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Khethukubonga “Khethi” Ntshangase

Khethukubonga “Khethi” Ntshangase is the poet-singer whose voice infuses the blues and jazz of the likes of Nina Simone with the mbaqanga sounds of our very own of Margaret Xingana. Her experiences on the African continent (Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe…) and beyond have strengthened her perspective and enriched her art, both written and performance work. Khethi has been leaving audiences begging for more at festivals such as Oppikoppi and at the recent Arts & Culture World Summit held in Johannesburg. In Soweto she recently entertained a crowd of about 1000 youths for the StreetPop Industry Sessions, a historical event for the KwaZulu Natal-born songstress and poet as it was “my first public event in Soweto”.

Khethi has been involved with the poetry underground scene since 2002 where she was part of the Soul 2 Mouth poetry collective as well as the founder of The Elevators Creative Concepts, a youth networking forum and publishing house. A selection of her poems can also be found in We Are… A poetry anthology published by Penguin.

After the release of her debut album Xemplify (with songs like “Warrior”, “Why don’t You” and “Lady Tupandve”), Khethi is breaking into many local and international spaces to share and expand her talents. She has lived and worked as resident singer and entertainment coordinator at a hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She also worked for East Africa Radio, co-hosting a breakfast show, and later as creative director and producer for a fashion & lifestyle TV show – broadcasting in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

Here’s the video for “Lady Tupandve”:

>> If you are in Johannesburg, catch Khethi on Thursday 22nd October at the SABC, V1A room at Radio Park in Auckland Park at 20:00. Follow this link for more:

Khethi links



They wait impatiently as,
She orders my thoughts, my words to spatter effortlessly
Words intended to somehow make things better
For the souls of those who read (them)

I consider,
How I wish to free these souls with words
Gushing naturally as though there to nourish….
Quench a remarkable thirst they never knew existed
Eventually my words will eradicate greed, salvaging our creed
…and release You to flourish

So knowing what they want, they wait impatiently
From me, right now, they seek poetic justice!
That elaborates in craftily creative phrases
Words there, to somehow, invoke clairvoyance
In the souls of those who read them.

So we can foresee,
How eventually these words will eradicate greed, salvaging our creed
…releasing You to flourish

There, I give you words that meander,
Intended to somehow make things better
For the souls of those who read (them)

copyright: Khethukubonga “Khethi” Ntshangase


A poem I wrote for Miriam Makeba and what she represented

She, broke the silence in the darkest of times
People’s minds mesmerized by the bravery in her eyes
As she sweetly sang the blues, she did the wise
Communicating truth, speaking of our painful lives
Injustices, labour law fallacies
Disease tongue spoke foul truths of broken promises
Sweet were kisses as melody releases
The pain and strife of beings with life
Warrior each time

copyright: Khethukubonga “Khethi” Ntshangase