Lebo Mashile is a South African poet who was born in U.S. and returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid in the 1990s. She is well-known for her works “In a Ribbon of Rhythm” released in 2005 and “Flying Above the Sky”, which was released in 2008. Mashile regards poetry and its expressive power as the most effective tool to bring about discussion and changes in mental attitude about social issues, especially issues experienced in the socio-political realm of post-apartheid South Africa.
Koleka Putuma is a Cape Town based performance poet who facilitates and hosts writing and dialogue workshops at schools, community projects and interfaith programs in the Cape Town area. Her poem titled “Water” earned her PEN SA Student Writing Prize. She co-founded a theatre company for up-and-coming female artists in 2014 called Velvet Spine and is a member of the theatre group The PaperCut Collective.
The Puno Selesho law student from the University of Pretoria is making waves with her poetry. She writes poetry about women, societal issues and her early life in the suburbs.
At the age of 11, in 2012 Bothlale was titled the winner of SA’s Got Talent. She is a spoken word poet and performer hailing from Mafikeng Bothlale. Among her many achievements, she sits on an honorary committee with notable figures including Dr Maya Angelou, Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Charlize Theron.
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