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Photo credits: FlUPP photographers, Kwame write and Quaz Roodt

 The_Incurable_Likeness_of_beings_Quaz Roodt

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. ’’  

Listen Below

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,  didnt 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.


home isThe 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

11219519_743457595762635_1585185470259233586_nThis 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.


Look up

Posted: February 21, 2012 in Ramblings of a sober Poet
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Overcast and cold
Clouds hang heavy
The drumming of light rain
Against the fogged up window
Calls for coffee and cake
A warm blanket and a good book
Lost in the sound of the earth
Washing herself
I sit and sip
…thinking about roofs

©Richard Quaz Roodt(2012)
This poem is linked to Open Link Night over at d’

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Ok so this morning I packed 3 of my favourite books,my two banners and a load of excitement and headed down to corner University and Kingsway in Auckland Park. I was there to do my bit of Guerilla reading in celebration of International literacy day. I must say, it was quite an experience and I thoroughly enjoyed the confused looks on peoples early morning faces. I guess a guy reading on a busy corner early in the morning is a very confusing thing. A big thank you to Derek Smith and Vallentine Kekana for the images. Also A big shout out to Unity Gallery, Andrew Miller and Kagiso Mnisi.

Guerilla Reading - International Literacy Day 2011 #Readathon2011

Guerilla Reading - International Literacy Day 2011 #Readathon2011

Guerilla Reading - International Literacy Day 2011 #Readathon2011

Guerilla Reading - International Literacy Day 2011 #Readathon2011

Guerilla Reading - International Literacy Day 2011 #Readathon2011

poetry and magic.

Posted: June 22, 2011 in Ramblings of a sober Poet
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Magicwords (© Richard Quaz Roodt 2011)

Ideas, butterflies, imagination, fate, free will, water,tattoos, spirits, light,sneakers,wind,skin,faith,paper jets, books,cats,feelings,hate, clowns,coffee,age,midgets,laundry, knives, figs, mountains, moonlight,eyes, cries, teeth, hats, flushes, love, tar, tuesdays, smells, time, bicycles, chocolate cake, noise, unicorns, radio, smoke, tourists, sandals, airtime,teddy bears, death, trees, ships, ink, video games,secrets, science, life, spotlights, grass, corrupt usb, balls,stitches, black duffle bags,pianos, heat, taxi’s, tomorrow, death, dreadlocks, electricity, a rusty axe, eggs, blood, change, fire,locks, ants,wood, souls,thank yous, thoughts,cashiers, rabbits,cookies, obsession, banks, robots,fish,pain, magazines, U.F.O crash sights,wounds, pigeons, socks, trucks, court, breakfast,keys, salt, leaves,mushrooms,demons,suits,advertisements,worm,trust, holes,birds,wool,headlines, cat food,elbows,broken fists, rituals, Wizardry, jokes,dues,muthi, screws, forever,tombstones,milk,lies, beard,snare,kick, brothers, knowledge, you,ash, king, hands, pictures, A.T.M’s,diners,memory, sound, sadness,robberies, hunger,buttons, Poetry.