Ike Macina song-poet then social activist
I found the poetry and prose of Ike Macina profound and ahead of its time especially the poem "Who God wants me to be". Ike Macina is very deep, deep and touches the core of humanity's association with the primordial force of life, I call it Love he calls it God. This poem had an impact on me because at school and at work successful people are associated with material things. People's performance and outlook is judged by extreme self confidence and a The Quiet Joyful Noise.
Here Ike Macina expounds on that spirit of "I don't care anymore-attitude" about what people say or done to him to bring back that self confidence and self reliance on a higher power. He calls for a higher power to the rescue and tries to make spiritual connection with creation.... and motivationally this inspires self confidence. Especially; good for the new generation of youth who have a poor and low self esteem about them, adults included.
The following lines made a lasting impression on my reading!
"As I rise to the occasion to conquer challenges, I take with me those who share my truths and vision.
As I climb to victory for enlightment I pay homage and loyalty to the power behind the Universe.
I believe God made me in His own image. God is good and omnipotent and therefore will not allow my defeat to take precedence any longer than I can afford to lose a single tear"
More creative and humorous is his style of writing of a very special poem that overtook my heart in The Quiet Joyful Noise. I was fascinated by the way he plays around with words; he weaves them like a magic carpet ride and takes you right to the core of a world where you would seldom expect to find yourself in. The poem "Who does she think she is" is not only hilarious and pleasant to read - it is outrageously funny to say the least. This poem can make an outstanding Hit song and top of the music charts.
I can truly excuse Mr. Ike Macina's poetic arrogance for sounding politically correct in his depiction and overtones of his concern for Africa to repent from its corrupt ways and poor political governance. Nonetheless his prose on "The dilemma of Africa's moral conscience" portrays a typical scourge and irreparable damage and challenges that the leadership of the African Continent is facing today. Although, his view about Africa's moral behaviour is radical and outright critical and thought provoking, his message is loud and clear.
At one stage, I was not sure how to classify or place his writing or begin to categorise his thinking. I cannot contemplate him to be an author who comments about social justice and political issues. But Ike Macina clearly uses a strong prophetic extravagance of words to illustrate his feelings and is able to paint a fine picture about his experiences. This show in one of his beautifully crafted poems called "Key to love" and his echoing and praise of love is intoxicating and forms a major part for the theme in this book.
His tell-tale connectivity with words makes his poems ring and sound like a sweet song in your ears. He needs more exposure to work with music producers and talented songwriters and artitsts to turn his career into The Quiet Joyful Noise. I find him unique and different or unconventional in his approach to writing.
He seems to come across as an outstanding song-poem writer, rather than a political commentator. His bio reads "He is fascinating as a philosopher, yet simple as a teacher. He is a South African Blackman, born in a poverty stricken African Township-where reading and writing was not an option, but rather a privilege...." Reading the Quiet Joyful Noise is not only a pleasant experience, but some poems are philosophically initimidating and raise eyebrows about his future in the world of writing. In my opinion, Ike Macina has asserted himself as an author and his next words on paper will tell what calibre of writer is he. This book is a good read for a serious or persons inspired by biographies of a new goldmine of writers who possess the mind that speaks a new language we still have to decipher and deeply understand, i.e. Love . Ike Macina seems to have ultimately found himself.