Imvelaphi yeti Nkondlo (Origins of Poems) is another part of the IMVELAPHI collaboration series. This part involves the artistry of words and explores the marriage of words and images. We teamed up with Flex of He & I; a poet MC that infuses poetry with live music telling stories that only Africans can tell. Poetry is an old art form that has been celebrated in many ways and on different platforms. In ancient Seswati, poets are referred to as Timbongi and were tasked with the significant role of introducing Kings and Queens in different villages. We resonate or identity with this in our family’s praises (Tinanatelo) and clan names.
Imvelaphi yeti Nkondlo means the origins of poems. Poetry has been embedded in history for eons. It is inspired by that which we see and experience in our lives. Our ancestors were inspired by nature and we too have inherited the hands and hearts with which they created.