- Category: PA 2007
Born in 1968, Mphutlane wa Bofelo is a poet, cultural worker and social critic whose works operates within a triune of modes: Black Consciousness, Socialist Humanism and Sufism, a dimension within Islam religion.
As a poet, Bofelo has distinguished himself by evenly straddling the personal and political, and the mundane and mysterious. His poetry displays a fusing of the lyrical and satirical voice, and his poems can be described as having mystical brevity.
Bofelo's articles, essays, poems and stories have been published in various journals, anthologies and online publications, including Biko Lives: Contesting the Legacies of Steve Biko (edited by Andile Mngxitama, Amanda Alexander and Nigel Gibbs), Pambazuka News , Africa Perspective ,Bleksem , Botsotso , Laugh it Off , New Coin ,Tribute , Fidelities, Tomas , Litnet , and 5-poetry(edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz).
Bofelo has performed at various platforms around the country including at Mangaung Arts and Culture Festival (MACUFE), Arts Alive, Cape Town International Book-Fair, Jozi Spokenword Festival, Inkundla Poetry Festival and Free State of Verse, and has featured at Poetry Africa on three occasions, winning the Slam Poetry Contest. His poetry collections include: The Journey Within and The Heart's Interpreter.
Bofelo is associated with two prominent poetry circles in Durban, Nowadays Poets and Live Poets Society (LiPS) and is the projects-coordinator of the Slam Poetry Operation Team (SPOT). He is also a board-member of the Al-Qalam Journalist & Research Fund and a facilitator at Workers College in Durban. He is currently working on a muso-poetry CD entitled No Autographs.
Of his poetry, Bofelo states, “I write under no commission. I write not merely to reflect the world as it is or ought to be. I also write the world as it exists in my dreams and nightmares, fantasies and fears.”