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Entertainment - Date: 13 November 2021
Written by: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho / Viewed: 732
The evergreen poet par excellence, Vendaboy Poet, has his heart set on the SATMA award for Best Traditional Music Artist of the Year for his poetic song, Yo Suka, from his poetry album, Ndavhuko.
The album took Vendaboy Poet nearly four months - from start to finish – to complete and promises acoustic delights for avid poetry fans as well as those who might be new to the poetry scene.
Now that he has been nominated for a prestigious award, he feels that his efforts are finally paying off. “My joy is great,” the poet admitted. He was at a traditional wedding ceremony at Nquthu village in KwaZulu-Natal, performing as poet, and acting as MC when Limpopo Mirror spoke to him.
Yo suka means “the battle has begun”, and the battle in question refers to preserving one’s culture in this age of cultural diminishing. “Everyone who listens to the song always expresses their pleasure and says that it could not have been released at a better time,” he said.
Vendaboy Poet’s beautiful musical poems come with vibes of heritage, culture, traditions and indigenous education, and that is what his fans love most about them.
Vendaboy Poet, born Lutendo Evens Mugagadeli, resides at Ha-Nthabalala village. He attended Tshilaho Primary School, Itumeleng Primary School and matriculated at Nthabiseng High school. He has been writing and reciting poetry since 2008.
The multi-lingual poet recites in Sepedi, Tshivenda, Tsonga, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and English. Previous albums released by Vendaboy Poet are Maano, Rrrr nga mikosi, Phathutshedzo and Ndi nnyi.
He holds a diploma in human resources management from the Central Johannesburg College (CJC), where he initiated poetry sessions and created a strong poetry base for many other poets who joined him in the movement to take poetry to the people.
To increase his chances of winning, readers can vote for him by SMSing “SATMA343” to 49495. Those interested in Vendaboy Poet’s work can get in touch with him on Tel 072 214 4575.
Vendaboy Poet has his heart set on the SATMA award for Best Traditional Music Artist of the Year for his poetic song, Yo Suka. Picture supplied.
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.