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BOOKED @ Muse: Percy Mabandu

Percy Mabandu

Percy Mabandu is an “all rounded” artist who paints, writes, speaks and dreams… Born and raised in Tshwane’s Ga-Rankuwa, Percy has been instrumental within community radio broadcasting. His presence is marked, on among others, a weekly art program called the BLK-Star Line on 93.6fm in Gauteng, where he also worked as deputy station manager.

Percy has recently joined the acclaimed weekly, the Mail & Guardian, where his passion for art history tells in his articles. He has also written for magazines such as Rootz and A Look Away. Percy’s poetry has appeared on a number of print and online journals as well as anthologies, including We Are… A poetry anthology.

His penchant for Black Consciousness art history and thought is currently focused on the life and work of Fikile Magadlela.

Percy is currently reading Seitlhamo Motsapi’s Earthstepper/The Ocean is Very Shallow, as well Focus: Music of South Africa by Carol A Muller, plus a whole lot of newspapers and magazines from everywhere.


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BOOKED @ Muse: Ayob Vania

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For nearly a decade Ayob Vania has been intimately involved with the poetry/performance poetry scene in Johannesburg. He has worn many different hats – from event organizer to artist manager, promoter to administrator, and publisher to actor – which reflect his many talents.

One of the most significant moments in Ayobs’ career was working with a theatrical poetry production called “The Streets Have Lips” together with a collective named Seven – young male writers/poets wishing to express their experiences and comment on the issues men deal with by combining the art of poetry with theatre performance.

Aside from writing and performing over the past five years Ayob Vania has earned a reputation as a Poetry/cReative wRiting Workshop Facilitator. In this role he has been involved with the British Councils’ Power in the Voice (PiV) program, which aimed to teach urban youth the art of expression through the spoken word, including Performed Poetry, Rap and Storytelling.

Ayob is currently the facilitator of the Afro Alphabets cReative wRiting Workshops which take place at the University of Johannesburg and is aimed at aspirant writers on campus. Ayob is an avid blogger and devoted twitterer, and is experimenting with different platforms to showcase and write his poetry. Visit:

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BOOKED @ Muse: Aryan Kaganof

Aryan Kaganof

Filmmaker, director, poet, novelist, musician and blogger (in a mighty way – see Kagablog) are just a few words to describe Aryan Kaganof. He has published over 13 books – including Uselessly (Jacana) and Jou ma se poems (Pine Slopes – an underground publishing company he founded, where roots writers such as Lesego Rampolokeng and AK Thembeka have also released work). His films include groundbreaking Sharp Sharp – The story of kwaito, Giant Steps (with Lefifi Tladi and the Dashiki poets) and SMS Sugarman, the first film to be completed using a cellphone camera. His latest work is Song for Hector – the Soweto riots of 1976, a remixed film which is participating in the online Africala Vote Film Festival.

Aryan took time out to fill the muse in on his “meantime”:

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BOOKED on Muse: Myesha Jenkins

Myesha Jenkins

Self confessed ‘culture vulture’ Myesha Jenkins lives her days’ song with an unbelievable lightness of a woman settled in her ‘now’. She immaculately weaves her everyday into the arts, particularly spoken word. American by birth, the poet and human rights activist emigrated to South Africa in 1993 and “… started writing poetry … my mind was completely free,” she says.

In 2005 her expressions culminated into a poetry collection Breaking the Surface published by Timbila poetry project. She also appears in a number of anthologies such as Isis X and the recently published We are… poetry anthology through Penguin. When you listen to her on stage, it is like she has performed poetry all her life.

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Announcing a New Editor for Muse @ BOOK SA: Natalia Molebatsi

We AreRaphael d'Abdon, Neo Nstuma, Ra Zion and Natalia Molebatsi Alert! I’m pleased to announce that Natalia Molebatsi has taken up the reins at Muse, BOOK SA’s platform for poetry and spoken word.

Natalia compiled and edited the recently-launched We Are… A poetry anthology. A poet, performer and writer, she has her finger on the pulse of South Africa’s incredibly vibrant spoken word scene.

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