Kacey Moore , Ghana’s representative at the 2014 Big Brother ‘Hotshots’ reality television show in this interview with enewsgh.com’s Gameli Hamelo, talks about how being a part of the reality show has impacted his life, and the differences between the poetry scene in Ghana and South Africa.
You’ve lived and performed in both Ghana and South Africa, are there any differences between the poetry/spoken word community in Ghana and that of South Africa?
Obviously, poetry is not as big here as it is in South Africa so you have a few people attending the shows and the people that come are people that love poetry, whereas in South Africa, you find people that don’t even like poetry just because poetry is that big, okay you want to take your girlfriend out; you go to a poetry concert so there is a big difference.
The subjects that we talk about at poetry events here in Ghana are also very different from back in SA. Yesterday (March 6), I was performing at the Osu Oxford Street, and after I performed the fun poems; I call them fun poems because they make you laugh.
And I stared performing the serious stuff, the dark stuff, the stories about rape and abuse and I saw people started walking away because they don’t understand… they haven’t had a family member get raped or something so that’s another difference so you find most of the Ghanaian poets that perform at poetry events in Ghana talk about certain subjects. There is nothing wrong with those subjects but they can’t deal with certain issues. That’s the major difference.
Do you think there will be a time when poetry in Ghana would be big as it is currently in South Africa?
Oh yes, even bigger because we have so much history here in Ghana. South Africa has just one history, which is Apartheid and so what happens is most of their stories have their roots in Apartheid so most poems might sound racist but over here it’s different. Over here, we don’t have the black and white thing; I believe there is so much history in Ghana and if poetry is anything to go by, I think Ghana will do very well in poetry just it’s going to take some time.
Attitude of the Corporate World to poetry in Ghana and SA; which is better?
In South Africa, I do more corporate shows than any other shows. Over here I’ve been doing music concerts but in SA, it’s more corporate, like end of year parties, those meetings… corporate meetings and stuff like that. The corporate world… In South Africa, they embrace poetry more than they will embrace a rapper because most of their meetings has a certain … what is the word? There is a certain kind of crowd and you can’t come with your hip hop and noisy music so they would rather listen to something … [slow?] Exactly so we get more shows in the corporate world than we get mainstream so over there we surviving on the corporates.
Any events that you would be a part of in the coming weeks or months?
28th of this month, I’m in Rwanda. Before that, maybe I will be in Tanzania; we’re trying to confirm the dates. I’m coming up with a show that will be good for poets that will happen every week so that it becomes a constant thing. I believe that if something is said over and over again, people start accepting and appreciating it so… If we can have a show that runs every weekend so that if anyone wants poetry ‘like I want a poetry hangout’, they will be like ‘oh it happens here every Friday or Saturday.’ I’m working on something like that.
Is it okay to say that, being a part of Big Brother has helped grow your brand?
Of course, I did two shows in Uganda and they were both sold out. The Ugandan National Theatre was filled to the brim. I wouldn’t achieve that if I was still the guy in South Africa. I’m okay in South Africa, they know me but Africa now knows me because of Big Brother Africa.
I’m going to Rwanda to perform because of Big Brother, the Botswana ( People of Botswana) are waiting for me, they are asking me to come because they heard of me from Big Brother not because they heard of me in South Africa so Big Brother has really helped me and I’m so grateful.