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Thato Molosi

Featured Poem:

Pina tsa baboki

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Pina tsa baboki
Pina di sa utlwaleng
Pina di senang mafoko
Pina o di utlwang o le tengnyanateng ka di tlhoka theetso
Ba re ke pina tsa baboki
Ee a re emeng ka dinao re bine pina tsa baboki
Pina di senang mafoko
Pina di sa utlwaleng
Pina o di utlwang o le tengnyanateng kgakala
Di kgome boteng ba pelo e sale e ntse tshweu twaa
Ba re ke pina tsa baboki
Ba kile ba re phutha ba re isa felo gongwe re fitlhetseng mophato wa borre le bomme ba bina pina
Pina e le tsa baboki
Ya re re kgobile kgetsi ga thaga molodi tengnyanateng
Wa phutha ditshaba
Banna le basadi ba bokolela ka pokololo ra bina pina tsa baboki
Pina tsa baboki
Tshaba di phuthegileng tsa kgathantshiwa ke lekau pulelong ya lebati le katogileng monyo
Lekau le tshabileng lefatshe
Foko ya nna gore betsho foko le godile
Serala sone se gana beng
Nna Modimo o nneetse same sebaka ka ke le morapedi
Pina tsa baboki
Tshaba di phuthegileng tsa fetola ka gore
Ee se tlhoka thuso ya mafoko mme ke tla kopa gore
Betsho mpheng kgomotso morago ga katlholo
Ya nna mafoko a a tsileng ka Morongwa-a-Matsau
Yo a saleng a tlhalositse gore betsho khumo e tsile
Ka jalo kgosi di a lwa
Mme ka tla a kopa, ke tla kopa gore betsho ntshidilang maikutlo morago ga katlholo
Le nna ke kgabe mo moweng jaaka nonyane ya phikoko e ntswa e tla bo e se thato ya baba bame
Lefoko le nne lengwe, felo re go yang go nne gongwe, ponelopele e nne nngwe
One word, one aim, one destiny
Poetavango spoken word poetry

Translation:
Songs of the wordsmiths
Songs that are neither here nor there
Songs without lyrics
Songs that you need to meditate upon because they need concentration
They call them songs of the wordsmiths
Let us stand and dance to the songs of the wordsmiths
Songs without lyrics
Songs that are neither here nor there
Songs that you hear in another realm
And touch the bottom of my heart and make it pure
They call them songs of the wordsmiths
They once assembled and took us to a place where we found a regiment of men and women dancing to the song
To the songs of the wordsmiths
And while we were relaxing, there oozed a melody from afar
And assembled people
Men and women burst out and we danced to the songs of the wordsmiths
Songs of the wordsmith
The assembled crowd were met by a tall figure
A tall man indeed
And the words were that the word has grown
The stage cannot accept owners
As for me God has given me my own chance since I am steadfast in prayer
Songs of the wordsmiths
The assembled crowds have responded by saying
Yes they need assistance with words, however I will request that
My people give me some comfort after judgement
And those were the words by Morongwa-a-Matsau
He who had already pronounced that wealth has come
And as a result chiefs are at war
But I will make a request, a plea that my people console me after judgement
So that I also become pure in soul like a peacock though this would be against the wish of my enemies
Let there be one word, we are going to one destiny, the vision should be one
One word, one aim, one destiny
Poetavango spoken word poetry

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Biography

Thato Molosi, or Mr T as he’s known for his poetry, is a young man who doesn’t have a long history in performance poetry, yet his power on stage resembles that of international heavyweights. Living among some of Botswana’s great poets and performers, Thato rose to the occasion and started writing evocative and gripping poems that made him one of the people’s favourites.

Thato Molosi

Biography

Thato Molosi, or Mr T as he’s known for his poetry, is a young man who doesn’t have a long history in performance poetry, yet his power on stage resembles that of international heavyweights. Living among some of Botswana’s great poets and performers, Thato rose to the occasion and started writing evocative and gripping poems that made him one of the people’s favourites.

Featured Poem:

Pina tsa baboki

Enlarge poem

Pina tsa baboki
Pina di sa utlwaleng
Pina di senang mafoko
Pina o di utlwang o le tengnyanateng ka di tlhoka theetso
Ba re ke pina tsa baboki
Ee a re emeng ka dinao re bine pina tsa baboki
Pina di senang mafoko
Pina di sa utlwaleng
Pina o di utlwang o le tengnyanateng kgakala
Di kgome boteng ba pelo e sale e ntse tshweu twaa
Ba re ke pina tsa baboki
Ba kile ba re phutha ba re isa felo gongwe re fitlhetseng mophato wa borre le bomme ba bina pina
Pina e le tsa baboki
Ya re re kgobile kgetsi ga thaga molodi tengnyanateng
Wa phutha ditshaba
Banna le basadi ba bokolela ka pokololo ra bina pina tsa baboki
Pina tsa baboki
Tshaba di phuthegileng tsa kgathantshiwa ke lekau pulelong ya lebati le katogileng monyo
Lekau le tshabileng lefatshe
Foko ya nna gore betsho foko le godile
Serala sone se gana beng
Nna Modimo o nneetse same sebaka ka ke le morapedi
Pina tsa baboki
Tshaba di phuthegileng tsa fetola ka gore
Ee se tlhoka thuso ya mafoko mme ke tla kopa gore
Betsho mpheng kgomotso morago ga katlholo
Ya nna mafoko a a tsileng ka Morongwa-a-Matsau
Yo a saleng a tlhalositse gore betsho khumo e tsile
Ka jalo kgosi di a lwa
Mme ka tla a kopa, ke tla kopa gore betsho ntshidilang maikutlo morago ga katlholo
Le nna ke kgabe mo moweng jaaka nonyane ya phikoko e ntswa e tla bo e se thato ya baba bame
Lefoko le nne lengwe, felo re go yang go nne gongwe, ponelopele e nne nngwe
One word, one aim, one destiny
Poetavango spoken word poetry

Translation:
Songs of the wordsmiths
Songs that are neither here nor there
Songs without lyrics
Songs that you need to meditate upon because they need concentration
They call them songs of the wordsmiths
Let us stand and dance to the songs of the wordsmiths
Songs without lyrics
Songs that are neither here nor there
Songs that you hear in another realm
And touch the bottom of my heart and make it pure
They call them songs of the wordsmiths
They once assembled and took us to a place where we found a regiment of men and women dancing to the song
To the songs of the wordsmiths
And while we were relaxing, there oozed a melody from afar
And assembled people
Men and women burst out and we danced to the songs of the wordsmiths
Songs of the wordsmith
The assembled crowd were met by a tall figure
A tall man indeed
And the words were that the word has grown
The stage cannot accept owners
As for me God has given me my own chance since I am steadfast in prayer
Songs of the wordsmiths
The assembled crowds have responded by saying
Yes they need assistance with words, however I will request that
My people give me some comfort after judgement
And those were the words by Morongwa-a-Matsau
He who had already pronounced that wealth has come
And as a result chiefs are at war
But I will make a request, a plea that my people console me after judgement
So that I also become pure in soul like a peacock though this would be against the wish of my enemies
Let there be one word, we are going to one destiny, the vision should be one
One word, one aim, one destiny
Poetavango spoken word poetry

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

Comments

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