SPOKEN WORD POEM REVIEW: The Mantra By Dera Meláni
If you haven’t heard of the spoken word poet, Dera Meláni then you’re in luck.
The Mantra by Dera Meláni just dropped and is smoking hot. This stew is so sweet, I cannot lick it alone.
From beginning to end, The Mantra questions Africa’s decision and ways of Africans in recent times.
For me, The Mantra was a thought-provoking piece. I found myself listening to it over and over again cause I couldn’t get enough of it. And it’s not just the amazing soundtrack, it’s the wordings and the emotions embedded that brings this piece to life.
The Mantra by Dera Meláni is more than a wake up call to Africans. It’s a redefining piece that strikes a note in the hears of its listeners.
“Will you still say you’re the future when you’ve lost the present?”
Dera Meláni’s The Mantra sheds light on our cultures and the things we’ve blindly followed and practiced.
“Any man who thinks his farmland is not enough can as well claim the Evil Forest, for now man will contest with him.”
It speaks about how the quest for power has made us derail from our true path, which begs the question: “Africa, What shall we tell mama?”
“This mantra is rising up from the dust of buried dreams, hopes, destroyed in the quest for identity. Identity, lost in the race of peace.”
Dera Meláni’s calls Africa to awaken from her slumber, and open her eyes to the light. Africa has been blinded by foreigness, a quest for identity that she never owned.
She asks what mantra we shall chant at mama’s grave when Africa has lost the mantra.
“Have you forgotten so soon that dawn precedes noon?”
Africa has lost itself in the race for identity, forgetting that one doesn’t leap in life. Development would not come from abandoning our ways and clinging onto neo-colonial make up.
This isn’t just any spoken word poem. It’s The Mantra we should all be chanting.
The Mantra by Dera Meláni is her first spoken word poem, so we should expect more compelling poems from her.
I, for one think this is a spoken word poem worth listening. If you do too.
Download The Mantra by Dera Meláni HERE.
More About The Poet:
She is an undergraduate of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education who is studying English and Communication Arts. She loves writing, reading, baking, travelling, singing solo, exercising, and gender activism.
Follow Dera Meláni on Instagram: @Official_chidera