Ladies and Gentlemen… Brothers and Sisters from near and far! You and Yours brings to you “Speaking from Experience (Growth)” showcase at the State Theatre on the 1st and 3rd of December 2016
Clear’s Speaking From Experience Synopsis
– Clear gets to share his life-time experiences with everybody on stage, performing poems of different topics in life.
– It begins with the band introducing him the crowd, as his stories unfold bit by bit
– Each every poem, besides the intro and outro. Each instrumentalist will have an item to play and support each poem by Clear.
– There will be poems of all kinds of levels of life. From emotional poems to poems based on life
– At the end of the showcase, all kinds of experiences will be echoing through out every persons heart beat
Thebe (bass and lead)
Bongani Give thanks (keys/piano)
Busisiwe (stage manager)
Torsten Tebogo Rybka, known on stage as Clear aka Clear as Fire. Born in South Africa and was raised by his parents and siblings in Ga Rankuwa Unit 8, a small township area that is a 40 minute drive away from Pretoria. Ever since he was young, he had a driven spirit and a hidden talent for the arts, especially with music and words. Once he found his feet within the arts, he grew a heartfelt passion with hip hop and poetry. Most of his early years through child hood, he would take time to write, find places and people to share a word or two. His greatest influences came from the likes of Common, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Wu Tang Clan and many more. Ever since that moment, life would not be the same.
In 2007, he became a member of a poetry club known as Silent Thunders. Where poets met and recited poetry for each other twice a month. The following year, he was nominated and elected to be the chairperson of the poetry club. Then onwards in 2009, he studied photography at the institution of T.U.T (Tshwane University of Technology) that is where he found a poetry movement known as “Street Poetry Society”, which was at the main campus. He crafted his skills in hip hop production, developed his rhyme scheme and flow for hip hop from there on. As he was being taken serious, that is when he started to up his game. Taking a couple of pointers from artists from across the board and locally, he saw a gap in the art scene to fuse the two elements of expression together, hip hop and poetry.
As the year 2013 came along, he took a leap of faith to release a free downloadable E.P. that consists of 7 tracks (4 hip hop tracks and 3 spoken word poems) which he uploaded at www.reverbnation.com. He worked with the likes of Obie the soul, Nelius, Sbu, Nadya and Naphtali. That gave him a break through, to perform at stages such as “Nights of the Poets” at the State theatre, Arts and Culture events and other poetry movements in and around Tshwane. A year later, he released a single spoken word track, titled “Walk a mile in my shoes” that he released at www.bandcamp.com. The future plans he has for his music and spoken word poetry is to travel with it, perform to as many people as possible, whether it is local or international and to record a second E.P before releasing a full length album.
Clear: “I believe and know that music is medicine, as well as poetry. I would love to heal the world through the medium of hip hop and poetry, from whatever illness it is going through. It is possible; it will take 1 rhyme at a time, 1 note for every line.”
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