By Tumiso Setladi
Lyricist, photographer, producer, mentor and poet, Torsten Tebogo Rybka (29), also known by his stage name Clear, says he has always had a driven spirit and talent for the arts, especially in music and words and he has gone to find a lot of platforms to share his artistry.
“I believe and know that music is medicine, as well as poetry. I would love to make a difference by healing the world through the medium of hip hop and poetry from whatever illness it is going through one word and sound at a time,” Clear said.
From 2007, Clear says he has been able to find himself involved in a lot of art movements and poetry societies that have shaped the artist he is today. In 2014, he founded a poetry movement called ‘U R WHAT U SPIT’, the aim was to make social change and make a difference within society through the medium of the spoken word.
The movement also helps young people who are interested in poetry to enhance their writing and performance skills. It give young poets a platform to express themselves and how they feel about life in general.
“What inspires me mostly is the experience of life that aids me to generate the works or poems that I write. My own personal experiences or experiences in general,” Clear said.
He is also inspired by a couple of artists, namely Thandiswa Mazwai, Simphiwe Dana, Common, Talib Kweli, Land Marq, Kabomo, Samkelo, Modise Sekgothe, Raphael, Don Mathera Koleka Putuma, Midnite, Neo Soul, P4CM poets and Mmutle Mothibe.
He says that he is aware of the rapid growth of the arts in South Africa but he says that it saddens him that it is well recognised by people outside the country. He is concerned that the most authentic and original artistry is not acknowledged in South Africa and feels that the country conforms to the standard of the world.
“South Africa is rich in diversity, especially in the arts if that can be embraced and in whatever way and stem out from the usual, we would flourish naturally with the arts and be unapologetic about our artistic heritage and take it to the next level,” he said.
His plans are to record his poetry production ‘Speaking from experience (Growth)’ as an album. He would want to compile all his poems through an analogy, he would also want to take poetry movements to a national scale and for it to be recognised as a game changer amongst the youth.
Clear is currently working on a couple of projects. He is busy with a poetry production titled ‘Speaking From Experience’ which he is working with a 4 piece Jazz band and 4 female vocalists. It showed at the State Theatre and it will show at the Market Theatre on the 21st June 2017, tickets are available on web ticket at only R30.
He is Clear Aka Clear as fire on Facebook, @socleart on Twitter and clear_as_fire on Instagram.