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poet muse: Matsemela Manaka (1957 – 1999)

poet, writer, director, actor, artist, cultural theorist. “We believe in positive art, theatre of purpose, communal theatre, theatre of survival and liberation” The 1976 Soweto uprising gave impetus to Matsemela Manaka’s career in theatre and the arts. He started out...

poet muse: RIP Mafika Gwala (1946 – 2014)

The sad news of the passing our literary icon, Mafika Gwala, has been slowly sinking in and rippling through the literary world. He passed away on Friday night. We believe it was peacefully in his sleep. Undoubtedly, this is a sad...

Maya Angelou

(poet, writer, dancer, singer, teacher, producer, playwright, activist 1928 – 2014) Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, Maya Angelou was a multidimensional human. A multitalented woman and a gift to us all. She lived a life so full, so true to herself,...

Mbulelo Mzamane: poet, academic, author (1948 – 2014)

Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane spent much of his literary career as an educator and academic having lectured in English literature since 1976. Seen by others as not a serious writer, Mzamane always considered himself a teacher first. His debut book was...

Lesego Motsepe at Comrades on the MIC 15 June 2013

Rest in Peace Lesego Motsepe (28 April 1974 – 20 Jan 2014)

I last saw Lesego Motsepe performing poetry and singing at Constitution Hill's  One Love One Heritage event on Heritage Day, 24 September 2013. And true to form, she was in great spirits, with a great big mile and just genuine...