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Just a moment by @QuazRoodt

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

Searching

for shape

For body,

For agency

I am water,

Searching for a moment

to contain all of me.

 

                        ©Richard Rodriquez Roodt (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An evening of Poetry

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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.

‚Äė‚Äė¬†These¬†songs¬†are¬†random¬†moments,thoughts¬†and¬†ideas¬†frozen¬†in¬†rap¬†verses¬†‚Äô‚Äô¬†says¬†Quaz.¬†The¬†themes¬†vary¬†but¬†they¬†all ¬†evolved¬†from¬†the¬†same¬†stream¬†of¬†consciousness…or¬†unawareness.¬†‚Äô‚Äô¬†¬†

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.

¬†‚Äė‚Äė¬†Reading¬†is¬†important.¬†For¬†ones¬†own¬†personal¬†development¬†and…well,¬†being¬†well¬†read¬†and¬†informed¬†is¬†the ¬†new ¬†black, ¬†didn‚Äôt¬†they¬†let¬†you¬†know?.‚Äô¬†Writers¬†don‚Äôt¬†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.‚Äô‚Äô

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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

Its just

Some things are just things. Don’t let it eat you.

 

”This film examines how spoken word poetry serves as a vehicle through which young black male poets in Johannesburg re-imagine stereotypical representations of black masculinities in mainstream cinema and popular media” Belinda K. Shange

Starring

Donald The Neosapien, Quaz Roodt and Mutle Mothibe

 

 

STARRING:

Kamo Letsosa, Earl Quiz, Gwaza Juse, Rashid Kay ,Ayanda Sekoa, Quaz Roodt , Solid, Tha Cutt, Demolition Squad (B Boyz)

Directed by- Ntando Marumo
Written by- Ntando Marumo and the cast
Shot by- Tabiso Njamela and Nonthuthuko Mahlangu
Art Direction- Thapelo Khutwane, Mash Banda
Light- Teboho Moloi
Sound- Sibusiso Lukhele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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