As part of efforts to unite and expose local poetry talent, local poet Kealeboga Mosekiemang also known to poetry lovers as “Black Gypsy” has established a poetry association dubbed Word of Mouth.
Word of Mouth association comprises of local poets among others, Tsikitsiki, Moreri Moroka, Rragwesonobolomo, Nonofo and Phodiso who is one of this year’s winners of the Presidential Awards in the poetry category. The main objective of this association is to empower the local poets and give them more exposure. The group also seeks to stimulate interest on youth who aspire to be poets.
The 29 year founder, Black Gypsy also made headlines last year in the local media after winning an award in Italy for best written poem at the Italy Poetry and Theatre festival 12th edition. Through his poem “Second chance” she won the award for best written poem.
As part of its commitment to helping local poets, the organisation will host its first poetry session on the 31st of July 2016 at Yarona Hotel in Gaborone which will also be a fundraising initiative.
In an interview with The Telegraph Lifestyle last week, Black Gypsy said that “Word of Mouth Association “comprises a variety of poets who perform both modern and traditional poetry. She said that they are currently working on a single poetry piece which will feature all the members and will be performed during this upcoming event. She revealed that during this event they will raise funds which will go towards assisting her to participate in St.Lucia in an International Film festival which also comprises of poetry.
“We agreed that we should stage this event to try and raise the funds for my trip to St.Lucia as part of our efforts to support each other. The event will be held at Yarona Hotel in Gaborone from 7 pm to 11 pm. The entrance fee is P100.00.This will not be the last show as we are going to continue to hold similar events in an endeavour to support each other. I believe that united we stand and divided we fall. Poets need each other,” she said.
Black Gypsy who hails from Moshupa village also said that they are currently compiling a CD at her studio, Emprezz Production which will feature various local poets. She however could not reveal much about the compilation saying that they are keeping it as a surprise for the fans. She said that the compilation will be released soon and they are currently working on recording the last four poets.
“The compilation will soon be out and we are at an advanced stage for its release. It is something that Batswana are going to love,” she said.
Asked about her role models in poetry she said she is inspired by the late world acclaimed poet and philosopher Maya Angelou and South African actor and poet Lebo Mashile. She also said that she listens much to soft music such as jazz and soul which often inspires her to write poetry.
“Writing poetry is my passion. I started writing when I was still at primary school. My best life achievement was when I won in Italy. My aim is to unite local poets and to inspire the youth to embark in poetry. Poetry as an art can keep the youth away from all the ill habits ,” she said.