Introducing word expressionist, Kush Mahleka
This local talent has many titles under her belt, word expressionist/poet, writer and a sangoma.
Kush Mahleka was born in the Eastern Cape, bred in Ngqeleni. Mahleka was introduced to poetry at age 14.
“After being introduced to 2Pac and how his rap was unpacked as poetry; the art of talking about problems and solutions. That is how I started writing about my grievances in beautiful word play, 13 years later I was nothing more,” she said.
“When Amanda Black called September 1st 2019, to take a flight from Durban to Johannesburg, that is when I was there, she asked me to write the poem. She played me the entire album and from there, we created magic,” Kush said.
Mahleka was part of this year’s Essence Festival performing two of her poems.
“One theme was based on the Black Lives Matter movement and the biggest concern in the world right now and the first poem being titled Black Child Pride, I speak of the history of apartheid in our country and the police brutality in America, speaking on how racial hate will never end us, we are no less worthy of living than the perpetrators. The second poem Kubo is on the album and it is motivation and it felt perfect,” Mahleka explained.
“Life was just about to change then lockdown happened, but for the first time in my life it kind of felt like the opportunity of being part of mainstream artist’s beautiful project is now sneaking the rest of the world how poetry in its underrated is yet on art and entertainment but trust me there is bigger things coming,”
Kush’s future plans include taking out her book titled One Year Stand Love, releasing some tracks of her poetry and changing the perception of poetry.
“Make the next generation of poets buy houses from performance poetry and not just something you have to be deep for. The future also holds its challenges and even those I plan to conquer,” she said.
Picture: Kush Mahleka (Facebook)