Click.

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Click, click; bang, bang

Pull the trigger on your fake feelings

Watch the bullet fly across the room,

Gathering up the pain you caused me,

Combing through the smoke and mirrors of your truth

Moulding into a perfect storm,

Waiting on the perfect moment

When it shreds your weak heart

Into nothing more than crumbled pieces of regret

Making your blood splatter across the room

Look, I think I just created a Picasso.

Click, click, bang, bang.

Did you forget I own a weapon?

Fumbling over your promises,

Pray my next bullet struck your forehead,

Watch it cracks open your skull

Hope the metal erodes your head

And your blood ceases to flow,

so your every thought is a cry for help

your veins scream for redemption

Click, click; bang, bang.

Unlike you, my weapon is a silent prayer for your happiness.

Poetry by Amogelang Lekwadu.

Photo by Glen Mog

Artwork by Eshinelokunwasiu

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Creative Union #TheVisionBoard.

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We reigned in our 2018 with the opening for our events calendar for the year with Creative Union #TheVisionBoard.

The event consisted of a workshop and showcase, with an aim to discuss the challanges faced by upcoming artists and to open a dialogue that finds solutions to these problems so that the community can strategize and lay a framework to solve these problems and enhance the productivity and growth for upcoming artists. The workshop addressed ways in which artists can progress collectively and individually.

The workshop consisted of enlightening dialogue where all voices were heard and in light of that, the general consensus was to not have conversations that lead to more conversation but rather action and implementation from all parties involved.

In the true spirit of the artistry that we aim to support and grow, the showcase section of the event consisted of Visual Arts; Gallery In A Pool. An all female group pop up exhibition featuring the artists; Khanya The Designer, Nokwanda Themba, Sisanda Buthelezi and Wani Alchemist. Poetry performances that captivated the audience featuring Maira Wolfe, Kat Upendi, Amowlee, Dani Ntambelani, Masai Sepuru, Zie, and Truth. To end off the day a variety of musical performances followed suit by Jazz Duet Lehlohonolo Ntsoko and Ntando.  Hip Hop, Pop and Afro Soul musicians Slabsta, Joan K, Velaphi, Khanyi Oktober, Mag SA, Manxeezy and Neo Kan Afrika.

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A special thanks to our sponsors CACPIR and Mr Tshepo Mahanuke, the communities that supported the innitiative; Woke Arts, Poetoria Society, NuSoul Hub, Creatives Makhado, Dijo Catering and Hip Hoper Nation. The community looks forward to expanding on the workshop and mobalizing the ideas brought forth to ensure progress and support for the upcoming art community.

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Visual Hype.

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No one is free, even birds are chained to the sky.

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Never give up on hope. 

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Fly higher than you imagined.

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Photography by Ray Manzana.

Queens of Poetry #TheSoireePicnic.

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We hosted our first ever Queens of Poetry #TheSoireePicnic event on the 23rd September 2017 in the most picturesque spring setting at 13 Rhodes Avenue, Parktown West.

The Soiree aimed to celebrate women in poetry who are speaking out and changing society unapologetically through their powerful words and reflections. Hosted by Tshepang Khunou the day was a succesion of engaging entertainment. The afternoon consisted of exhilirating poetry performances by Motheo, Kat Upendi, Queen of Hearts, STY7ES and Ivan followed by musical performances by JESon, Mag SA, Mayhem KS, Prism Da Reason, S-Frequency and Iindirhe to close off with an Ode to the Queens.

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Tshepang Khunou (MC)

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Kat Upendi

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In true Artizen style we aim to make every gathering a holistic art experience. To compliment our celebration of poetry, female artists Nthableleng added to the ambiance with her live painting, Brigid Schutz’ luminous artworks were all the buzz alongside Lalage Hunter’s unique ceramics display. Dijo Catering co and Panda Bear Frozen treats kept the audience refreshed throughout the day.

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It was a first of many Soiree’s to come and a beautiful memorable eventful day.

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Photography by Brigid Schutz & KeGoBellah

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Woke Arts #WokeExperience.

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Hosts Ebenhaezer Dibakwane and Dineo WhereThereIsSmoke.

On the 1st of October 2017 at Railways Cafe in Irene Pretoria, art lovers and enthusiasts gathered for another highly anticpated Woke Arts event #WokeExperience. The art community challenged its new and resident artists to come together to create performance pieces through collaboration of different art forms.

The Woke Arts community snatched us from our seats elevated us to the next level and delivered us back in a higher vibration with a well curated showcase and elaborate performances. A more than memorable moment for alternative culture lead by talented Musicians, Dancers, Poets and Visual Artists.

The line up consisted of Woke resident performers and those familiar with the Woke stage Kat Upendi, STY7EZ, Ruse, Maira Wolfe whose melodic poetry had us howling along, uThandolwethu, Daniel Nthambeleni, Antenim, Lungelo Manzi, Hosi K, Iindirhe, Dipalesa, ToeSessions who’s lyricism can only be described as godly, Kantona music of which I am convinced invented harmonizing, Shaka Shoelu, Sixghost and Skitz. Some new faces to the mix included our very own Slabsta and Hannah Van Tonder. With closing performances by Gyre and a special performance from The Social Markets’ Maitele Wawe. The experience featured visual art displays by NotDarren, Sisanda Art and Pharo T.

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uThandolwethu and Ruse.

We’re always thrilled to see artists thrive doing what they love. The Woke Arts community has showed once again that there is power in unity in the arts and that love is indeed the highest vibration. We are definitely looking forward to what the Woke Arts movement has in store for us next.

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Photography by KeGoBellah.

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