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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12 March Myesha Jenkins Live sessions on Poetry Edition

Thabo “Flo” Makale recites a poem on Gender Based Violence at the Live poetry and Jazz and Tereska Muishond alongside Zoe Molelekwa on piano and Ameishi Ikechi on upright bass
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

Yamoria on Living with Jazz and Poetry with Myesha Jenkins

Yamoria is a Johannesburg based collaborative spoken word duo birthed by two South
AMfumo Ntlhabane a 21year old performer who is adamant about redesigning the
sculpture of black woman in society and her twin sister Fumane Ntlhabane who draws
her inspiration from the strength that lays within the human form.frican poets, writers, presenters and radio personalities.In 2018 Yamoria made their debut appearance as presenters on the SABC3 show Ex-
Frontiers where they were a part of the team for Season2 of the show and later went on
in 2019 to become radio personalities on their own show “The Queens Fortress”.
In 2019 Yamoria went on to become coauthors of a book titled “Colour Me Melanin “
which is a coulouring book accompanied by 27 praise poems of cultures a crossed

Mjele Msimang on Living with Jazz and Poetry with Myesha Jenkins

Mjele Msimang is a poet, academic and educator. His poetry explores the the nature of masculinity, the culture of power, and the aesthetics of the sensual. He often competes in slams offering those spaces an alternative in performance style. His work has been published on various platforms

Paul Hanmer on Living with Jazz and Poetry.

Paul Hanmer is a South African composer, pianist and one of its foremost jazz musicians. Hanmer began classical piano and theory lessons. He enrolled at the University of Cape Town but stayed for a short period then left to work with guitarist Paul Petersen.

Vangile Gantsho on Living with Jazz and Poetry

vangile Gantsho is a poet, healer and co-founder of impepho press. Unapologetically a black woman, she has travelled the continent and the globe participating in literary events and festivals. gantsho is the author of two poetry collections, Undressing in front of the window (2015) and red cotton (2018). She holds an MA from the University Currently Known as Rhodes (2016), and was recently named one of Mail & Guardian’s Top Young 200 South Africans of 2018.

Sedica Davids on Living with Jazz and Poetry with Myesha Jenkins

Sedica Davids is transitioning from a “closet” to an “out of the closet” poet. In this podcast she speaks about some themes that have popped up in The “Middle life years” as she calls this period. She speaks of a search for pain free menstruation and a yearning for a time when the bleeding stops and gives way to a freedom she calls the “crone” phase. She moves between embracing this time and a feeling of remorse at the physical and hormonal fluxes this meant and the impact this has had on her being. Her writing streams her search for meaning in the moment and her intuitive longing for feminist wisdom

Myesha Jenkins chats to Salimah Valiani

Salimah Valiani is a poet, activist and researcher. She has published four collections of poetry.
She is also the author of Rethinking Unequal Exchange: the global integration of nursing labour markets (University of Toronto Press: 2012) and editor of The Future of Mining in South Africa: Sunset or Sunrise? (2018).

Busisiwe Mahlangu on Living with Jazz and Poetry with Myesha Jenkins

Busisiwe is the winner of the Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition 2016/2017 and National Library of South Africa Poetry 2017.
Her work is longlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Poetry Award and has been published in New Coin, Kalahari Review, Best ‘New’ African Poets Anthology and Atlanta Review.
Her debut collection ‘Surviving Loss’ was published in late 2018 (Impepho Press) and adapted and produced for theatre as part of the South African State Theatre’s incubator programme 2018/2019.

Myesha Jenkins chats to Herbie Tsoaeli

Herbie Tsoaeli bassist , composer, Director of natural music,
Herbie Tsoaeli is the 2013 Best Jazz Album South African Music Award winner, for his debut album African Time. Better known as “uMalume” by most of his fans in the South African jazz scene, following his hit “Hamba No Malume” from the African Time album, Herbie’s music is a combination of different elements of South African music, and jazz

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