Yona Mlakatuli

POET YONA MLAKATULI RELEASES MULTI-LINGUAL POETRY VIDEO

NEWS | POETRY 

By Our Reporter

History in the making! Up and coming poet, Yona Mlakatuli who rose to fame with his Swagala yachimidzi poem has released in what is billed to be the first ever Malawian multi lingual video poem, Mwandisiyilanji.

Mwandisiyilanji is a narration of an orphan who is riled by the demise of its parents.  In each of the stanzas, the orphan expounds its ordeal in various local languages…carrying the listener into the mind of the hapless child. 

According to Yona, Mwandisiyiranji is a reminder to the populace to wear brave faces in turbulent times.

“It’s all about wearing thick skin when we are at our lowest.” He revealed.

In each of the six stanzas, the persona narrates their ordeal in six diffrent local languages from Chitumbuka, English, Chichewa, ChiYao,ChiTonga all the way to Chilomwe, making it a must watch video poem.

Asked why he opted for this, Yona’s response is simple.

“To reach out to all corners of Malawi. I want literary all and sundry to grasp the contents of the narrative,”reveals he.  

Throughout the narrative, one could not stop but appreciate the creativity in the productinoas well as the choreography.

Shot and directed by Flyppa Dez of Artwork Lab studios, Mwandisiyiranji is expected to be officially out by the end of business hours of Sunday, the 6th of January 2019.

After this poem, Yona promises his fans of “More video poems that are going to tackle various social issues Malawi is currently facing.”

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