Poetry for Social Change Programme 1: Legacy & Inter-generations

Poetry has been used for millennia as a means for transmitting historical and cultural information.  Poets throughout history have also waged war on social ills and crimes against humanity through their verse.  This long tradition of poetry as social commentary continues today. This year’s Poetry Africa festival comprises five curated programmes that feature poets whose skill with words paints images that reflect both their passion for poetry and their passion for social change. Along with the featured poets each programme will also present a young unpublished poet selected from the festival’s Open Mic programme.

Poets
Suzan Skhosana

Suzan Skhosana

SUZAN SKHOSANA is a self-taught and internationally award winning historian, storyteller, performance poet and musician who has devoted her life…
Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo

SAFIA ELHILLO is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the Sillerman First Book…
Makhosazana Xaba

Makhosazana Xaba

Makhosazana Xaba is an anthologist, essayist, poet and writer of short stories. She has published three collections of poetry, These…
Khwezi Becker

Khwezi Becker

KHWEZI BECKER was born in Johannesburg, RSA, to an artistic South African – German couple. She is fluent in English,…
Eugene Skeef

Eugene Skeef

Eugene Skeef is a South African percussionist, composer, poet, educationalist and animateu. He also works in conflict resolution, acts as…
Athol Williams

Athol Williams

ATHOL WILLIAMS is a South African author of 14 books including 4 books of poetry. He is the recipient of…
Musicians
Sibusiso "Mash" Mashiloane

Sibusiso "Mash" Mashiloane

Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane has a Masters in Jazz Performance and graduated Cum Laude from the University of KwaZulu Natal. Mash…

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