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Us

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In existence
I persist
Through movements of the sun and moon
Drinking
What life offers,
My tongue gets swollen
From juices sour, sweet, salty and bitter
As if loves twitter
Not electronic but real
Connecting with others in revolution,
Now swallowing
This pulp of daily experiences
And searching for the nutrients of love.
In view
Not manipulated, mutated or assimilated
But the selfs understanding of feeling, touch and tears
Warming, Cleansing and rejuvenating.
As my solar plexus irradiates LOVE
In its physicality with a mentality for the spirits wealth
There are no degrees,
In the cells in us,
CELLSIUS
Equate it to the star that lights this universe
Even if the sun went supernova it would not equal
Love
I see as two stars that light my nights of question
As their flicker is our connection
Seeds sown and they are nourishment, inspiration and honest
My Monkey and Angel
Their names brand my skin
Their voices play my souls strings.
We become one in conversation about the knowledge this life offers
And celebrate our time with laughter.
All for the LOVE.

Nama Xam

Featured Poem:

Truth

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Has my question truth?
Or am I asking for a beating?
Is this the interpretation of my situation?
My nation punished by this situation
And we are under pressure
One by one picked
Like bullets from orchards
And we bewitched by the dop system
With fantastic words such as
Indifferent, ugly, systematic, misconduct
Each day raped financially
It’s a power struggle
With the fluctuation of the rand
I see my budget buckle
Now stress becomes the new illness
I scratch for money in empty pockets
Now you tell me
What more must we suffer
Messing with our meat and water
I’m moving forward but feel I’m falling behind
Automatically the keeper of the ghetto’s Rigterveilde
I sense the ugliness as it’s directed
Steals and swaps our breath
With that fake pipe
And it’s fake body
Come here
With all the sensationalism in the pages of newspapers,
Our refusal to rebel
And discuss the day’s tabloid displays as well.
So you think what‘s my question might be
When will this constant suppression and theft of our children’s land cease.
And this constant arguments and political distraction
What happens now should be sown as before
Children of district six
Children of the South Easter
Everywhere
To unite is important
To change the shame of past decisions
That sells bad newspapers
My people
My People
With soft belly’s
Empty pockets
And wide posteriors
Across all borders
We are and can be this country true spirit
Khoe, San, Bantu and European
On the wall of the mountain it can be read
I am here because of the will of the Almighty
And through this my consciousness awakens
And releases
It should pollinate
Flood
To help our people
And has a return on dividend
For us
Yes for us.

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Biography

Pseudonyms: Nama Xam ( Xam – pronounced Gam / Jy7even (Pronounced – Jey sev-uhn) / Syllabic / isja! /
! Ga re’ (Listen)

With charged lyrics reflecting and animating the experiences of a young Khoe Khoen and Bushman (1st indigenous people of sub Saharan Africa) trying to survive within a marginalising system, this is the Poetry and music of Nama Xam.

Nama Xam has always been into music one way or the other. Since a young age he has been receiving instruction in classical piano, later moving to Jazz and at this time being influenced by the urban music revolution happening within the ghettos of the Cape Flats. He recalls,” I was introduced to Hip Hop through the dubbed cassettes my brother had featuring artists such as Public Enemy, X clan, LL Cool J, NWA. I was hooked! I started to frequent spaces where Hip Hop was. The benefit of growing up in Mitchell’s plain (an apartheid Group Areas Act scheme) was that Hip Hop was everywhere”. He then became a member of the Universal Zulu Nation and started with break dancing not knowing that he’d return to it later in his life being a student of Capoeira. Capoeira is the mother of break dancing.

Over the years Nama Xam has been producing and performing with many artists such as Jean Pierre (!Khu-aob), Streetmatterphysics (School Of Thought), Blaq Pearl, Brandon Florus (Flo4Soul), Ej Von Lyrik (Godessa), Dj Azhul (BVK), Brendan Adams ( Adam Speaks), Linkris, SiepSokkie, Chase Lutron and Perspektif and many more. Also doing community edutaiment drives through park jams on the Cape Flats such as Mitchells Plain, Kuilsriver, Belhar, Lavender hill and Eerste River. Nama Xam is the founding member of the group Jy!7 (pronounced – Jey sev-uhn) and along with partner Flo4Soul bring “soulfully social” music to the people. As a poet Nama Xam has been a regular at the Verses poetry session and the group jy!7.ven has featured as well.
Through record company African Dope records he was given the chance to remix a track of Cape Town based group Moodphase 5. The track is called Violation. It featured on the 2005 release called African Dope which won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for that year.

Performances that Nama Xam has been involved in:

2004:

National Arts and Culture Awards, UWC Poetry Festival

2005:
Red Cross Society annual Christmas outreach show
Live performances for Gam Sushi @ Obs Café

2007:
The Wonders of Being Out There (WoBoT) @ Zula Soundbar
Halman Walk Youth Development annual Christmas outreach in Hanover Park
Neutral Ground @ Katalist
CVET gig @ Athlone technical college
Friends of Cuba fundraiser @ Salt River community centre
Verses @ Zula Soundbar
Youth day Gig @ Alliance Frances

2008:
Launch of the Western Cape Music Association’s Benevolent fund
All Elements Hip Hop gig @ North Pine Community Hall

2010:
Nekkies Hip Hop Festival

2011:
Infecting the City festival
Verses

2012: 

Best of Ekapa Hip Hop underground

At present Nama Xam is busy with recording his solo album titled – The Chastising of Xam.

Nama Xam

Biography

Pseudonyms: Nama Xam ( Xam – pronounced Gam / Jy7even (Pronounced – Jey sev-uhn) / Syllabic / isja! /
! Ga re’ (Listen)

With charged lyrics reflecting and animating the experiences of a young Khoe Khoen and Bushman (1st indigenous people of sub Saharan Africa) trying to survive within a marginalising system, this is the Poetry and music of Nama Xam.

Nama Xam has always been into music one way or the other. Since a young age he has been receiving instruction in classical piano, later moving to Jazz and at this time being influenced by the urban music revolution happening within the ghettos of the Cape Flats. He recalls,” I was introduced to Hip Hop through the dubbed cassettes my brother had featuring artists such as Public Enemy, X clan, LL Cool J, NWA. I was hooked! I started to frequent spaces where Hip Hop was. The benefit of growing up in Mitchell’s plain (an apartheid Group Areas Act scheme) was that Hip Hop was everywhere”. He then became a member of the Universal Zulu Nation and started with break dancing not knowing that he’d return to it later in his life being a student of Capoeira. Capoeira is the mother of break dancing.

Over the years Nama Xam has been producing and performing with many artists such as Jean Pierre (!Khu-aob), Streetmatterphysics (School Of Thought), Blaq Pearl, Brandon Florus (Flo4Soul), Ej Von Lyrik (Godessa), Dj Azhul (BVK), Brendan Adams ( Adam Speaks), Linkris, SiepSokkie, Chase Lutron and Perspektif and many more. Also doing community edutaiment drives through park jams on the Cape Flats such as Mitchells Plain, Kuilsriver, Belhar, Lavender hill and Eerste River. Nama Xam is the founding member of the group Jy!7 (pronounced – Jey sev-uhn) and along with partner Flo4Soul bring “soulfully social” music to the people. As a poet Nama Xam has been a regular at the Verses poetry session and the group jy!7.ven has featured as well.
Through record company African Dope records he was given the chance to remix a track of Cape Town based group Moodphase 5. The track is called Violation. It featured on the 2005 release called African Dope which won a SAMA (South African Music Award) for that year.

Performances that Nama Xam has been involved in:

2004:

National Arts and Culture Awards, UWC Poetry Festival

2005:
Red Cross Society annual Christmas outreach show
Live performances for Gam Sushi @ Obs Café

2007:
The Wonders of Being Out There (WoBoT) @ Zula Soundbar
Halman Walk Youth Development annual Christmas outreach in Hanover Park
Neutral Ground @ Katalist
CVET gig @ Athlone technical college
Friends of Cuba fundraiser @ Salt River community centre
Verses @ Zula Soundbar
Youth day Gig @ Alliance Frances

2008:
Launch of the Western Cape Music Association’s Benevolent fund
All Elements Hip Hop gig @ North Pine Community Hall

2010:
Nekkies Hip Hop Festival

2011:
Infecting the City festival
Verses

2012: 

Best of Ekapa Hip Hop underground

At present Nama Xam is busy with recording his solo album titled – The Chastising of Xam.

Us

Enlarge poem

In existence
I persist
Through movements of the sun and moon
Drinking
What life offers,
My tongue gets swollen
From juices sour, sweet, salty and bitter
As if loves twitter
Not electronic but real
Connecting with others in revolution,
Now swallowing
This pulp of daily experiences
And searching for the nutrients of love.
In view
Not manipulated, mutated or assimilated
But the selfs understanding of feeling, touch and tears
Warming, Cleansing and rejuvenating.
As my solar plexus irradiates LOVE
In its physicality with a mentality for the spirits wealth
There are no degrees,
In the cells in us,
CELLSIUS
Equate it to the star that lights this universe
Even if the sun went supernova it would not equal
Love
I see as two stars that light my nights of question
As their flicker is our connection
Seeds sown and they are nourishment, inspiration and honest
My Monkey and Angel
Their names brand my skin
Their voices play my souls strings.
We become one in conversation about the knowledge this life offers
And celebrate our time with laughter.
All for the LOVE.

Featured Poem:

Truth

Enlarge poem

Has my question truth?
Or am I asking for a beating?
Is this the interpretation of my situation?
My nation punished by this situation
And we are under pressure
One by one picked
Like bullets from orchards
And we bewitched by the dop system
With fantastic words such as
Indifferent, ugly, systematic, misconduct
Each day raped financially
It’s a power struggle
With the fluctuation of the rand
I see my budget buckle
Now stress becomes the new illness
I scratch for money in empty pockets
Now you tell me
What more must we suffer
Messing with our meat and water
I’m moving forward but feel I’m falling behind
Automatically the keeper of the ghetto’s Rigterveilde
I sense the ugliness as it’s directed
Steals and swaps our breath
With that fake pipe
And it’s fake body
Come here
With all the sensationalism in the pages of newspapers,
Our refusal to rebel
And discuss the day’s tabloid displays as well.
So you think what‘s my question might be
When will this constant suppression and theft of our children’s land cease.
And this constant arguments and political distraction
What happens now should be sown as before
Children of district six
Children of the South Easter
Everywhere
To unite is important
To change the shame of past decisions
That sells bad newspapers
My people
My People
With soft belly’s
Empty pockets
And wide posteriors
Across all borders
We are and can be this country true spirit
Khoe, San, Bantu and European
On the wall of the mountain it can be read
I am here because of the will of the Almighty
And through this my consciousness awakens
And releases
It should pollinate
Flood
To help our people
And has a return on dividend
For us
Yes for us.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (1)
  • Reflection (1)
  • Captivation (1)
  • Peace (1)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (1)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Us

Enlarge poem

In existence
I persist
Through movements of the sun and moon
Drinking
What life offers,
My tongue gets swollen
From juices sour, sweet, salty and bitter
As if loves twitter
Not electronic but real
Connecting with others in revolution,
Now swallowing
This pulp of daily experiences
And searching for the nutrients of love.
In view
Not manipulated, mutated or assimilated
But the selfs understanding of feeling, touch and tears
Warming, Cleansing and rejuvenating.
As my solar plexus irradiates LOVE
In its physicality with a mentality for the spirits wealth
There are no degrees,
In the cells in us,
CELLSIUS
Equate it to the star that lights this universe
Even if the sun went supernova it would not equal
Love
I see as two stars that light my nights of question
As their flicker is our connection
Seeds sown and they are nourishment, inspiration and honest
My Monkey and Angel
Their names brand my skin
Their voices play my souls strings.
We become one in conversation about the knowledge this life offers
And celebrate our time with laughter.
All for the LOVE.

Comments

Your email address will not be published.