Poet takes up the mic

South African-based protest poet, Bongani Ncube, has released a 10-track CD titled “Impi Yokuthula” (War of peace).

Bongani Ncube puts his poetry to music.
Bongani Ncube puts his poetry to music.

Ncube’s offerings, which highlight social injustices created by President Robert Mugabe’s rule, have made him popular in Johannesburg. His debut CD is in Ndebele and English. It include tracks like Lingakhohlwa (don’t forget), Lafa Elihle (Cry the beloved country) and Where did we go wrong. Each poem is accompanied by music.

“My work is inspired by what I went through as a child and my life in a foreign land, where life is not so rosy,” said Ncube. “All the hardships I go through give me inspiration. I have realised that mourning will not take us anywhere and this CD is part of my way of working things out.”

Ncube said Mugabe had done enough damage to Zimbabwe and must shoulder the blame with his senior Zanu (PF) ministers.

“I am not one of those who blame a certain tribe for the imbalances and injustices we are facing in Zimbabwe. It is the Mugabe government that is responsible and they are the ones that should take the blame.”

The Plumtree-born poet is also Director at Ithemba Lesizwe Arts group, which has been invited to various South African government forums and theatrical performances in the neighbouring country. He co-writes some of the poems with twin brother – Khulekani.

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