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Open Minds 16 April 2003


25 March 2003 No Comment

“Hey yo my fellas…. Whatever happened to the Open Mind Sessions at the Bassline? Those were off tha hook, now we got nothing better to do…. could you just keep the sista posted on what you fellas have been up to lately????” E-mail, Thu, 13 Mar 2003 12:21:43

Back by popular demand!

After a critically successful hip hop themed run at the Bassline, Open Mind Sessions return on a spoken word tip. This time around, with the backing of Vodacom 4U and the Oppikoppi production house, the Open Mind Session aims to take spoken word out of the smoke-filled dungeons to the stage and from the hubs of Jo’burg to the alleys of Pretoria. 

The sessions were born out of a need to build a respectable platform for urban arts, and the people that indulge in them, at the same time instilling high standards of performance in these artists. This includes spoken word, all fields of hip-hop culture, dub, afro-reggae, and more. The first run of sessions took place in 2001, and featured an array of artists, some of whom have become popular in their respective forms of urban arts, such as 340ml, Optical Illusion and Makgabe from C4 Tupperware from Mars.

The focus now turns to Pretoria, where the second chapter takes place at Pretoria Technikon. The line up is an impressive list of artists that include the following:

· Lesego “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, one of the fathers of South African poetry and literature, wrote six books of poetry, has published numerous poems in literary journals and anthologies. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards over the last four decades, inter alia, the Conrad Kent Rivers Memorial Poetry Award, the National Endowment for the Arts poetry award, the New York Council of the Arts poetry award, the Rockefeller Foundation poetry grant, and the Artists’ Public Service Poetry Award.

· Lebo Mashile has performed all over the globe and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed poets Saul Williams, Sarah Jones and more.

· Master Sip, wordsmith extraordinaire, previously of Skwatta Kamp; 

· Sammi, part of PERM, and has headlined countless shows.

· Kano, whose hiphop-infused poetry has also seen him at both Urban Voices. 

· Tumi, who has graced Urban Voices, the Dead Prez concert, Black August 2001, and is now working with his band Volume, who also feature on the bill.

· Zee, who is part of PERM and appeared in both Urban Voices and helped organise one of them

· The Volume, one of the most versatile, talented and entertaining live bands out there. 

· Dj Kenzhero, the original Open Mind Session DJ returns, stolen for a moment from the beaches of Cape Town where he holds various residencies.

· Rude Boy Paul. This popular YFM dj has been involved with various poetry events in Jozi, and will be the host mc for the show.

The session explodes on Wednesday the 16th of April 2003, and takes place at the Pretoria Technikon Arts Campus. Proudly sponsored by Vodacom 4U.

Enquiries: Eric 083 517 8070 or Rob 082 321 8113.
Or visit www.oppikoppi.co.za. For a map and more information.

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