Myesha's Memoirs - Living with Jazz and Poetry

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Myesha Jenkins is a poet and spoken word performer, known for her feminist outlook and a writing style that is open, descriptive, revealing and sometimes challenging. Myesha has lived and worked in Johannesburg since 1993 when she relocated from California. In 2013, Myesha won the Mbokodo Award for Women in the Arts in the Poetry category.

In 2017 she edited the groundbreaking, To Breathe Into Another Voice: A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry, featuring the work of 45 poets, from all over the nation, writing about the impact of jazz in their lives, and published by Real African Publishers. She has published two poetry collections, Breaking the surface, (Timbila,2005) and Dreams of Flight (Geko, 2011.) She has also been anthologized in We Are (Penguin, 2010) and Isis X (Botsotso, 2006). 

Myesha’s Memoirs, Living with Jazz and Poetry explores the deep connection between poetry and jazz. Myesha’s draws on her extensive experience, and love for poetry, to deliver a show enriched with stories from the past, present and future, elevated with the sounds of jazz.

On a monthly basis, Myesha’s Memoirs, Living with Jazz and Poetry, will host live poetry sessions. These sessions will be accompanied with a live band as the backtrack, and poets performing live.

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Myesha Jenkins had a suprise visit by Ayob Vania

Ayob Senior Content Producer at Kaya FM 95.9
Ayob Vania is passionate about Community Development, Mass Communication, Creative Solutions and Social Dynamics and have honed his skills in these fields working in both the Public and Private sector. Jazz Appreciation Month sets out to promote jazz both as an historical and a contemporary art form. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz - to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more

Jolyn Phillips on Living with Jazz and Poetry Myesha Jenkins

Jolyn Phillips has won the 2018 Humanities and Social Science Award for her book Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories.
The National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences called Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories “a groundbreaking collection of stories that is more than just an account of an under-represented facet of society”.

6 Jun Myesha Jenkins Live sessions on Poetry Edition

Busi Veronica Mahlangu and Masai Sepuru alongside bassist Lex Futshane and Johan Mthetwa Live session with Myesha Jenkins "Poetry Edition".
Performance poetry is not solely a postmodern phenomenon. It began with the performance of oral poems in pre-literate societies, these poems were transmitted orally from performer to performer and were constructed using devices such as repetition, alliteration, rhyme and kennings to facilitate memorization and recall. The performers composed the poems from memory, using the version they had learned as a kind of mental template.

Thobani Mntambo on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Thobani Mntambo The Word N Sound Project is a platform for the expression of spoken word, not so much a commercial venture as an attempt to make a positive impact on youth in the city. The platforms bring together older practitioners of literature with young people in their teens and early twenties, to encourage and inspire them and to give them a sense of the trajectory of a literary career

Don Mattera on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Don Mattera started out as a kid fighting in the streets of Sophiatown. 1952 there was the defiance of unjust laws campaign, a national campaign initiated by the Congress movement. He became the Chief Debater for a group called the Western Areas Students Association, WASA. WASA was a conduit of the African National Congress Youth League. He became an underground operative of the Azanian People's Liberation Army in 1964. Mattera has published several poems and stories, one such is “ Memory is the Weapon

Rabbie Wrote and Renade on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Rabbie and Renade Lovers of poetry will experience the first of its kind poetry concert this October when Magnum Opus Poetry presents #TheCosmosTribe at the Wits Great Hall on Saturday the 27th. Literature, art, theatre and live music over spoken word have had enough of taking the back seat as Magnum Opus, a Joburg based poetry trio, put together a show of all shows to close the poetry year. The fire line-up is made of a selection of the biggest names currently in the poetry scene

Sarah Godsell on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Sarah Godsell merges her work of educator, historian, and poet, in trying to understand how we think about narrative and power, how the past is alive in the present, and how we are alive in each other. She released her debut poetry collection, Seaweed Sky, with Poetree Publications in 2016, which was later shortlisted for the NIHSS Award for a creative collection.

Mutinta Bbenkele on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Mutinta Bbenkele is a multi-certified and multi-tasking Poet and Writer, Events/Production Manager, Digital Strategist and Trainer, Education and Arts Activist and all round problem solver, with a proficiency in interpersonal skills and communication. Mutinta is a TEDx Speaker and Global Citizen Performer. She is currently the General Manager of the Word N Sound Live Literature Company as well as a freelancer in a couple of industries that all culminate in her passion for youth, art and the education behind sustaining art. Some of these industries include: Digital Marketing, Youth Arts Entrepreneurship, International Project Management, Financial Management, Education and Event Production.

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers (born 17 February 1966) is an award-winning South African writer and performance artist who performs her work nationally and internationally. She is noted for her poetry, which has been published in collections and in many magazines and anthologies, as well as for her autobiographical one-woman show, Original Skin, which centres on her confusion about her identity at a young age, as the bi-racial daughter of an Australian mother and a Ghanaian father who was adopted and raised by a white family in apartheid South Africa. Phillippa Yaa de Villiers writes, performs and teaches Creative Writing at Wits University, Johannesburg.

Mandla Mlangeni on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Mandla Mlangeni is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader with a host of skills ranging from teaching, performing to arranging and composing in diverse styles of music. Mlangeni is always looking some version of hip. Blame it on his roots, because his elevated sense of style hinges on his hanging around elder statesmen of jazz from an early age. Mlangeni was chosen by the National Arts Festival as this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. This prestigious award is presented annually to deserving artists, affording them national exposure and acclaim.

Vangile Gantsho on Living with Jazz and Poetry

Vangile Gantsho is one of the South African poets featured on Badilisha Poetry X-Change, a large online archive of African poetry.
She is a South African-born a poet and a healer. She is dedicated to creating and/or supporting spaces which encourage (black feminine) healing. Most of the poems in red cotton were written in 2016 as part of her MA thesis from the University Currently Known as Rhodes, and 2017, when she first accepted her spiritual calling

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