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Poetry in Waldrift, Vereeniging  

Constance van Niekerk in Vereeniging, SA

All roads lead to Waldrift  tomorrow night as TNT Lounge, the home of Comedy Nights hosts for the first time ever a Poetry and Musical event dubbed Up & Kunning.

The event was organised by seasoned Spoken Word artist Siphiwe Vincent Nxazonke aka Vins, a Vanderbijlpark based poet who has been featured on the blog before and myself Constance. The main objective of the event is to introduce poetry to the Waldrift community and just get a chance for fellow poets to work together. 

We will have the opportunity to share the stage with four other gifted artists. 

Benjamin Chato, a 28 year old Orange Farm based Poet/ Rap artist. He has released several singles such as ‘Hear Me Cry’, ‘Bang Bang’ and ‘Bars on Bars’ just to mention a few. His Rap style is smooth and seductive, he will undoubtedly make you fall in love with Rap/ Poetry.  

Benjamin Chato 

Free State based Thami Nasco Thandiso also known as Nasco Tee is a brilliant Music Producer who has just produced my debut Poetry album due for release very soon. He is an apt rap artist and a seasoned Radio Personality at Lentswe FM in Parys.  Nasco Tee has his own record label called Rogi Music. He has worked with several young talented artists in Parys, nurturing their talent and supporting them.  Nasco has also produced several of his own singles. 

Nasco Tee 

The event DJ is Thabo Tk Khumalo who is currently a radio personality at Vereeniging’s Lekoa FM situated on Markpark rooftop. He hosts the ‘The Weekend Breeze’ , a show that starts from 3am to 6am every Saturday and 3am to 5am every Sunday. Tk’s radio journey began in 2002 at Lentswe FM when he was in grade 9. He became a permanent member of the team just after he finished his Matric in 2006. Thabo left Parys for the Vaal in 2011 and joined the Lekoa FM team in 2014. 

Tk Khumalo 

Other poets to perform include Keabetswe Blessing Ndlovu, aka Bless Moknowledge Sunofmen. Bless is a proficient creative writer and visual arts performer of note. He has performed at numerous events and resides in Orange Farm. 

Bless Moknowledge Sunofmen

Last but not least is Russell Anderson aka The Thought That Did (TTTD). Russell has also performed at various locations but tomorrow he makes his debut performance in the Vaal. Russell’s poetry is quite motivational, just what the doctor prescribed for Waldrift. 

Why not take a turn into Waldrift tomorrow night and be taken on a poetic trip by the Up & Kunning. This is an event not to be missed! See you there. 

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About Editor

Constance van Niekerk is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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