Poet Profile: Thando Fuze

Quaz | May 22nd, 2018 | poet profile | No Comments

Thando Fuze is a Durban based Modern Contemporary Spoken Word Artist, Writer, Founder of SHEfted MInds, Arts Events Co-ordinator and Director at FuzeArtCo.  Groomed under the guidance and mentorship of Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Fuze is one of a few prominent voices in Durban who continually redefine themselves, the state of poetry and the perceptions of others through her creative works.  She has shared the stage with the likes of the Legendary Baba Madala Kunene, her mentor Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Lebo Mashile, Luka Lesson from Australia and other greats such as Kat François from the UK.  Over the years she has not only built herself as a brand but has also helped create platforms for other artists coming up.  She has worked with Luthando Productions which hosted monthly poetry readings at the Bat Centre in 2011/2012 she has also worked with Burnt Bridges which also hosted poetry readings and music offerings in 2014.  Currently Fuze is part of a team of poets working alongside Mxolisi Mtshali in putting together the biggest bi-monthly poetry show in the country, Poet In A Suit.

Thando Fuze has worked with various schools and colleges as a Peer Educator in and around the Pinetown area setting up poetry platforms/sessions which are used as safe zones for the youth to discuss issues affecting them, using spoken word as the medium of choice.  In 2012 and 2013 Fuze was nominated, Best Female Performance Poet for the Original Material Awards.  Some of her work has been published (2015) in an anthology titled “Home Is Where The Mic Is” which features 24 poets, the world’s best modern contemporary spoken word artists on the rise.  As requested by the Department of Arts and Culture, Thando Fuze has written a poem in memoriam of the late Novelist, Essayist, Teacher and activist Lauretta Ngcobo.  One of her most recent highlights has been the article on City Press, named as one of Lebo Mashile’s favorite black female voices on the rise.  Thando Fuze currently works as a freelance Artist Liaison Officer for Poet In A Suit, Project Manager for SHEfted MInds and full-time Performance Spoken Word Artist.

Thando Fuze has performed and participated in the following festivals and events: 

  • The Reading Room Launch, Nov. (DBN, Bat Centre)
  • Poet In A Suit DVD Recording, Nov. (DBN, Royal Hotel)
  • Essence Festival, Sept. (DBN, ICC)
  • Polokwane Literary Fair, Sept. (PLK, main library)
  • Playhouse Women’s Festival, Aug (DBN, Playhouse Theatre)
  • SA AIDS Conference, June 2017 (DBN, ICC)
  • NMZ Youth Poetry, June 2017 (Umzimkulu Hotel)
  • Speak Your Rights Dialogue, March 2017 (DBN, Bat Centre)
  • All Talk Poetry Show, March/April 2017 (DBN/PMB, Bat Centre/Tetham Café)
  • S.P Open Slam Judge, February 2017 (JHB, Jo’burg Theatre)
  • Umgungundlovu Poetry Festival, December 2016 (PMB, Bassie Head Library)
  • Black Out Festival, December 2016 (Durban, Courtyard Theatre)
  • Essence Festival: Articulate Africa Book & Arts Fair, November 2016 (Durban, ICC)
  • SHEfted MInds Women In Arts Series Ep.2, September 2016 (Durban, Bat Centre)
  • AIDS Conference, July 2016 (Durban, International Convention Centre)
  • Durban University of Technology Pour-A-Tree Society Woman’s Month Celebration, August 2016 (Durban, DUT Steve Biko Campus)
  • 19th edition of Poetry Africa, October 2015 (Durban, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre)
  • PACSA Film and Arts Festival, September 2015 (Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
  • Playhouse Sundowners Poetry and Jazz, April 2015 and May 2016. (Playhouse Theatre, Durban)
  • Poet In a Suit, November 2014 (Durban Edition, Royal Hotel), January 2015 (Newcastle Edition, Black Rock Casino) and April 2016 (Durban, Blue Waters Hotel).
  • 17th Annual Poetry Africa Festival Slam Jam, October 2013 (Bat Centre, Durban)
  • Uhuru Arts Festival, December 2013 (Stanger, Luthuli Museum)
  • Poetry in Motion, 2013 (Johannesburg, Diepkloof)
  • Poetry is Alive, 2013 (Lesotho, Maseru Sun Hotel)


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