Out loud: poetry, youth voices and social change

Away from the media limelight and academic attention, black urban youth had long been in dialogue on a range of important social, economic and political issues through the Spoken Word movement. In Gauteng it focuses largely on the themes of race, politics, gender, sexuality and religion, declares – Ragi Bashonga

The Spoken Word movement addresses social ills as they affect and are perceived by the youth, and can be understood as a new form of liberation politics employed to serve a social function. A new study, ‘Selling narratives: An ethnography study of the Spoken Word movement in Johannesburg and Pretoria,’ portrays this genre as being more than mere performance or self-expression; it is effective in foregrounding and politicising the lived experiences of young artists and their communities.

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