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Don’t miss David wa Maahlamela’s JIAS seminar on the Kiba poetry of the Bapedi/Basotho ba Leboa people

SejamolediThe Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) invites you to a seminar on Dancing Poetry: Kiba poetry of the Bapedi/Basotho ba Leboa people, to be held by David wa Maahlamela.

Wa Maahlamela is a 2016 JIAS Writing Fellow.

The event will take place in Westdene, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, 13 April at 3 PM. As places are limited, RSVP is essential.

From JIAS:

If a picture tells a million words, then a poem shows a million pictures. To Bapedi/Basotho ba Leboa people not only every dance-move should chant a million poetic lines, but poetry remains the heart of traditional dance, be it as a prelude, interlude, or a cappella chant. Kiba artform as dance, song, music, and drama received scholarly attention, but no study has been conducted on its poetic treasures. Musicians such as Philip Tabane have, however, confessed that they adopted and adapted kiba poetry into songs which become classics. Kiba poetry of the likes of Johannes Mohlala, a blind wordsmith from Kgobokwane, calls for a revisit to some of the old questions on orality and literature as argued by former scholars and literary critics. The seminar explores some of the aspects of kiba poetry which forms part of the South African wealth. I discuss the mechanics of writing this book, and also read an excerpt from this work-in-progress.

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  • Time: 3 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Venue: JIAS
    1 Tolip St
    Westdene | Map
  • Speaker: David wa Maahlamela
  • RSVP: Estelle,

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