Koleka Putuma is a performance poet who is currently pursuing a degree in Theatre and Performance in The University of Cape Town. She is performer and theatre maker in training. She facilitates at schools, community projects and interfaith projects in Cape Town where she shares her vast skill of writing and dialogue. Some of her work is featured on the Badilisha Poetry X-Change. She has headlined at SliPnet’s Inzync Poetry Sessions, JamThat Session and at Off The Wall. She is a resident poet of the collective Lingua Franca. Her work has been performed in Scotland and New York.
Koleka is the current Slam For Your Life National Slam Champion.
Kyle Louw is an internationally recognized Spoken Word poet. He is considered one of the best the Mother City has to offer. His impressive track record over the last year (October 13 – October 14) proves just that. In this short time Kyle has taken home 3 Slam Championship titles; been a Stanza World Digital Slam Finalist, a Rising Star Talent Search Finalist and recently battled through five hundred hopefuls. He has shared the stage with several international artists including: Alysia Harris, Harry Baker, Luka Lesson and has performed in all major venues. Kyle has had work published in international magazines and websites
Thabiso (who has no alias and goes by his real name, Thabiso Nkoana) is the Autumn 2013 InZync Poetry Slam Winner and placed second in the 2014 slam. Again in 2013, he was a Lingua Franca Poetry Slam finalist, Zabalaza Festival Best Poetry Performance winner and Open Book Festival slam finalist. Most recently he again took first place at Slipnet’s InZync Slam for 2015. Thabiso has been reciting poetry for the past thirteen years, engaging audiences at poetry sessions such as Likwid Tongue and Xara Books in Newtown; Tsa Afrika in Randburg; Uhuru Wa Maisha, No Camp Chairs Poetry and Expressionists in Tshwane, as well various others around the country, including Lingua Franca, the Poetics movement, S.O.S in all in Cape Town and InZync in Stellenbosch. His work deals with all aspects of the human condition, which are indeed multifaceted and at times contradictory; it is often confrontational, humorous and particularly lyrical. This creative wordsmith is not one to be missed!
PLEASE NOTE: SLAM FOR YOUR LIFE VOTING CLOSES ON MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER AT 17:00.
This project is part of SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 which is a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council.