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31 July 2010


Newsday, 31 July 2010

The Live Literature Centre at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) was a hive of activity yesterday with various performances putting up scintillating displays to the delight of the audiences.

Poets like Sympathy Sibanda and Nqobile Malinga displayed class acts with their poems.
Sibanda recently launched her debut poetry anthology Matters of Life which has set her up as a poet to watch for the future. She took the opportunity to speak about her book.

Malinga, a television presenter, added the flavour with his energetic performances. A strong believer in the oneness of all Zimbabweans, Malinga often fuses Shona, Ndebele and English in all his poems.

A new literary organisation, WIN-Zimbabwe had an hour of performances which founder Beaven Tapureta, described as "explosive".
A Mbare music group Pachena school of Arts also got a chance to showcase their music, which was warmly received by the audience.
The Group is currently riding on the crest wave of their new album Matsotsi.

There are going to be more showcases today at the Live Literature Centre as the weeklong literary affair draws to the close.

Tapureta whose organisation almost pulled out at the last minute from exhibiting owing to logistical problems said they were motivated by the response they got from book lovers.
"We thought we were not going to be visible but we've been motivated by the numbers of people who came to watch our performances and enquire about our organisation," he said.

Young performers were not left out as Tilda Gozho from Glen View High 2 left people clamouring for more after reciting her poem The Poor African Teacher.
A publisher who was part of the show James Nyamajiwa said they were going to put in place literary projects aimed at primary school pupils.

A Culture Fund representative Brighton Makuvaza also spoke about the fund and how young writers could be assisted to come up with quality works of art.

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