- Category: PA 2008
Masoja Msiza began his career as a poet, and later a stage and television actor, musician and storyteller. Masoja is the brains behind the popular Lentswe Poetry Project spots on SABC 2 and has published a collection of poetry entitled The Voice of Hope (Umgangatho Media). He has also written and performed promo poems for Ukhozi FM and for Bafana Bafana during the 2004 AFCON tournament in Tunisia.
Masoja uses poetry as a tool for social activism - to heal, educate, rehabilitate, and entertain people in prisons, schools, churches, the workplace and communities. His acting highlights include roles in the television shows A Place Called Home, Isidingo, Scandal, and Jozi Streetsand in theatre productions such as Where The Soul Resides, Amawashas Asegoli, Once Were Free, and Voice From Kilimanjaro.
Masoja is currently focused on developing his television production company Masoja Creations and the Spoken Word Society, a company that aims at commercialising poetry and other forms of the spoken word like comedy and storytelling. His objective with these projects is to contribute to stimulating creativity and defining the new paths of imagination into our society and to uplift the love for education.
He comments: “I am inspired by events and circumstances that our society and communities experience…The themes I write about are socially related issues like domestic violence, substance abuse, illiteracy, motivation and rehabilitation. Poetry for me is the mother of all art forms, be it storytelling, music, drama, etc. I figure that poetry is not given the right support it deserves instead much attention is given to the other forms of art, we need to have more platforms that bring poets together with musicians and performers on the same stage.”