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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...

poet muse: Amiri Baraka, Rest in Peace

Amiri Baraka has become a #PoetMuse... The elder passed away today at the age of 79. He had been receiving care in the intensive unit at Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. A poet, playwright, critic, activist, a resoundingly...

poet muses: BW Vilakazi poet (1906 – 1947)

Ezinkomponi ngoba ngimamatheka njalo ngikhombisa nokwenama, ngihlabelela nemphimbo, nom’ ungifik’ emgodini ngaphansi kwezinganeko zamatsh’ aluhlaz’ omhlaba sewuthi nginjengnsika Yon’ engezwa nabuhlungu Born in the same year of the Bambatha revolt against poll-taxes, BW’s full name was Bambatha Wallet Vilakazi, until...