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Thabiso Nkoana

Thabiso Nkoana is the 2013 and 2015 InZync Poetry Slam Winner and placed second in the 2014 slam. In 2013, he was a Lingua Franca Poetry Slam finalist, Zabalaza Festival Best Poetry Performance winner and Open Book Festival slam finalist. As the poet and rapper of the Addis Ababa Assembly, Thabiso also brings his brand of unapologetic poetry to this Cape Town based ensemble that specialises in the fusion of Pan African musics with more urban sounds. With the band, Thabiso won the best actor award at the 2016 Zabalaza Festival, the ensemble also taking the Best Musical Direction award.
Having had recited poetry for the past thirteen years, engaging audiences at poetry sessions such as Likwid Tongue and Xara Books in Newtown; Tsa Afrika in Randburg; Uhuru Wa Maisha, No Camp Chairs Poetry and Expressionists in Tshwane, as well various others around the country, including Lingua Franca, the Poetics movement, S.O.S in all in Cape Town and InZync in Stellenbosch. His work deals with all aspects of the human condition, which are indeed multifaceted and at times contradictory; it is often confrontational, humorous and particularly lyrical. This creative wordsmith is not one to be missed!





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