Kyle Steven Allan (South Africa)

Kyle Allan is a 27-year-old poet, performer, writer and recording artist living in kwaSwayimane in the KwaZulu- Natal Midlands. He has released an innovative album of poetry backed by a variety of musical genres entitled Influences (2013) paying tribute to the South African cultural landscape incorporating styles as diverse as maskanda, afro-jazz, rnb, house, and kwaito. 

His poems have been published in South Africa (Fidelities, New Coin, Kotaz, Carapace in print and online on the website for Botsotso magazine), and internationally in magazines based in India (Graffiti Kolkata Broadside 2011) and USA (Anemone Sidecar 2012). He has recited, had tracks played and been interviewed on Gagasi fm, SAfm, Mgungundlovu fm and Vibe fm. 

He has contributed freelance work for a variety of publications including the Natal Witness, Litnet, Mindmapsa and potholesandpadkos. He writes love poetry that is deeply social and social issue poetry that never ceases to inspire a passion that equates to love. His poetry deals with reality, with poems written about subjects as wide ranging as taxi journeys, everyday struggles, existential realities in a use of language challenging clichés. His art fights for an acknowledgement of reality and an engagement with personal experiences. The choice of using various music genres in his poetry recordings illustrates a strong desire to pay tribute to the immense variety of influences and the diversity of creativity in the South African artistic landscape. He performs with a unique and energetic performance style incorporating highly charged vocal electricity, an evocative and dynamic poetic voice, diverse musical genres and a direct and potent audience engagement.