Coastal Poetry is lit!

Scribes tackle social issues

09 March 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Entertainers express their talents at open mic session.

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The Coastal Poetry Swakopmund open mic event took place at the Conductor’s Cabin at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre on Friday.

The event, which was organised by the Rendezvous Movement, attracted poetry lovers and treated them to an unforgettable night with 17 poets, singers and rappers expressing their talents.

The event was also held for the first time in Swakopmund, having been hosted on a monthly basis in Walvis Bay since 2019.
One of the stand out performers was Elvin Gaoseb, a poet from Walvis Bay known as The Guru.

Through his well thought out stanzas of a poem titled “Gender-based violence, the symptoms of the silence”, Goaseb provided a remedy for domestic violence.

“Having grown up in a fatherless generation, my character was not shaped.

As men we must seek professional help, and in so doing deal with this rage yourself.

“They must find safety and shelter in us instead of fear,” he recited.

Dorinda Ortman encourage the crowd of around 70 people to use their talents no matter how inadequate they feel with her poem titled “Fear defeated”.

She said that everyone has been given talents by God to influence the society in which they live.

Swakopmund-based singer Shaquille Smith displayed his outstanding singing prowess with some gospel songs. His rendition of Elevation Worship’s “Here as in Heaven” had all in attendance lifting their hands in worship as they sang along.

Walvis Bay-based rapper Linzo Titus commonly known as Friendly Neighbourhood Goof, brought the event to an explosive end with his popular catchy “Senorita” track.

Other performers who graced the stage were Aye-F4r, Devan, Zeto, Christopher, Ayword and Bones.

The founder of the Rendezvous Movement, Bennie Smith, said that more Coastal Poetry open mic sessions will be hosted in future due to the overwhelming support the event has received from residents. “For all the poetry lovers from Swakopmund who kept attending the Coastal Poetry in Walvis Bay, we really appreciate it. That is why we are bring it here to Swakopmund.”

The first Coastal Poetry open mic took place at the Rendezvous in Walvis Bay on 4 May 2019 and it has been hosted monthly since then.

Poetry enthusiasts are encouraged to look out for updates on the Coastal Poetry social media platforms, where information about the date of the next event will soon be published.

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