Xabiso Vili is a performer, writer, TEDx speaker and social activist, currently working in the City of Tshwane. His writings help him explore his inner world so as to be able to relate to the outer world. He is the Pretoria Spoken Sessions Slam League Champion 2015/16 and the Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition Champion 2015. He has also represented the Eastern Cape in the Lover + Another Regional Poetry Slam (2011) and in 2013, he won the Gauteng Regional Slam and came in 3rd in the National Slam. Xabiso was also the Word N Sound poet of the year in 2014 and 2015 and came 2nd in the first Current State of Poetry One on One league slams in 2016. Xabiso has been published in various anthologies and online, including SACE High School anthologies (2008, 2009, and 2010), Black Communion, Poetry Potion, Badilisha Poetry X-Change, Sky and Dust and most recently, Myesha Jenkin’s To Breathe Into Another Voice.
He has performed all over South Africa, in Scotland, UK, U.S and India , including Cape Town, Grahamstown, Johannesburg, London, Scotland, Washington D.C and Delhi, to name a few. He strongly believes that art influences his community positively and thus is constantly working towards creating alternative stages for art to be shared in innovative ways. Xabiso also runs writing, performance and event organizing workshops and has co-founded Scribe Rites, a writing collective aimed at advancing the reach of writing and performance through somatic practices and academic and activist overlap. He also works in abandoned spaces to create art hubs and creative centres of change. He has recently released his African contemporary Lounge and Spoken Word fusion Album called; “Eating My Skin”, created in collaboration with Favela Ninjas. He is also touring his one-man show; “Black Boi Be” and is launching both his album and one-man show in willing participants’ homes and lounges in his “Live Lounge Launches”.