Last week I did a poetry gig at the Grounding Sessions at Tagore’s in Observatory. Grounding Sessions is a weekly open mic platform which includes one featured poet who gets to perform a 15-20 minute set. I was fortunate enough to be invited by event organiser Roche Kester to perform, which I thought might be very daunting at first since I haven’t performed poetry in longer than a year. Because of that, I opted to read the poetry section of my set as opposed to learning it off by heart – I was hopelessly too busy for that. Nonetheless the audience loved the poetry I presented. I read one old poem called “The One They Call Jazz” and a new one which is more a story rather than a poem called “A King’s Colour” – both of which I’ve published on this blog before. I’ve since decided to incorporate both my singer/songwriter material with my poetry and write a one man theatre piece which I’d like to perform next year.
Joshwin Kleinhans of Win Media Company offered to make a promo clip for me at the Grounding Sessions which you can watch below. Please make use of his services if you require video production. The video he produced is a great showcase of what I do live as well as a spotlight on Cape Town’s poetry star Kyle Louw (whose full length EP I’m starting to produce as of next week). Have a look and tell me what you think: