basadzi-voices-south-africaBasadzi Voices represents the many voices, often silenced, of young women across South Africa. In this collaboration, these voices have been creatively embodied in the poetry of four young women who are part of the Young Basadzi Collective. Young Basadzi Projects was founded by Rose Mokhosi in 2004, and aims to provide a platform to foreground women. An anthology entitled Basadzi Voices was published in 2006 by UKZN Press and the Young Basadzi Poetry Circle has been running in Durban since 2005.

Neo Molefe's (shameeyaa neo waMolefe)literary work has been published in Educational Practice Issue 3(1999), So Much to Tell Volume 1(2003), Kush Kollective , and Basadzi Voices(2006). She has performed in numerous poetry events.

Phomelelo Mamampi Moshapo hails from the Limpopo province. Several of her English poems have been published in Timbila and TurfWritepoetry journals and she was a featured poet in Throbbing Ink (Timbila, 2003). Her Sepedi poetry collection, titled Peu tsa tokologo (Seeds of Freedom) was published by Timbila in 2005. She works as a disability consultant and continues to “write about situations past and present which shape who we are as a people”.

Busiswa Gqulu joined Young Basadzi because, in her words, “I felt strongly about the vision behind it: to empower women by giving them a platform for dialogue, debate and discussion through poetry and interaction with other women.” Busiswa has performed in events such as the Malibongwe Dialogues (2008), The Female Condom Dialogues (2008) the Ntombi Nto Festival (2007), and the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival 2007, amongst others.

Xolile Vilakazi began performing in 2002 as a MC and then started writing poetry in Zulu. Xolile has performed in events such as Poetry Africa 2007, Ukhozi FM Tour 2007, Heritage Day 2007 at the BAT Centre, African Renaissance 2008, and the Cape Town Youth Festival 2008. She is busy with her musical poetry album and feels that it is important for youngsters to know and be proud of their languages.