Lehlohonolo “Hlox Rebel” Mabaso is a poet, comedian, creative writing and

performance workshop facilitator, arts entrepreneur and digital marketing



Born in Qwa-Qwa in the Orange Free State, South Africa 1988, Hlox Rebel fell in

love with writing in 2008 and took his work to stage in 2010. In 2011 he

founded Sicknatcha Poetry Movement, a live performance and literature company

with the primary aim of offering a platform to emerging poets and musicians in

both rural and urban areas. He is also a founding Director at Qwakanda, a community development Non Profit Company aimed at building self-reliant and economically independent communities in rural and township areas in and around Qwa-Qwa.


Throughout his journey as a performing poet he shared the stage with some of the

world’s well-known international spoken word artists such as Natalia Molebatsi,

Black Ice (Amsterdam), Crystal Valentine (USA), Miles Hodges (USA) and Dike

(Nigeria), and he has collaborated with Kgafela Wa Magogodi and Kaloune (ReUnion Island) to name but a few. He is currently working on his debut poetry anthology “Akimbo” to be published in the near future.


Career Highlights:

– Soweto Camp Festival (2013)

– Word n Sound Fest, Slam For Your Life (2014)

– Macufe Poetry Main Event Showcase (2014)

– Launched “Nemesis” poetry mixtape (2015)

– ETV Reflections Series Guest Poet (2016)

– Tieho Khakhau One Man Show Comedy Act (2016)

– Poetry Africa Showcase Act (2017)

– Sicknatcha Poetry (Pay The Poet Festival) (2017) (2018) (2019)

– Free – State Festival, Showcase (2017) (2018) (2019)

– Word N Sound Literature Fest 8 (2018)

– SABC 1 Mikasi Sukasi Guest Appearance (2018)

– Social Awakening Festival (2018)

– Maluti Crescent Mall Grand Opening MC (2019)

– Free The Word Festival (2019)

– Hear my Voice (2020)

– Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2021