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An Interview with İlyas Tunç, a poet from Turkey

by Vonani Bila   1- Who is İlyas Tunç and when did you encounter poetry ? I was born in 1956 in Ordu, Turkey. I taught English in the primary schools for twenty eight years. Last year I became retired.

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James Matthews: Still Kicking Butt @ 77

by Mphutlane Wa Bofelo   Veteran educator and social  activist, Yusuf Cajee recently shared with me his recollections of the time he was arrested by the South African Police   while distributing copies of Muslim Views (then Muslim News) which were accompanied

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Mthwa and Hlubi

by Mbizo Mzamane   We Africans do not refer to ourselves as coming from or being members of “tribes”. Both presently and historically the term used to indicate the people you were borne of is “clan”. My family is descendant

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The Ballad of Sugar Moon and Coffin Deadly

by Mphutlane wa Bofelo   Aryan Kaganof is a writer who possesses the rare capability to capture grotesque and bleak scenes and moments in words of a lyrical and poetic beauty that land deep into the heart and mind of a

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The Liberation in Question

by Jean-Francois Kouadio   Abidjan is indescribable tonight. All thieves, out-laws and maladjusted people that the quasi-informal situation of the Coup d’Etat has excited, are at their coward’s task. Acts ordinarily repugnant to moral principals are suddenly legalized. Isn’t the

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Myesha Jenkins – Tribute

Botsotso would like to pay homage to Myesha Jenkins, the poet and promoter of poetry who died on Saturday, 05 September 2020. Myesha was a founder member of Feelah Sistah, the all-woman poetry group that in its time made such an impact. Thereafter, she was indefatigable in organising and strengthening poetry platforms on radio and for live performance/readings. Myesha’s work was included in two Botsotso productions – the anthology Isis X and the recording Roots and Branches. Her spirit as a politically conscious, jazz-loving artist lives on and is well expressed in her seminal poem Autobiography which was included in both these projects.

Click here to read Autobiography, a poem by Myesha Jenkins.

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