Kwanele Nyembe

Kwanele Nyembe, also known as Tory Saint, is a Durban based poet, writer, actor, and dancer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Performance Arts and Media and Cultural studies at University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also currently pursuing his Honours degree in Drama and Performance Arts at the same institution. He has acted as the chairperson of Nowadays Poets, a long-standing organization at the Bat Centre in Durban (2019-2020). In that year he facilitated writing and performance workshops, organized, and hosted monthly shows called In My Own Voice. He is also the Co-Founder of Sink or Swim Podcast, a platform that serves as a media outlet for Durban-based performing artists to talk about their work and introduce to the world the person behind it. As a performer he has worked with the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria together with Hear my Voice, which curated a virtual series that incorporated creatives from different art sectors, including fashion, literature, music, spoken word, media, government, and academia, for the purpose of co-learning, adapting to change and support during the peak of the Covid pandemic. He has also participated in the Poetry Africa slam jam competition and was the runner up in 2018 and Slam Jam champion in 2019. In the subsequent year he was selected as an honorary poet for the 2020 Poetry Africa festival as part of the New Voices Segment, which was held virtually due to Covid-19. That year he was also elected to be part of the judging panel for the 2020 slam jam competition. He also performed at the Playhouse Sundowners Poetry and Jazz show.  Beyond this he has also shared his work in various spaces such as CSP, WordnSound and Worlds of Words. He was awarded 1st Place for the Golden Key Poetry competition at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.