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SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 January 2017

SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

New York-based South African poet and TED Fellow Lee Mokobe doesn’t hold anything back in his poetry. His latest poem, “The Not Yet Burning Country”, makes comparisons between how South Africa handled xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia to how America, with the election of Donald Trump, is poised to deal with immigrants. The poem is in...

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Dear Joburg, where is the “arts” in the Newtown Arts Precinct?

by: Qhakaza Mthembu - 15 December 2016

Dear Joburg, where is the “arts” in the Newtown Arts Precinct?

Three days ago, the renowned Joburg performance venue, Bassline, was announced to be closing down. Qhakaza Mthembu, who is one of the founders of the poetry movement Word N Sound is not that perturbed, as she feels the Newtown Arts Precinct (where Bassline is) doesn’t care that much about the arts. Ten years ago you...

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4 times Mzwakhe Mbuli was a parody of himself

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 21 October 2016

4 times Mzwakhe Mbuli was a parody of himself

Mzwakhe Mbuli is the people’s poet. Mzwakhe Mbuli was the people’s poet. Poems of his, like “The Spear Has Fallen” released around 1988, shows how substantial his work was in opposing the previous regime. These days, however, the living legend lays claim to being a resounding must-fallist: pinpointing everything wrong around us with fervour. A cultural...

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These 16 young South Africans are doing amazing things that you should know about

by: Live Staff - 15 June 2016

These 16 young South Africans are doing amazing things that you should know about

You’ve probably never heard of most of these young people who are doing amazing things in their fields. We bring you musicians, poets, entrepreneurs, innovators, and the like, who you should know. In no particular order:     Samantha Ngcolomba (lawyer) Samantha Ngcolomba is using law to tackle gender disparities. Her business, Lady Liberty, is a...

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How Koleka Putuma makes money from her poetry

by: Vuyisile Kubeka - 7 April 2016

How Koleka Putuma makes money from her poetry

Cape Town-based award-winning poet and playwright Koleka Putuma is unapologetically driven and is determined to make sure her passion pays the bills. Not only has she managed to make her brand and craft lucrative at just 23, but she has a clear vision for the journey ahead. “I have no shame talking about and declaring...

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4 online movements celebrating #BlackGirlMagic

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 1 March 2016

4 online movements celebrating #BlackGirlMagic

The internet has become a hotbed for social activism. Whether, it’s video series about sexuality or blogs about  how to take care of black hair, there are plenty of blogs and online campaigns currently serving up #BlackGirlMagic. Below are a few that we’re loving right now. Feminist Stokvel If you were at the #ForBlackGirlsOnly event...

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Spoken Word with Afurakan

by: Tshegofatso Mphahlele - 17 June 2015

Spoken Word with Afurakan

Poet Thabiso “Afurakan” Mohare will be performing on Thursday at the Live VIP Youth Festival. He is also the CEO of Word N Sound, a platform for poets and musicians in Jozi. We caught up with him to find out his thoughts about the state of South African youth: What do you think is the current...

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Getting to kNova

by: Nhlanhla Mdanyana - 16 June 2015

Getting to kNova

Lebogang “Nova” Masango is a poet, feminist, activist and our new ambassador for the LiveSA VIP campaign. Here we find out more about her following her performance at the #VIPYouthFest How did “Nova” begin? I was 17, had a gallery called AfroNova, had a really big afro and needed a stage name. I was beginning...

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AfrWEka brings poetry to life in Melville

by: Lucky Mthabela - 11 June 2015

AfrWEka brings poetry to life in Melville

Melville’s popular spot, Reisi’s Bites, recently came alive with the sound of poetry when the The Word N Sound Live Literature Company and the Department of Arts and Culture presented the AfrWEka Poetry Festival.Poetry might not be for everybody, but it is for me. This is something that I recently discovered after my night out...

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Young person to watch: Poet Sinazo Peter

by: Simamkele Matuntuta - 16 October 2014

Young person to watch: Poet Sinazo Peter

Poet Sinazo Peter says winning the Open Book Poetry Slam in September this year was humbling. The Eastern Cape-born artist, who writes and recites poetry only in her native Xhosa language, was one of the contestants at the annual literary festival, which takes place at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The 22-year-old says she’s...

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