The Brave Voices August Edition is such an amazing platform for young but resilient poetic griots , solemnly holding on to their faith and remain composed to face the AFTERMATHS with due diligence despite the hellholes of the COVID 19 pandemic. writings boldly articulates inspirational messages of hope and courage to adapt to the new normal .In this installment , ten poems were selected; the bigger number of poems is from the hosting country Botswana and the other six from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda As the editor for this month I would love to thank all contributing poets who responded to this great call and give salutations to those who made it to the top 10 and encourage that we hold on together in these difficult times of the COVID19 menace as we face the realities and complexities of the new normal . As a poet I take it that poetry is a powerful medium to express our feelings with for attaining freedoms and that it is a formula to connect the mind, spirit, soul and other humanity realms. TOGETHER WE RISE-( Gorata Ntshwabi Brave Voices August Edition Guest Editor and Brave Voices Botswana Associate)
Digital Bonfire Conversations with Iconic IHRAFs Thomas Block.
IHRAF or the International Human Rights Art Festival is an iconic art for human rights platform. A Haven of freedom voices. The global Human Rights and Arts Culture Activism brand is endowed with creative excellence, artistic diversity, versatility and organizational prowess. On the 23rd of April 2020, before the beloved earth got dressed in night gowns and before owls began to announce their deathly anthems. Mbizo Chirasha, the Editor of the New Brave Voices Press and the IHRAF 2019 Fellow and The Iconic Artistic Curator and Iconic Producer Thomas Block of IHRAF sat beside the digital bonfire, somewhere near the fontanel of the Internet jungle. Thomas Block brought with him ripe IHRAF berries ,a jug of fermented literary gin and an artistic lantern . Mbizo Chirasha wielded a pen, a green-leaf writing pad and of course a poetry waxed voice box. It is encouraging to discuss and archive Excellence. Thank you, Thomas Block, and the IHRAF Team for the good work and for affording us this great opportunity to enjoy the ripening IHRAF berries. EXCLUSIVE -* BRAVE VOICES PRESS, Editor*