The Naked Word Poetry Festival 2018

Hear My Voice has partnered with the Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement in Cape Town to facilitate a poetry exchange which will see two poets from Tshwane partake in the 2018 Naked Word Poetry Festival taking place from the 20th to the 24th of June 2018 in Cape Town. The poets who will be participating in the exchange are MoAfrika 'a Mokgathi and Torsten "Clear" Rybka.

Find out more about the Naked Word Festival by visiting their website: Naked Word Poetry Festival

Thank you to Lingua Franca for the continued collaboration

MoAfrika 'a Mokgathi

Muriel Mokgathi-Mvubu known as MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi is a South African based multi-faceted artist, who is a performer, writer, Poet, cultural activist, Art codes adjudicator, Art-‘preneur, Band leader, award winning radio presenter-Producer and a civic leader amongst many others.

MoAfrika is known for her Sepedi pen, her fusion of the language with English, fusing with Jazz, soul and kiba rhythms blending with her deep sassy vocals that keep her followers wanting more.
Some of her works have been featured in community and online publications recently including “To breath into another voice”, a jazz poetry collection edited by Myesha Jenkins. Media features include Kaya FM, Ubuntu Radio, Channel Africa and SA FM. Recordings include (Ndoza kusa) 2014, Nduduzo Makhathini’s debut album Sketches of tomorrow, Tribe Soil and recently Gabi Motuba’s upcoming album.

Torstan "Clear" Rybka

Torsten Rybka, known on stage as Clear was born in South Africa and raised by in Ga Rankuwa Unit 8. Clear started a poetry movement for the youth in his community to make a change for the youth in the community and find a place to call home away from home for those who aspired to be poets.

In 2016, he produced, directed and performed his poetry production at The State Theatre known as “Speaking from Experience (Growth)” with a Jazz band and a four female choir. The production was then sent to the first ever Trade Fair festival at the Market theatre in Johannesburg, the production won a special merit award, presented to Clear by Pamela Nomvete. 2017 he got to host the Speak Out Loud poetry competition finals and also got to perform at the Oppikoppi Festival in Limpopo.

Clear then toured Washington D.C for a two weeks poetry programme, hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker. “I believe and know that music is medicine, as well as poetry. I would love to make a difference by healing the world through the medium of hip hop and poetry, from whatever illness it is going through, one word and sound at a time.”