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Mogale Sedibe Poet / Author / Entrepreneur

Mogale Sedibe is a South African based Spoken word performer and Children's literature author. In 2015 he published his debut poetry chapbook titled "His Thoughts" with Ink Sword publishers in collaboration with Department of Arts and Culture in Northern Cape. 2019 published his first children's literature picture storybook with Puku foundation in Johannesburg. Book titled Moshe Le Sefofane, a digital/virtual picture storybook. Read More



Mogale recently released his sophomore project titled: "Moya Wa Mutwa" and we had to jump at the opportunity to listen and review the project. Here's our breakdown and review.





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Moya Wa Mutwa tracklist




First Impressions


Honestly, I took a few deep sighs before I listened. I had high expectations for this project and Mogale. I expected to be taken on a journey through the mind of a madman and by ‘madman’ I simply refer to the mind of an unconventional, out-of-box thinking kind of man. These were my first thoughts. So, let’s get into the project and try to unpack the mysteries and expose the mediocrities.

Spirit Of Mutwa


Allow me to preface my thoughts by saying that an introduction will determine whether your album or book is worth the time and effort you’re asking of your audience. An introduction will draw listeners/readers in or repel them. This, as an introduction, feels superfluous, but coming from Mogale, this kind of ‘extra-ness’ is kosher.

 

This album exists for a specific and special purpose and it was captured so well in the opening lines of the poem. This album is a celebration of the life and contributions of Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa in Afrikan literature, spiritual and traditional healing…

 

Having been drawn in from the start by the voice of uBaba Credo, then transitioning to Mogale giving us a breakdown of his thoughts (IYKYK) about the album, and going on to serenade us with sweet poetry as only he can.

 

I was on pins and needles when he said:

“I always thought insanity to be this dark room filled with echoes of whispers, projected by thought

Insanity is just a conversation between two distant thoughts, connected by an unseen umbilical cord” – I don’t know what would possess anyone to stop listening after getting such a vivid image of insanity painted in your mind. The chanting and choice of instruments give this song an authentic African feel and sound.


As far as intros go, this is one of my favorites thus far.



Ukushona Kwe Langa


This one is kinda trippy. The concept is clear as day, and the message to me is: search for the light, find the light, and be the light. From my time spent listening, I’d say introspection is the central theme in this song. Knowing personally that pursuing self-actualization bears a heavy cost, lines like: “I’m losing lovers while finding myself” resonate so deeply.

 

The call to acceptance of self despite one’s flaws also resounds. My favorite line in this entire piece is:

“And our deepest fear is that we are born healers into a broken system

We are magicians inspired by our own delusions

Driven by our own confusion

I’m speaking in my father’s voice”

 

As a side note, I wouldn’t advise having your wife and your mistress in the same room. (haha)



Consider


Are you a thinking person? Have you ever found yourself in the middle of processing something that you had to break down into bite-sized chunks first? Then imagine yourself being in deep thought and then you get smacked in the face by a child, disrupting your thought process and causing great annoyance. You can’t hit the child back because, well…they’re a child. Reality does that to us all the time.

Just like the music, I came to a sudden stop. I was forced to consider just how easy it is for us to fall into patterns, mostly the bad ones.


“There are bitter things hidden behind venomous tongues of introverts who are thinking loud enough to break the walls they’ve built around them” – words that hit us deep enough to make us think, but not hard enough to drive us to take action. Who are we? If we knew for sure, would we act upon that knowledge? The conviction with which this poem is recited had me sitting in silence for a minute. Let me pose this question: What separates humans from animals? Consider!



Swallow Me


If the soundtrack for a Western-themed was made in Mzansi, this is how I imagined it sounding. I love it. Shout out to Mali B-Flat and Mokopu Mokopu for this one! Brilliant team-up.

 

The wordplay in this poem is flawless! Mogale dug deep into his Poet’s Toolbox and chose to show off his technical penmanship. The interplay of words, manipulation of flow, breaking down the syllables to create a ‘faux homonym’.

“Release me from this malevolence

This mellow violence of abusive blues”

Apart from the 4-syllable scheme, the cadence and emphasis of the ‘B’ sonically mimics alliteration. This is undoubtedly my favorite poem to break down. And I could go on like this for days, but I won’t.

 

The narrative of an abused woman being forced to give up her dreams unwinds metaphorically in true poetic fashion. But, in reality, we see ourselves having to contend with ourselves because sometimes we are the aggressor and the victim. We may show the world kindness but are unkind to ourselves. We isolate ourselves only to harm ourselves. The first person we have to fool with our lies is ourselves. The biggest opposition we face daily is us. Mastery of self is the only mastery that matters.

 

The infusion of Pastoral poetry (poetry that romanticizes nature) gives this piece great depth and the poet should get his flowers (pardon the pun) for how masterfully he was able to weave this story together without losing the plot. This is POETRY!!!




Veronica


Okay… now we get to the heart-wrenching part of the project. I would love to offer my poetic commentary on this piece, but I’m trying to tread carefully because this is not just an allegory, it is real-life. I would hate to take the sting out of these very potent words. I’ll let the poet be Veronica’s mouthpiece and I’ll just turn the volume knob up a few decibels.



Her Memories


The first thing I hear when this song comes on is the seraphic, mesmerizing voice of the oh-so-talented Alexis-Rae. That should be all I need to say, and you’d echo my sentiments if you’ve ever had an experience with her.

 

This poem has levels of depth to it. I would classify it as an Irregular Ode fused with characteristics that define a soliloquy. It is truly a remarkable thing to see these two poetic forms in narrative structure. It’s not at all impossible to write in this manner, and I’m sure that it comes easy for many poets. But I’m not referring to the technicality of the writing, but the vulnerability expressed through stoic words.

 

It was easier to expound on this poem after my first listen, but now I find myself in bewilderment. Shouldn’t one be able to articulate oneself better the more time one takes to study and understand the subject? Well, not with complex things such as emotions. I am drawn into this story like I know the characters personally. This is one of those poems that disrupted my process.

 

Metaphorically, the overarching theme in this piece is exposing the hypocrisy in black communities. From family secrets to neighbors beefing. It feels like the poet is expounding of the story of Veronica. There is no accountability. In our conscience, we carry the corpses of people we killed in our hearts and then we walk past them and greet them with a smile. Hypocritical, much?

“They buried him an angel with his demons” – it can’t get more oxymoronic than this.




Poetry


“Poetry was found quivering on the cutting room floor

Slashed and bleeding from a razor-sharp red pen” – these are the opening lines of the closing poem. Is poetry dying? Has it already died? Not a chance!

 

It is through poetry that ancient knowledge is passed on to us utilizing didactics. The poet recalls part of a conversation he had with his father. There was an exchange of knowledge. Even as a grown man, you must know that you don’t know all there is to know about everything; that’s why it is imperative to listen and learn every opportunity you get.

 

With that said, Mogale puts on his ‘teaching hat’ and starts to count down from 9 and teaches us the significance of numbers and what each one represents. For the thinking mind, this will arouse a burning curiosity that will only be satisfied by seeking and finding understanding.

 

“10 is not a number, but a fact”



Rating & Final thoughts


At this point, it should become apparent that “Swallow Me” is my favorite track on the album, hands down! It is a mind-blowingly intricate piece of literature. This is the poem that stands out for me. I can’t name any track on the album that sagged. This album truly is a good listen.

 

I love how the essence of poetry was captured. The delivery is very unique. I listened to the album almost 10 times in an attempt to grasp the gravitas of the concept of “Moya Wa Mutwa” and here I am still trying to wrap my mind around it. I can see the influence of uBaba Credo and his teachings in the writings of Mogale and how they’ve shaped his worldview.

 

He did not overthink the concept and didn’t try to force uBaba Credo into every song. From the first track to the last, the Spirit of Mutwa abides.

 

My overall rating of the album: 3.9/5

The album could have scored a 4.5/5 rating, but I was just annoyed with the mixing on a couple of the songs, including my favorite:

“Consider” – panned way to the left

“Swallow Me” – panned mostly to the right

It’s an annoyance I can get over, but for now, that’s the rating I’ll give it. It’s no doubt a beautiful album. The best way I can describe it is to call it a symphonic, soul-soothing soliloquy.

 

Mogale, well done! We wish you the absolute best as you push boundaries with this release.

 

Let us know how you experienced the album in the comment section.

Also, let’s talk about the rating. Do you agree? Let’s engage. Looking forward to reading your thoughts.




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Moya Wa Mutwa is available on all major music streaming platforms. Click on this link to listen: Mogale Sedibe: Moya Wa Mutwa



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We had the distinct privilege to sit down with Alistair Noah, a talented and zealous young man with an insatiable love for art, and a heart that yearns after God's own - a modern-day David - a true embodiment of an Urban Psalmist.


Alistair Noah: All I Was

Let's get to know a little more about the man before we get into the art.


 

1. I'm sure people are asking who you are. Introduce yourself to our readers.


I am Alistair Noah. I am from Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. I am currently residing in Cape Town, South Africa.

I am a part-time music teacher but a full-time Christian Artist and Musician.




2. I'm sure you didn't just stumble into music. There must be a story behind what we see today. How did it come to be?


I always loved music from a young age. My mother was a worship leader and spiritual dancer at church and my brothers loved hip hop. They were my first inspirations. I wrote my first song at 8, I picked up my first instrument at 12 and I made my first beat at 12.




3. Seems like our 7 & 8-year-old selves lay the foundation of who we become. Tell us a little bit more about your work. How many projects have you released, and how many are waiting in the wings?


I have currently 1 project on All streaming platforms and 1 on SoundCloud and YouTube exclusively. There are always songs and Ideas that are waiting for the right time to spread their wings.




4. Let's talk about your artistic journey so far. What has been a highlight for you?


Artistically, my highlight has been the making of 'All I Was'. It was really a beautiful process of growth and free creation and I feel like it can be heard throughout the project.




5. How would you describe the art scene where you're at currently?


It's vibrant here in Cape Town! The art is always reaching new horizons and the artists are full of passion. I am part of a collective of Cape Town's brightest Christian artists and they are always on the go! Ready for any event to display their art and tell their story.




6. How do you deal with everyday distractions?


I welcome distractions and choose to rest in those times, 'cause being an independent artist can be overwhelming and there are obsessive behaviors one needs to be aware of.




7. Tell us a bit more about your latest offering, "ALL I WAS". What inspired it?


"All I Was" is a testimonial piece of art, intending to encourage self-awareness in regards to all the "...seeds of lies sown in youth." (Wild Thoughts explains the benefits of breaking free from those chains through the means I chose. It was inspired by a time I had a breakdown during a missions trip in Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa. I encountered the love of God in an overwhelming way that challenged my thoughts towards myself and others so much so, I felt led to paint this story through the tunes.



Alistair Noah: All I Was cover art
Alistair Noah: All I Was Tracklist



8. Moving on from this point, what plans do you have for your music?


I plan to do more shows, I already have one coming up on the 25th of January, Thursday, 6:30pm at the Gangstar Café in Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa. I too, want to release more singles here and there on TikTok, FM radio and on all streaming platforms.




9. What advice, if any, would you give to artists looking to come into the industry?


Don't give up cause things aren't happening as fast as you'd like. Things that are worth it take time, be patient with yourself, and love yourself and others enough to not compare. "...Chasing Big breaks will leave you broken..." (Broken X Blessed)




Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us for our first edition of the 'Silent P Blog'. We wish you the best in your future endeavors. With anticipation, we wait for what you're going to do next. Any last words you'd like to leave with our readers?


Come out and meet me in person on the 25th of January in Mowbray, Cape Town. I'd love to share more of my journey and hear yours. Shout Out to the 053 for making me... We taking the Y to the World ❤





Album Review

Artist: Alistair Noah

Album: All I Was

Genre: Christian Rap/Hip-Hop

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

 

Upon first listening, I was immediately enraptured by the production. It was unlike anything I had heard in a long time. The more I listened the more it started to resonate with my spirit. “ALL I WAS” is a project born out of deep introspection and honest reflection and contemplation that can be heard in lines like: ‘No matter how many messages of love that I got, I based my value in plays, I based my value in clout’ from the opening song, HALLELUJAH.

 

Alistair goes on to speak more about his internal struggles and how his faith in Jesus helped him gain victory over the seemingly insurmountable battles he has had to face. The song 'Broken X Blessed' paints a magnificent picture of this. We live in a broken world as broken people and we need to muster up all the optimism we can to still say ‘I am broken but blessed’.

 

I find ‘All He Did’ to be the most mesmerizing track on the EP. That portion of the song with the female clip had me feeling like I was descending into a trance-like state. I was drawn in like an insect into a trapdoor spider’s snare and just as I was about to fall, I find myself in the Amazonian Jungle again as the song transitions back to the original beat. Wow! What a trip it was!

 

All Is Not Lost’ has to be one of the most poignant and eloquently penned songs on this project. Giving hope to a world that is desperately seeking relief in the midst of experiencing unspeakable suffering. I hope this song brings you some peace as you listen to the testimony.

 

With the rise in social media activities, we tend to get caught up in a world of make-believe and forget to nurture real relationships, we are reminded and encouraged to “take time to learn the Father,’ because ‘There Is More’ to be found in Lord.

 

I cannot think of a better way to end this project than having your mother’s blessing on record. The topic of purpose is addressed in the title track, coming to the realization that ‘All I Was’ and all I am, was made to glorify God ultimately.


Sonically, the project is soothing. All the natural elements mixed in with masterfully composed synthetic sounds, gives the project a leg up on what is popular today. It is rich in content; it is truly an inspired art piece. It is not necessarily a ‘bar-heavy’ project, but you do need to listen out for those witty one-liners laced throughout.

 

Wild Thoughts’ is my personal favorite track on the project. Apart from the undeniably relatable content, I feel it is the one song on the EP that speaks to the poet in me with regards to the verse structure, metaphors, wordplay, and the beat is absolutely insane! Creatively, it is the best song on the project. Go listen and let’s engage.

 

It is always exciting when an artist takes an experimental approach. Alistair has managed to successfully blend various elements to create this unique listening experience. He’s  got great potential and I cannot wait to see what he does next. And until then, follow him on all social platforms.

 

What’s your favorite track on Alistair Noah’s ‘ALL I WAS’ EP?


Leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of 'ALL I WAS' by Alistair Noah.




Alistair Noah: ALL I WAS
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