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poet profile: Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali

“Honest writers write what they see, experience, live.” Forty one years ago, Songs of the Cowhide Drum was published. This book, a humble collection of poetry, would become the key that would open doors for the writer, Oswald Mtshali. Liberal...

poet(s) profile: likwid tongue! HAAAA!

In the early 2000s, open mic sessions were a dime and dozen. Poets came out of the woodwork; no doubt, inspired by the likes of PERM (Tumi ‘of the Volume’, Zee Cube, Samantha and others). From the more grown up...

poet profile: Perpetual Eziefule-Emenkwum, Nigerian poet & performer

Perpetual Eziefule-Emenkwum is a humble, quiet extrovert, who loves to exchange ideas and receiving constructive criticism.  Her love for people provides her with immense inspiration.  She finds inspiration in all people and everything. ‘I believe that a poet has an...

poet profile: Jessica Mbangeni, the Slamming Imbongi

For a while, I’ve had little regard for imbongi of the Xhosa tradition.  ‘What’s the all the noise!’  I’ve often said.  ‘Why do they always interrupt things?’  The snob in me spoke...  Although, I shouldn’t tell you this but, most...