Poet and spoken word performer, Myesha Jenkins, will be remembered for her feminist outlook and a writing style that is open, descriptive, revealing and sometimes challenging. A highlight of Myesha’s career has been engagement with Arts for Humanity where poets collaborated with visual artists on projects focused on Children and another on the SA Constitution. Arriving in South Africa from the US in the early days of the dawn of South Africa’s new democracy Myesha devoted her life to the empowerment of rural Black women, performance poetry, the creation of networks that supported poets, the broadcast of poetry and multiple collaborations between poetry and jazz, one of her greatest loves. She died peacefully in her home in Johannesburg on 5 September 2020.
Writing in the Daily Maverick, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers describes Myesha Jenkins as “A protean artist, who evolved as her interests led her, her signature style was one of unshakeable socialist principles delivered with simplicity and integrity infused with a rich seam of humour.” In this programme, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers gathers a group of artists to pay homage to Myesha Jenkins.
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