Magnum Opus is a Johannesburg based poetry ensemble of three spoken word poets, Sibusiso Ndebele, Thobani Mntambo and Rabbie Wrote. The collective is published weekly in a poetry column called #PoeticLicence, in the Saturday Star Newspapers print and online versions. One of the members, Rabbie Wrote, co-authored a book; The Black Consciousness Reader and the collective is head of performance management at all activations for the book in collaboration with Jacana Media.
The ensemble uses multimedia to offer a cinematic poetry experience. They now work with a live band called Best In The World (BITW). In June 2017 Opus released their debut EP, Kwasukasukela and they are currently recording new material to add to and remaster it with a jazz sound alongside BITW. The award-winning collaborative have won WordNSound Awards including Best showcase and Best Newcomer.
The ensemble juggles 9 to 5’s and the arts. Ndebele is a Conveyancing secretary and property consultant at Hengst and McMaster. He is in his final year of studies, doing Bcom Law. Rabbie Wrote is an author and journalist. He holds a BA degree in Communication Science. He is the Online editor at Saturday Star and Sunday Independent Newspapers. Mntambo is a copywriter at Mullenlowe SA. He has an IT background. Between 2013 and 17 he was a Project Coordinator and Resource Management officer at First Consulting Alliance and IT administrator at Initiative Media SA. He holds a BSc in IT.
Along with their upcoming studio project, they are producing a show for theatre with BITW, where they will do live DVD recordings.
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