Sardo Dance is a new poetry anthology from Natalia Molebatsi. The launch takes place at the UNISA art gallery this Saturday. Natalia has perfomed on stages across Africa and the world, and the launch will feature performances from her, as well as special guests Lesego Rampolokeng and Napo Masheane, amongst others.
“While Molebatsi’s poetry is critical and often condemning of the poor status of women and the manner in which society treats them, she is also celebratory of women and envisions a future society… Catch the poet if you can: read her words, welcome her offering because maybe, just maybe, she is telling your own story.”
– Makhosazana Xaba
“Sardo Dance portrays the lives of women and men fully and justly. This is the voice of a poet who refuses to be shaped from ‘a spare bone.’ … By looking unflinchingly at “every unfading shadow,” the lines of these poems do not evade the pain of their subjects, but also do not reduce them only to their pain…”
Dikeledi follows the story of a young teenage girl who leads her household with two brothers when her mother suddenly dies. Dikeledi is a profound coming-of-age story that shows the triumph of the human spirit!
Sabata-mpho Mokae writes in two languages: English and Setswana. He is the author of the biography The Story of Sol T Plaatje, the novella Dikeledi and a poetry collection, Escaping Trauma. His debut novel Ga Ke Modisa (I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper) won the M-Net Literary Award for Best Novel in Setswana as well as the M-Net Film Award in 2013. He also won the South African Literary Award in 2011. His short story Down Sol Plaatje Drive was performed on theatre stage during the Global Express in Iowa City, USA in 2014. His latest book Kanakotsame: In My Times, a collection of short fiction pieces, was launched in 2015.
Sabata holds an MA degree in Creative Writing from Rhodes University. In 2014 he was a writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa, where he was also awarded honorary fellowship. He lectures in creative writing at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, South Africa.