Up close and personal with BlackLily Zim’s slamming Poet

Fungai Mombeshora also known as BlackLily was born on the 26th of June 1994. She is the last born and has two elder brothers and she is the only girl. Fungai is currently a media student at NUST because she did not want anything that would confine her. She always dreamt of being an R&B singer and she chuckles as she highlights that she has not found how exactly to balance poetry and school but says that she does poetry during the day and stays up late to catch up with her school work.

Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni
Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni

She describes herself as a young old soul and prefers to finish off her day, by relaxing at home with a book and some chocolates.Urban Culxure caught up with her and this is what she had to say;

 
U.C: How did your poetry career start?
F.M: I started performing poetry this year in January but I started writing poetry last year in December 2014

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U.C: I understand you are a well sought poet is that true and how does it make you feel?

 
F.M: I do not really know about that, but it is really humbling considering that I only started doing poetry this year

Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni
Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni

U.C: What inspires your poetry?

Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni
Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni

F.M: My poetry is inspired by anything; it can be a song, film, movie, and other poets. The beauty of poetry is that everyone can relate to it but not everyone can write it. It is a language that people know but some cannot speak and it helps to say and present things in a certain way

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U.C: How did you get to perform at the Intwasa Poetry slam 2015?

 

 
F.M: I was invited at first but I declined as I thought I was not a slam poet. At the pre Intwasa poetry slam, I was a spectator, and I did it for fun and Farirai won. My name was on the poster for the poetry slam competition and I performed and I won.

 

 
U.C: How was performing at women wine and word Intwasa 2015

Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni
Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni

F.M: It was an honor to perform with renowned poets. It was a humbling experience and to be actually handpicked was really a blessing and the icing on the cake was the crowd, they were amazing.

Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni
Fungai Mombeshora Picture by Mgcini Nyoni

U.C: Are your parents supportive of your poetry career?

 

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F.M: My parents are supportive but they were skeptical at first, they did not want me to be an artist at first but they did come around.

 
U.C: Given the opportunity to poetry only would you do it?

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Book cafe Fungai Mombeshora Favorite hang out spot in Bulawayo

F.M: Yes, definitely, Iwould, because the thing is,with poetry it’s a talent and there is no pressure .However with school you have to think in a certain way and there is a lot of pressure at school.

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U.C: What are the dream places you would want to perform in?

 
F.M: I want to perform everywhere, I do not have dream destination. I am not trying to be famous but to be heard.

 
U.C: Can we expect an anthology any time soon?

 
F.M: Well with me there is difference between reading and spoken poetry. My poems are long and can be tedious but, I have done small poems .I would prefer an audio or live collection than a print anthropology.

 
U.C: What have you learnt so far about poetry?

 
F.M:What i have learnt is that poetry is not as easy as it look and as hard as it looks.Hard as in never look for a break but start somewhere and easy as in its not glossy and glamorous as it looks.

 
U .C:Any haters so far?

 

 

F.M:I am not affected by haters; I do not let them get that close.

 
U.C: Describe your fashion sense in 3 words?

 
F.M: Moody, edgy and it speaks.

Book cafe
Book cafe

U.C: What is your favorite hangout joint?

 
F.M: It has to be Indaba book café that is where my poetry career started. It always feels like home.

 

 
U.C: Which artist do you want to work with?

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F.M: It has to be Oliver Mtukudzi, I would literary collapse.
U.C:Any upcoming projects?

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F.M: Yes, I am currently working on an album, with 12 tracks, I have completed six tracks. I also want to do a one woman poetry event in December titled, BlackLily, cheese and wine.