Ishmael Sibiya is a facilitator and event producer focused on the development of emerging artists within the performing arts sector. Over the years, Ishmael has worked with government and the private sector to produce youth development projects and cultural exchanges. One of the flagship projects he has conceptualized and produced for the City of Tshwane is the “Tshwane Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition and Festival” which is one of the most rewarding poetry competitions in South Africa currently, awarding youth poets with over R50k in prizes yearly since being launched in 2015.
Phomolo Sekamotho, better known as Flex of He & I, is a South African artist that incorporates spoken word poetry into live music. His craft has seen him travel and share all across Southern Africa, Washington DC as well as New York. In 2012 he headlined the House of Hunger Poetry Slam in Zimbabwe. In 2015 he visited the United States of America, performing and facilitating writing workshops in schools across Washington DC. Flex is currently working on a live “poetry in music” album with his 6-piece band. Under the Fly Language and Azania to DC banner, He has facilitated workshops at the Pioneer Academy in Johannesburg as well as Washington DC under the Azania to DC banner, creating channels that serve as a platform for communities of young artists to express and exhibit their creativity, talents, beliefs, history, culture and perspectives.
Muriel Mokgathi-Mvubu known by her pen name MoAfrika 'a Mokgathi is a South African based poet, performer,
cultural activist, business Woman, award winning radio Presenter - Producer and a civic leader amongst many in
her talent hat. MoAfrika is known for her Sepedi pen and unique writing style using code mixing and code
switching of Sepedi and English languages blending with soul,jazz and kiba rhythms.
She started her artistic journey in 1999 and professionally in 2005.MoAfrika has headlined an impressive list of poetry events ,festivals and fairs in South Africa and Beijing China as part of the 2010 world cup build-up Events . MoAfrika's poetry has been featured on numerous community and online publications. Recently some of her works have featured in the first South African Jazz Poetry Collection "To Breathe Into Another Voice" edited by Myesha Jenkins. Kaya FM, SAfm and Ubuntu FM are some of the radio stations that have featured her work.
She is currently working on her 2 long awaited projects, a poetry collection and a music and poetry album "From Mamelodi to Mali".