A group of poets will give loverbirds in Lilongwe an early Valentine’s Day treat.
According to organisers at Sapitwa Poetry, the event, branded ‘For You My Love’, will entertain fans with love stanzas and raise funds for a World Poetry Day performance slated for March 21.
The commemorative live show will feature a Zambia’s Bitter/Sweet poetry.
The pre-Valentine poetry night will take place at the African Bible College on Saturday, February 11, from 7pm.
It will feature renowned poets, including Q Malewezi, Maclean Mbepula, Yolanda Kaluma and Robert Chiwamba,” said Chiwamba.
Other performers include emerging poets such as Watipaso Nungu, Marumbo Sichinga, Mervyn Njewa, Mtisunge Bottoman and an acoustic musician Rejoice Mawerenga.
“The performances will be strictly romantic. We have noted a deficiency of this kind of poetry and we also want to start the Valentine’s mood for couples and singles who love poetry,” said Chiwamba who founded Sapitwa Poetry last year.
The list of performers has a few vernacular poets.
When asked, he explained: “Being a fundraising event, priority was given to poets from Lilongwe who are willing to perform for free.
“Most renowned vernacular poets live in the Southern Region. We couldn’t have met their costs.”
Sapitwa Poetry is a Malawian brand which promotes creative writing with a bias towards poetry.
It owns sapitwapoetry.com, a website solely dedicated to poetry downloads and news.
The online platform is home to works of over 80 poets, including the legendary Wokomaatani Malunga, Q Malewezi, Hudson Chamasowa, Joseph Madzedze, Sylevester Kalizang’oma and Norman Nyirenda.
Sapitwa also owns a platform where nascent poets discuss and critique each other’s work.
Last year, it brought together poets who produced 35 poems against the killings, abductions and exhumations of people with albinism in the country.
The offerings dialled up voices against the babaric attacks during Sapitwa’s 30-day campaign against the malpractice.