Through Vangi-tinted glasses

Perspectives from an African

Vangi’s profile May 29, 2012

 

Vangi began performing seriously in 2005 but has been writing most of her life. She had her first real break performing at Rhyme Alive at the Moonbox Theatre in Pretoria (2005), where she shared a stage with (amongst others) Lebo Mashile. Since then she has been privileged enough to perform alongside Makhosazana Xaba, Natalia Molebatsi, SALA Poetry recipient Phillippa Yaa De Villiers and Def Poetry poet Saddi Khali to name a few.

From Rhyme Alive, Vangi went on to do shows such as the Jozi Spoken Word Festival (both 2007 and 2008), Poetry Delight as well as guest appearances on Creations (SABC 2), Yfm (2007), Youth Expressions (SABC International), SA Fm (2009), Kaya Fm and Talk 702 (2011), Times Live Poetry Showcase (2011), the South African Literary Awards (2011), Jozi House of Poetry (2012), Word and Sound (2012) and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute’s International Women’s Day Celebrations (2012). As an International Relations student, she was also drawn to and lucky enough to be embraced by platforms such the Amnesty International Debate on Capital Punishment (2005), an event at which the Rwandese ambassador was the guest of honour.

Vangi co-founded The Jamm Sessions at the University of Pretoria (2005), which in turn lead to Revolutionary Words, and later evolved into The Writers’ Forum: a platform on which young, unknown artists can share their various art forms. In 2009, she saw her brainchild, When the Kats Cum Out to Play, come to life, with performances by incredible artists such as Myesha Jenkins and Nomsa Mazwai.  Until recently, she would have considered this intimate conversation with women through poetry and music to be her most fulfilling poetic experience to date, were it not for her recent performance at the 2012 Annual Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture.  The audience included former Presidents Thabo Mbeki, Olusegun Obasanjo, Joaquim Chissano and Pedro Pires as well as many other dignitaries from around Africa and the African diaspora. In 2010 Vangi performed in I Miss You Today – a poetry, music and theatre production which ran during the Wits O-week programme and was also a part of the opening night for The Vagina Monologues at The Bassline. 

As a writer, Vangi has had her work featured on The Agenda, BKO, was chosen as one of the Next Wave of Poetry Sistas of Love Life Uncut and was profiled and had her work included in UK-based magazine:  Sabel. She recently had the privilege of having Dr Don Mattera take her under his wing and has since organised a workshop called Conversations With Yesterday, where he agreed to sit down with a handful of young poets and discuss the challenges faced by young writers of today.  At present, she is in the process of completing her poetry collection.  She is a freelance writer, performer, poet and new blogger (www.vangisafrica.org), and you can find her jamming at (sometimes hosting) NO CAMP CHAIRS Poetry Picnic on the grass at the Union Buildings every second Sunday of the month – a movement she co-founded beginning of 2011.

For bookings and inquiries, contact vangi@yzp.ch

 

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