Phomolo Sekamotho aka “Flex”, is a young musician from Thabong – a small township in the Free State. Flex unique style incorporates spoken word and poetry into live music. His craft has recently seen him and a group of poets travel to Washington DC as part of the Sister City M.O.U between Washington DC and the City of Tshwane.
Flex says the trip to Washington DC and New York was a definite highlight of his craft.
“It was a momentous occasion. There’s a certain kind of affirmation that comes with envisioning yourself performing on a world stage and it becoming a reality a few years later. It only supplements the notion that as young people we need to dream big. Seeing isn’t believing – believing is seeing”
At just 25, Flex has performed in countless events in and around Africa; these include Masters of Rhythm in 2012, House of Hunger Poetry Slam (Zimbabwe, Harare), Wordliners (Lesotho, Maseru), Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Festival (Washington DC), Bridges: A Pan Afrikan Arts Movement (Brooklyn, New York) and many more.
“The vision is to travel, absorb and learn about other customs whilst also teaching about our own. I believe in telling stories, genuine stories. African has beautiful stories, what better way to tell these stories than to tell them ourselves” – Flex told PXY.
Flex says when growing up he was a shy individual and he of himself as inadequate for not being able to converse as effortlessly as other people did.
“Fitting in was a struggle. Instead of going outside to interact with my fellow mates I stayed inside my room, inside myself – finding words. I didn’t deem it as poetry then but it was just me jotting down words on paper trying to express what I felt.” – says Flex.
Flex has entered competitions such as The Blackberry Campus Tour 2012 and 2013, in which he came first place. He has also competed in the Spoken Mind Intervarsity Competition in which he came second place.
Flex has shared the stage with SA’s premier writers, such as Phillipa Yaa De Villiers, Lebo Mashile, Myesha Jenkins and Lefifi Tladi.
The talented poet is also part of a 6 piece band called, “Flex of He and I” – the band compromises of Vicksdadrummer Phosiwa (drums), Musarist Nyoni (guitar), Junior Mudau (bass), Sifiso Matsimela (keys), Mpotseng Sehume (vocals) and Flex himself as the poet. They are currently recording an album that will be released soon.
Links to live footage:
Flex Of He & I – Palesa
Flex Of He & I – Playing In The Rain