Tag: Youth

ECLECTIK WORDS…4 EASY STEPS TO SUCCESS-FOR DUMMIES

17Jul

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ECLECTIK WORDS…4 EASY STEPS TO SUCCESS-FOR DUMMIES

Alvin Kathembe

Johannesburg/Nairobi

Poet, Student Pilot, budding philosopher

URL: http://www.writerscafe.org/TMA

Twitter:@ThatManVizzle

Four Easy Steps to Success – For Dummies

A Poem by Alvin L. Kathembe

Hard work, I suppose, will suffice
If you are not talented.
You may not have the gift, my boy -
At least you have the Present.

Even if you do have the potential
You must be energetic -
Get moving! The only kind that’s any use
Is energy kinetic.

And even if your calling’s voice
Is tinged with pain and sadness
Remember; we mistake joy for pain
And genius for madness.

And maybe, if you’re lucky,
You’ll make it worth the while
And at the tail end of your life’s work
You will look back with a smile.

MINDSPEAK: FEAR LESS, LOVE MORE…BE #ECLECTIK

1Jul

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MINDSPEAK: FEAR LESS, LOVE MORE…BE #ECLECTIK

 

At what point does it all end? Life, Love, Peace, Music, Education, Experience…The River Nile :) The thought of everything that life holds is extremely overwhelming-all the factors that go into a full 24 hour day.

If you’re religious or superstitious you are probably thinking about all the near-misses; bad wishes, bad thoughts, karma, walking under that ladder. If you are an empathetic person you are thinking about the myriad of injustices that go on in the world today-pollution, desertification, child labour, money laundering and all the evil concieved by the Human race.

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MINDSPEAK: CAN AFRICAN CULTURE SURVIVE THE 21ST CENTURY?

22May

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The human race has come a long way. We have broken boundaries scientifically, technologically and morally in ways the Homo Sapiens 1000 years ago wouldn’t have been able to fathom. Sure, it must’ve crossed their minds the same way the writers of Star Trek and The Jetsons imagined Earth centuries from now and brought ‘the future’ to our television screens, but what is happening today would shock our ancestors.

Development is a good thing, but are we truly better off?

There are side effects to 21st century ingenuity. The obvious is global warming which summarizes a whole myriad of factors like erosion due to deforesting which is a result of the growing population in the world and hence large scale expansion of concrete jungles. We could also throw in gasses emitted by factories, vehicles, mass plundering of natural resources and not to mention the diminishing life expectancy rates.

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DREAMCATCHERS: KK… Banker & ILLTOWN King!

6May

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KK (Age: 29)

Banker/one-half of IllTown Kings

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Twitter:@fraizh

What’s up in Ill Town?!!! That’s got to be the coolest phrase I’ve written so far. I’ll tell you what’s up. I headed to the beach one Sunday morning to meet up with one of the most refreshing personalities I’ve come across during my stay in Dar. A regular on the scene, KK is definitely someone you’ve spotted around Dar, usually the guy with the coolest T-shirt or sleekest suit. One outstanding quality is his sense of humour and his down to earth persona.

I was surprised when I heard about a record linked to KK featuring Chidi Benz on the radio, so I caught up with him to chat about IllTown Kings, memories and tattoos!
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ECLECTIK WORDS

6May

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ECLECTIK WORDS

 Alvin Kathembe

Port Elizabeth/Capetown, SA

Poet, Student Pilot, budding philosopher

URL: http://www.writerscafe.org/TMA

Twitter:@ThatManVizzle

“I write for the mind…and if I touch your heart while I’m at it, I’ll take it.”- Alvin Kathembe

Man-Whisperers

 Resorting to irreverence

In a bid to remain relevant

They have our ears, they have our hearts

And they whisper…

Into our minds through tubes-

Call it thought transfusion -

Tales of murder, lies and crime

Bugattis on rims

Stacks on deck

Hoes in the back

And choppers in the trunk…

They exaggerate their lifestyle

Try their best to make us like them

Then they whisper in our ears

And make us want to be just like them

’Cause all the bad bitches

Hang with their dawgs

None of them use their brain -

Except when they’re going down -

Yeah, all their girls be D-graded

And they’ll say anything just to sound ‘hard’

Lie about anything

Cross any line

And nobody cares, as long as it rhymes

Even when their art

Degenerates into blasphemy

We say it’s just a song

And we don’t agree with them

But we still nod our heads…