Born in Zimbabwe but residing in Lesotho for over 20 years, Siphiwe has been an avid activist using her poetry to stimulate the masses with inspiring poems about human rights for over ten years. She spent five years from 1994 in Brussels, Belgium where she was introduced to writing as a form of self expression to conquer her demons and in so doing, the poet was born. She attended schools in Lesotho and Belgium and did her B.A Drama degree at the University of the Free State in South Africa.
Her work is an infusion of Spoken word, African melodies and traditional drumbeats and is inspired by the likes of Tshepo Tshola, Selaelo Selota and Lira amongst many. Her passion for the preservation of the African child has seen her do poems on human rights, domestic violence and child abuse. Growing up she was subjected to instances that saw her use poetry to free herself from her own abuse experiences as a child and has since become a voice of reason for those afraid to speak up and for those that share her passion with her to stand up against prejudice, violence and abuse.
She has worked as a radio Dj in Belgium (Radio Groove), Lesotho (Ultimate fm & Mxxl Radio ) and South Africa (BBT Fm) and starred in two movies produced in Lesotho ( Likhapha tsa Mali-Tears of Blood and Mosonngwa-The Mocked one). She is a member of the Petsoa-Majoeng Arts and Entertainment movement and signed under Magic in Progress (MIP) recording label. In 2014 she was nominated for an award for best female entertainer (FINITE Magazine Women Appreciation Awards) where she came in second as well as won the Best R’n’B album award for Ultimate Radio Music awards. One year later, her work was featured in the 2015 Pan-African Jalada Anthology publication (jalada.org/2015/09/15/jalada-0…the-language-issue/ representing Lesotho. She has one album compilation called Demons Exposed, released in July 2014 from which her number one selling single Da Nerve is included. Currently, Siphiwe is working on her second album Be still where her latest single Ha ba Llla (when they cry) is currently enjoying airplay.
Her spoken word Demons Exposed and My Freedom is Your Block are featured below and are described as follows:
Demons’ Exposed is about coming to terms with one’s journey through life.. Acknowledging the good and the bad but most importantly accepting the all that one has gone through as lessons to learn from not as pitfalls to hold one back.
My Freedom is Your Block was inspired by the lack of disrespect religious fanatics seem to have for the beliefs of others, constantly suffocating the rest of us with the righteousness of their Gods over others.
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Poet Gretl Feeson from Glasgow, Scotland tries to capture and express his feelings through spoken word, rants, and poetry as it makes him feel awesome inside. As he is new to poetry and still trying to learn about all the different forms and meter he says, “This is just part of that journey.” Featured below is his spoken word Help Me Forget.
Letters and Poetry: https://gretlfeesonpoetry.wordpress.com/
LizC is a spoken word poet, born and raised in Toronto, residing in Ottawa. She is a blogger and vlogger of Spoken Visions and believer of the Most High King. She writes mostly about education, injustice, youth and young adults and most importantly her faith. Her passion for writing poetry has pushed her to pursue her craft and inspires her to impact and relate to the needs and potential of this generation. She is influenced by Christian creators like Jackie Hill Perry and John Givez and hopes to create a bigger platform for more Christian-related expression.
Official Website: https://spokenvisions.com/
Hamish Low is a New Zealander currently resident in Colombia. Hamish writes poetry (in English, Spanish and Swedish), short stories and is an occasional musician and artist. He’s currently working on a novel. A portfolio of his fragments, failed attempts and artistic experiments can be found on his official website. Hear his spoken word September of which he writes: “September was a attempt to capture the stray thought forms that occurred to me in September, and to build a poem around them. It’s also full of secret messages and private references for it’s intended audience…”
Official Website: http://hamishlow.net
Spoken word artist Westley Nash describes his work as follows: “My motto for my spoken word has always been ‘Your mind found wisdom hiding in the darkness, so let your voice bring those words into the light’. I’m a poetic philosopher who believes in seeking “emotional balance” rather than trying to frantically chase happiness. To weigh your positives against your negatives in equal measure to live a healthy balanced life.” Westley has a Youtube channel where he presents his spoken word and thought of the week series some of which can be found here.
Hear his recent poem In The Stars… I See Your Name
Four years ago, Hank decided to buy a microphone and some software and start reading his own poems over You Tube. This has led to doing audio books, trailers, commercials, musical collaborations with electronic pop artists and his main love, reading poetry with music in the background. He has even done some voice acting in his time and is ready, willing and able to take on any project given.
Retired from a major corporation, Hank Beukema has been writing for decades. He has been published in many collections including Dufus, Lummox Press, Words Dance, Durable Goods, No Spring Cleve, Water Said, Denver Syntax, Enchanted and other collections and anthologies. He performs live occasionally, but prefers to stay home and broadcast poetry and lyrics over the Internet.
Hear his recent poem Walking in Shadows in collaboration with Earth Connector