Anele Kose

Anele Kose was born in King Williamstown in a small village called Fort Murray, and grew up in Mdantsane, East London. Inspired by Dead Prez and Tupac, his first performance was a high school presentation. Since then he has never looked back. He has been performing with Lingua Franca since its first Naked Word Poetry Session, the 2013 Zabalaza Festival, and headlined at Naked Slam Poetry 2013. He is the 2013 winner of DFL Lover+ Another Cape Town leg. He has also worked with the Rainbow Arts Organization which produced Unborn, written and directed by Thami Mbongo. In 2012 he wrote a poetry production titled People from no People, performed at the Black Box Theatre. More recently he wrote poetry and performed in Amathaf’ entandabuzo a Xhosa setwork for high schools in the Western Cape, which played at the Baxter Theatre. In 2015 &16 he was part of the cast of Ityala Lamawele by S.E.K Mqhayi, adapted and directed by Thando Doni and Mandla Mbothwe for Artscape.

In April 2018 he travelled to Chicago with Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement to deliver lectures, workshops, and performances at Northwestern University, the Poetry Foundation, and around the city of Chicago.