Lukoko's poetry continues to resonate with life

Date:24 February 2019 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

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The Tshivenda love poet, Lukoko, has just released his upbeat sound-and-word single, Mufunwa 2, and it has already become popular with lovers of his poetry.

Mufunwa literally means 'lover' or 'beloved' and, in Lukoko's context, this 'beloved' is the one who receives pure love and is also expected to return it with a clean heart. This single comes after the poet had promised to release a single or even an album with the same title every year, starting from last year.

“I believe in love and that it has got be shared by two people or within a society,” he said. “It is another reason why I am dedicating much of my time to composing the Mufunwa series. I know that love heals. Love mends the broken heart and it has the energy to bring two or more people together for good.”

A resident of Thenzheni village, Lukoko was born Ronewa Nengwenda. He is a young poet who emerged a few years ago, leaving many people amazed with his authentic voice, which blazed through the poetry scene across the country.

“I have since made an indelible mark in the performance poetry industry with my poems,” he said. “I released some singles some three years ago, which were followed by a full-length album, entitled Lukoko.”

As a school pupil, he had won numerous awards and cash prizes at the circuit, district and provincial level. For the upcoming project he has worked with Moses Nyatheli as producer. “I send countless messages of love in one poem and that's a rare skill which I possess,” he said. “I'll continue to recite my poems with instrumental accompaniment and disseminate such messages in CD packages for public consumption.”

He is available on Facebook and can be contacted on 071 344 5935.

Lukoko is a poet whose voice has matured with time. Photo supplied.


Limpopo Mirror met up with Lukoko and fellow artist Vhushaka Ratshivhadelo during the photoshoot for Lukoko's new poetry album.


By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.