Poetry Relief Fund Web-Series is going out with a bang

Web-Series put together to financially assist poets begins its final season on 30 July 2020.

26th July 2020 | Blog Admin | Media release

The final season of the Poetry Relief Fund Web-Series is upon us. From Thursday, 30 July to 20 August, Hear My Voice will begin its journey to closing off their relief fund web-series by hosting seven episodes of jam-packed local live-streaming spoken-word content.

Since the beginning of April the non-profit organisation, that focuses on developing and supporting spoken word artists, has already paid out nearly R70 000 in micro-grants to 46 artists who took part in season one and two. It will now bring a further 35 poets on board for its final season, bringing the total number of individuals who have been supported by this programme to 81. 

Since the final open-call for applications went out to poets across the country on June 22, 113 applications were received and 35 poets were eventually selected. This was no easy task and various factors were taken into consideration. Including, giving preference to poets from outside of Gauteng and those who recited their art in languages other than English. 

“We pride ourselves on being a highly representative organisation, and so it was important to us that we showcased those who were underrepresented in previous episodes. In this final round of applications, we connected with so many incredibly talented individuals who we otherwise wouldn’t have known” says Phomolo Sekamotho, Director at Hear My Voice.

The Relief Fund is unique in many ways, above all else is the fact that this is the only Fund in the country which has been put together specifically to support poets. It’s also been done in a manner that considers the poetry community at large. A series of poets are paid R1500 each to showcase their work as part of a Facebook Live Streaming show. This has come at a time when the creative sector is battling to find ways to survive the harsh realities imposed by the nation-wide lockdown.

Apart from performers and poetry aficionados, a range of organisations came together to make this initiative possible. Poetry Africa, The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, The Market Theatre, The Windybrow Arts Center, Poetry Potion, THAT Network, and a host of individual private donors all came together to contribute to the programme in various ways. Some by donating funds to paying poets, others by donating their time and expertise and of course, the show would be nothing without the thousands of people who tuned in to watch and be inspired by the words of the performing artists. 

For the next few weeks, poetry lovers are once again invited to be entertained in the comfort of their own homes, by tuning in to the Hear My Voice Facebook page at 7pm every Tuesday and Thursday until 20 August. 

While the poetry relief programme may be over, Hear My Voice is committed to building this sector and growing the poetry community in South Africa in many forms. Should anyone wish to donate to the work of this organisation, they can do so by using PayFastPayPal or donating directly to the Hear My Voice bank account

Further details on the Relief fund can be accessed here: http://tiny.cc/poetry-relief-fund


The scheduled dates for upcoming episodes and the featured poets are as follows:

Episode 1 - Thursday 30th July 
  Name Surname Province Artist Name
1 Gaireyah Fredericks Western Cape Gaireyah Fredericks
2 Luxolo Gosani Eastern Cape Luxolo Luxolo
3 Banele Ndlovu Mpumalanga Afari
4 Mwamba Chileshe Gauteng Ink Chileshe
5 Nolwazi Mahlangu Gauteng Nolwazi Mahlangu
Episode 2 - Tuesday 4th August
  Name Surname Province Artist Name
1 Xolile Mabuza Mpumalanga Xolile Mabuza
2 Thamsanqa Kasie Eastern Cape Thamsanqa
3 Khomotso Mawasha Free State The BlackWidow
4 Vuyokazi Ngemntu Western Cape Vuyokazi Ngemntu
5 Mfanafuthi Shange KwaZulu-Natal Mfanafuthi Pota Shange
Episode 3 - Thursday 6th August
  Name Surname Province Artist Name
1 Flow Wellington Gauteng Flow Wellington
2 Siboniso Patrick KwaZulu-Natal Umqhele
3 Sasta Kuppan Gauteng Sasta Kuppan
4 Nkosinathi Ntuli KwaZulu-Natal Maverick_Renegade
5 Thabo Matla Free State Infective V-ruz
Episode 4 - Tuesday 11th August
  Name Surname Province Artist Name
1 Veronique Jephtas Western Cape Veronique Jephtas
2 Frank Meintjies Gauteng Frank Meintjies
3 Nontobiso Williams Mpumalanga Nonto the Poetes
4 Xolile Zion Vilakazi KwaZulu-Natal Xolile Zion Vilakazi
5 Athingahangwi Ramabulana Limpopo Athingahangwi
Episode 5 - Poetry Africa Episode - Thursday 13th August
  Name Surname Province Artist Name
1 Mazwi Shazi KwaZulu-Natal Mazwi Shazi
2 Africa Dlamini KwaZulu-Natal Africa Dlamini
3 Nkululeko Ngwenya KwaZulu-Natal Page
4 Jabulani Mkhize KwaZulu-Natal Jabulani Mkhize
5 Khule (Cruz) Ndwandwe KwaZulu-Natal Khule Ndwandwe
Episode 6 - Tuesday 18th August
  Name Surname Province Artist Name
1 Mangala Mangala Gauteng Lord Strider
2 Christie van Zyl Western Cape FossilSoul
3 Boitumelo Mainganya Gauteng Gaddafi the poet
4 Kwanele Nyembe KwaZulu-Natal Tory Saint
5 Samantha Mungwe Gauteng Samantha Mungwe
Episode 7 - Thursday 20th August
  Name Surname Province Artist Name
1 Thapelo Tharaga Gauteng Naked soul
2 Linathi Makanda Eastern Cape Linathi Makanda
3 Sizakele Mokhele Northern Cape Siza Nkosi
4 Maleshoane Mphutlane Free State Ladybird
5 Makhosazana Ndebele Gauteng M@cK@Y dE Poet

This press release was put together by That-Network
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