10 episodes

In Africa, indigenous names or surnames are richly labored with meaning, identity, origin and stories that are passed on from one generation to the next. In celebration of African identity and indigenous or mother tongue languages, Tinzwe Media is proud to launch its latest offering – Inside Wants Out – an African mother tongue poetry podcast.

The project is powered by the South African Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) and the theme for season one of the podcast is 'African Poetry in the Time of a Global Pandemic'.

The project features poets from six African countries who each provided their original vocal delivery of their poems.

Each episode has been creatively hosted by Lesego Motshegwa.

Inside Wants Out Tinzwe Media

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In Africa, indigenous names or surnames are richly labored with meaning, identity, origin and stories that are passed on from one generation to the next. In celebration of African identity and indigenous or mother tongue languages, Tinzwe Media is proud to launch its latest offering – Inside Wants Out – an African mother tongue poetry podcast.

The project is powered by the South African Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) and the theme for season one of the podcast is 'African Poetry in the Time of a Global Pandemic'.

The project features poets from six African countries who each provided their original vocal delivery of their poems.

Each episode has been creatively hosted by Lesego Motshegwa.

    Wa Pelo (Of My Heart) by Anthony AnthXny Molosi | Ep 9

    Wa Pelo (Of My Heart) by Anthony AnthXny Molosi | Ep 9

    Episode 9 of "Inside Wants Out" features Anthony AnthXny Molosi. His poem is titled " Wa Pelo " - which translates to "Of My Heart" in English. The poem is written in his mother tongue of Setswana.

    The piece is about love. It’s about a man who had gone through all sorts of tribulations in pursuit of love until he found the love of his life. He is, now, telling her the story while appreciating her beauty.

    About the poet:
    Anthony is a spoken word poet and a corporate emcee based in Maun, Botswana. He is the Poetavango spoken word vice chairperson and the Coupe D’ Afrique De Slam Poese association, Africa cup of slam poetry, ambassador to Botswana. Anthony’s art speaks but is not limited to issues of, Pan Africanism, black consciousness, social justice, spirituality and love. His work has been featured on many stages some of which include the 2020 Jamaica Poetry Festival - 10th anniversary, 2020 Piton Film Festival Poetry Jam, 2020 Ministry of Finance & Economic Development, Regional Award ceremonies, 2020 Poetic Justice League-South Africa and Button Poetry Competition 2019, USA where he received an Honourable mention for Outstanding International entrant.

    • 8 min
    Mayid’idlule lendebe (Let this pandemic pass) by: Anele Kose | Ep #8

    Mayid’idlule lendebe (Let this pandemic pass) by: Anele Kose | Ep #8

    Episode 8 of "Inside Wants Out" features Anele Kose. His poem is titled "Mayid’idlule lendebe" - which translates to "Let this Pandemic Pass" in English. The poem is written in his mother tongue Xhosa.

    In this poem, Anele honours the essential workers and the personal sacrifices they've made during this time of the global pandemic.

    About the Poet:
    Anele Kose is a poet, play write, novelist and actor. He is 36-years-old and was born and breaded in Eastern Cape in a small village called Fort Murray location in King Williams Town, South Africa. He is a father of two boys and currently lives in Delft South in Cape Town. His writing dates back to the early nineties but wasn’t given an eye by his parents to pursue a career in writing until he moved to Cape Town. He has worked in theatres in and out of this South African coastal province and also abroad in Chicago, USA. He has performed alongside world slam poet champion, Marc Smith better known as Slam Papi at Green Mill. In 2013, he won at the Drama for Life competition in Cape Town and went to the national finals in Johannesburg at the Witwatersrand University where came third place. Anee has also worked with different theater makers and writers. The poet has also written a novel from the National Library of South Africa which will be published by the end of this year titled, Iziphumo. He is currently compiling a poetry book and transforming his poems into audio for 2021 which will be presented at the Baxter Theatre.

    • 7 min
    Adhabu Isiyojulikani (Unknown Punishment) by: Gloria Ngandu | Ep 7

    Adhabu Isiyojulikani (Unknown Punishment) by: Gloria Ngandu | Ep 7

    Episode 7 of "Inside Wants Out" features a poem titled 'Adhabu Isiyojulikani', which translates to (Unknown Punishment) in English. The poem is written and narrated by Gloria Ngandu from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Her expresses how she feels about the pandemic and how to her it has felt like a punishment as so much suffering has happened. The poem questions why there has been this added pain to the world.

    About the poet:
    Gloria brings forth attention to emotional wellness that is subtly regular among a lot of us. By discussing Jesus and engaging her crowds to value their identity, and intensely experience their worth. Gloria Ngandu is a student, writer, sketch artist and spoken word artist who offers captivating stories of God with places of worship, meetings, and other function. She was born in Democratic Republic of Congo yet raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her art, writings, spoken word pieces are shared on direct encounters with loss, hope and redemption.

    • 5 min
    Ubhubhane (The Pandemic) by: Mntungwa Scotch | Ep 6

    Ubhubhane (The Pandemic) by: Mntungwa Scotch | Ep 6

    Episode 6 of "Inside Wants Out" features a poem titled 'Ubhubhane', which translates to 'The Pandemic)' in English. The poem is written and narrated by Mntungwa Scotch from South Africa.

    His poem was written while he experienced lockdown level 5 in South Africa.

    About the Poet:
    Mntungwa Scotch is a South African poet, storyteller and motivational speaker. He is from the Eastern Cape and runs a company called Usiba Oluntsundu which focuses on art at large. His inspiration to write was honed by his high school teachers and the underground music called Spaza.

    • 5 min
    Ma Gbe Ni Idakẹjẹ Ohun Ni Gbogbo Agbaye (COVID-19 Sounding All the World) by: Dr Ayo Ayoola-Amale | Ep 5

    Ma Gbe Ni Idakẹjẹ Ohun Ni Gbogbo Agbaye (COVID-19 Sounding All the World) by: Dr Ayo Ayoola-Amale | Ep 5

    Episode 5 of "Inside Wants Out" features the poem titled Ma Gbe Ni Idakẹjẹ Ohun Ni Gbogbo Agbaye, which loosely translates to COVID-19 Sounding All the World, in English.

    The poem is written by Nigerian renowned poet, Dr Ayo Ayoola-Amale, who writes about the difficulty in complying with a precautionary measures associated with the prevention of COVID-19 in many societies in Africa..

    About the poet:
    Dr Ayo Ayoola-Amale is a Nigerian poet, artist, author and Director of Splendors of Dawn Poetry Foundation. She hails from the ethnic Yoruba group, and is acknowledged as the Muse for Peace and a poet for positive social change. Ayo believes that poetry can change the world, contribute to positive social change and to progress which of course is very important for poets, but she also thinks that change or advocacy is not the mandatory duty of poets or artists.

    • 6 min
    COVID-19 by Simbarashe Mupazviribwo | Ep 4

    COVID-19 by Simbarashe Mupazviribwo | Ep 4

    Episode 4 of "Inside Wants Out" features a poem titled 'COVID-19'. The poem is written and narrated in Shona by Simbarashe Mupazviribwo.

    This beautiful poem, articulates Simbarashe's feeling about the global pandemic.

    About the Poet:
    Simbarashe Mupazviribwo is a 22-year-old poet from Harare, Zimbabwe. He is currently studying accounting at Chinhoyi University of Technology. He enjoys writing poetry and regularly publishes his work on Hello Poetry.

    • 3 min

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