s coffin
And the failed revolutions
buried in briefcases.
I am the infection of a wound untreated.
The missing bone and feathers .
I am a fire pool,
full of bloated flamingos
and ballot papers.
I am the snake in my own chest.
The sound of shattering glass,
The loneliness of ageing,
And the fly on a baby’s face.
I am the knife in my uncle’s hand,
The open flesh on his brother’s chest
I am My fathers face when he received the news
And that moment when we turned our backs ,
and left you there , alone, under the soil.
I am ,currently ,without semblance
I am water,
Searching for a moment
to contain all of me.
©Richard Rodriquez Roodt (2015)
BLACK LOVERS The night sky is my skin
And my lover the stars
Clinging to me with ease
The deep dark ocean
Screams back at us
Stories of black lovers
Chained to each other
Loving each other in death
The dark room is my heart
And my lover,the flickering candle
filling me with light
The black love
Shared amongst black lovers
Is held together by stories too scared
to tell themselves
*This poem was requested by my brother ,Marcio Januario, during our “Poem take away” session in Rio de Janeiro. Written and read right there.
Posted: December 9, 2015 in Poetry/music, Talks/discussions/workshops, Uncategorized
Tags: "Poemas para Viajem", 1st draft, Blacklovers, Brazil, handwritten, on the spot writing, Poem, poet, poetry, Quaz Roodt, Rio de Janeiro, Video
Posted: December 7, 2015 in Poetry/music, Shows, Super Friends, Talks/discussions/workshops
Tags: Babilônia, Beach, Brazil, Carlos Mendez, Copacabana, Cypher, Daan Doesborgh, Daniel Minchoni, Del Chaves, Eli Almic, Emerson Alcalde, FLUPP2015, Joelle Taylor, Leonardo Castilho, Leticia Britou, Lews Barbosa, Luz Rebeiro, Mana Bugallo, Poems, poetry, Poets, Quaz Roodt, Rio de Janeiro, Rogerio Coelho, Video, Weronika Lewandowska
Tags: An evening of poetry, Johannesburg, Poet laureate, poetry, Poets, Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile, Prof Mongane Wally Serote, Prof Pitika Ntuli, Quaz Roodt, The Citizen Newspaper, University Of Johannesburg library
Tags: books, Free download, Hip Hop, Homage, Johannesburg, Milan Kundera, mixtape, Music, poet, poetry, Quaz Roodt, South africa, The Incurable Likeness of Beings, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
South African Poet/emcee and social activist Quaz Roodt presents his latest Mixtape;
The incurable Likeness of Beings.
The Title pays parodical homage to Milan Kundera’s novel The unbearable lightness of being. Comprised of 10 tracks running just under 22 minutes, this Mixtape sees Quaz deal with a myriad of themes, ranging from fatherhood to gang violence right down to Credo Mutwa and Jacquezs Cousteau on a jet ski.
‘‘ These songs are random moments,thoughts and ideas frozen in rap verses ’’ says Quaz. The themes vary but they all evolved from the same stream of consciousness…or unawareness. ’’
The song This way I salute you ,christened after a book by South African Poet Laureate Prof Keorapetse Kgotsisile, pays special tribute to books, readers and authors.
‘‘ Reading is important. For ones own personal development and…well, being well read and informed is the new black, didn’t they let you know?.’ Writers don’t get enough credit for their contribution to the development of the universal human family and our consciousness. This is just my way of saying Aweh! ,I see you and Thank you.’’
Quaz panders to his poetic roots on , Like Water; a simple poem rich in metaphor and hidden meaning, further nuanced by a voice clip of a reformed gangster . Other stand out songs include Oh one won ; an ode to Johannesburg City and the vibrant people that call it home ,and Light Movers featuring Smash Mfula of the indie band Mpande Core.
DOWNLOAD FULL MIXTAPE HERE
Tags: Anthology, books, Botsotso Publishers, Home is where the mic is, Performance poets, poet, poetry, Quaz Roodt, spoken word, Young poets
The Performance poetry scene in Johannesburg has over the last 3 years experienced such a vibrant resurgence, it is almost impossible to ignore . With shows like WordnSound, Poetry in Orbit (Myesha Jenkins and Natalia Molebatsi), Jozi House of Poetry, Cuddle sessions and Poets in Office keeping the flames fanned, one is hard pressed to find an excuse not to be excited. Botsosto publishers has successfully managed to lure some of the best young performance poets to the page. Home is where the Mic is is the result
This anthology , edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz and Mandi Vundla , is a calmer reflection on the energy currently holding the poetry landscape together. Young poets are rewriting themselves, telling new stories in new ways, and they are excelling in what they do. Featuring 24 poets from South Africa and other parts of the globe ,Home is where the mic is serves as a glimpse into the written work of these performers.
The anthology features Quaz Roodt, Afurakan, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Sarah Caterpillarwings Godsell, Ian Ewok Robinson, Vangi Gantsho, Tereska Muishond, Clinton Smith, Dickson Slammer Jammer, Lex Lafoy and many more talented wordsmiths.
Copies can be ordered from The Poets themselves, at various shows around the country or via the Botsotso publishers website.
Posted: July 19, 2015 in Poetry/music, Ramblings of a sober Poet
Tags: Alternative, Big Bang Theory, Contents page, David Wilkinson, God, God; The Big Bang and Stephen Hawking, handwritten poetry, poet, Quaz Roodt, Religion, Stephen Hawking
Tags: Andrew Miller, Back to the city, Documentary, Freedom, Historian, History, Jon Wright, Kagiso Mnisi, Nomalanga Mkhize, Osmic Menoe, poet, Quaz Roodt, Tseliso Monaheng
Remembered Futures is a documentary by Tseliso Monaheng, Andrew Miller and Kagiso Mnisi .It explores history, memory and freedom as they apply to modern-day South Africa. It features interviews with historians Nomalanga Mkhize and Jon Wright, and culture disruptors such as poet Quaz Roodt and festival organiser Osmic Menoe.