Mbizo the BlackPoet is an internationally acclaimed perfomances poet/writer/live literature producer/creative projects consultant, he works as a poetry festival manager, creative interventions consultant, perfomances poet, public /media relations facilitator,poetry writer, poet/writer in residence,publications coordinator and compiler.The Poet is published in more than 62 journals, literary magazines, poetry anthologies, creative reviews and cultural research anthologies and thesis, in the States, Britain,Germany,India,South Africa,Norway ,Turkey ,Finland ,Iceland,Zimbabwe ,Namibia and also Ghana. He has CO-authored a poetry Anthology /Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi with Sweta Vikram, indian bornpoet based inNew York,USA.Mbizo is the founder of Girl Child creativity project, a project that seek to mitigate the underrepresentation of younggirls in areas of creative enterprise, creative writing, perfomances art ,literacy development and readership culture, the project seek to develop girls mentally and creatively for them to realise their talent, creative identity and self worth ,on this project, check, http://www.girlchildcreativity.blogspot.com/.
He is also the founder of Young Writers Caravan ,Africa Drums Poetry Festival,This is Africa Poetry Night between 2003- 2011
all programs had everything to with creativity.
Mbizo have perfomed in various media, political, writers ,book ,diplomatic, non-govermental and international platform, and worked with such organizations on different levels as a writer,poet, poet inresdence, consultant, facilitator, manager and producer.
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Ruvimbo Bambiey Mtasa [Branding Executive]
BIO/ RUVIMBO MTASA
Ruvimbo Mtasa born in Harare . She is the first born in a family
of five beautiful girls.
'A' Level, Girls High School Harare and attained 2 'A' Levels.
A diploma in Applied Art and Design, Harare Polytechnic Zimbabwe.
She is a versatile, articulate, innovative hard working lady who
possesses a creative flair with excellent analytical and communication
skill. She is currently an Art Director at DDH&M Advertising. As a
team player, she believes in working for the growth of the
organisation. Her motivation lies in her desire to succeed and excel
in everything she undertakes and her strengths are in her people
skills, proactiveness and ability to pay great attention to detail. In
her position, as an Art Director, she has gained a wealth of skills
and experience in graphic design and advertising as a whole with 3
years and 6 months of working experience.
She loves music and is also studying music with Mr Mapiye from Prince
Edward High School and has been sitting for exams at Zimbabwe College
of Music. She is also an aspiring musician. She loves drawing,
painting, singing, learning how to play instruments and most of all
watching live performances. She is also very keen in sharing knowledge
that she has acquired in all the areas of her expertise, utilise the
skills she has obtained through her experiences while working with
others. Cynthia Flowchild Marangwanda[ Publicity Executive/Interim Spokesperson]
I'm Cynthia 'Flowchyld' Marangwanda,a female spoken-word poet,writer
and film student in her mid-20s.I started performing poetry in March
2008 at the Book Cafe although I had been writing stories and poetry
since I was very young.My greatest influence is my grandfather,John
Marangwanda.He was a pioneering Shona novelist in Zimbabwe and i
believe he passed on the writing gene to me.The themes I deal with in
my spoken-word include identity,spirituality,
consciousness,the state of modern humanity,urban
life,struggle,feminism from an african woman's perspective,the
politics of being and the individual in relation to the universal.I
try to incorporate elements of hip-hop into my spoken-word.I have
performed at such places as HIFA Poetry Cafe,House of Hunger Poetry
Slam,16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Shows,International
Images Film Festival,SADC Poetry Festival Namibia and a lot of other
different places.My passion is to empower,liberate and elevate girls
and women through my spoken-word poetry and to be the poetic voice of
my generation. Tinashe Nguluve[Logistics and Admin operations]
Tinashe Nguluve was born on the 24th of July 1988 in
Harare. i started off as an artist/musician in 2005 to 2007 i got so
fascinated with the production of music I've been working as a music
producer since 2007, I've worked on more than 12 musical projects up
to today, i then had an opportunity to go study music at the Zimbabwe
college of music for I'm a person how is egger to lean new artistic
ways to rediscover myself, i ventured into poetry in 2010 and I'm
finding myself to be a good writer for i have had my work performed by
numerous artists in the past year, I'm now venturing into script
writing i found out recently i have the skill to produce and write
short Films. I'm now working at the girl child creativity I'm part
time music producer and managing an artist. More is on the way for i
have been shown the way.
Kudakwashe Samantha Shambira[Admin and special events Assistant
I am a young lady aged 24. I was born and raised in Harare and it is during my school days that I realised my love for the arts. I would write short stories and poems even though I never won any of the competitions I entered. By the time I was in high school I was certain that writing was my calling. I often wrote speeches and poems for other students to perform. It was then that I became a member of the Budding Writers Association of Zimbabwe. After leaving high school, became actively involved in the arts and after meeting such legendry female artists like Chiwoniso Maraire and Tsitsi Dangarenbga. The first big project I was involved in was the 'I am an artist' project with the Zimbabwe German Society between march and april of 2007. This involved writing poems and fusing them with visual art pieces to form one finished art piece. In this project, I met some great artists such as Mbizo Chirasha and Masimba Hwati and forged lasting friendships. That same year, I was fortunate to get a chance to work for the Harare International Festival of the Arts where my passion and appetite for poetry were whetted. I was to work there again the following year. In May of that same year, I relocated and worked in Swaziland for a small novice newspaper, The Swazi Advertiser as a newspaper agent. I was also privileged to work and perform with some of Swaziland's crème de la crème artists namely Mbongiseni Ngubane, Bongiwe Dhlamini, Jazz and Thobile Magagula. It was in Swaziland that I recorded my first poetry track with French born Vincent Caudry entitled, minimal animal. After a short stay with them I returned to Zimbabwe and was involved in a short film project called, Kare ndinhasi with another good friend, Kumbulani Zamuchiya. Our short film premiered at the Youth On Film International (YOFI) festival and was also shown at the US embassy public affairs section. I also used to perform at the Book Cafe regularly. Iwas also privileged to perform at the 2008 International Women's day commemoration held at the Zimbabwe National Art Gallery. In 2008 i performed at the International Aids day commemoration held at the Harare gardens. That was the first time i performed my track, minimal animal and yet again at the African Drumbeat festival held at alliance fransaise and co ordinated by Mbizo Chirasha. At that time I was a student studying Journalism and mass communication between 2006 and 2008. All this activity did not deter me from my first love, writing. In fact, it encouraged me to write even more. Some of my work was published in the, People magazine and quite recently, the, Daily news, a local daily newspaper. Currently, I am working on a short collection of some of my best pieces of work which is yet to be titled. I also run a small family business and i'm a member of the Harare Women's Network. Of all the jobs i've had in my lifetime, none beat being a mother of a lovely little girl!
Tinashe Mpofu aka Doc Vikela[ Artists/Outreach Executive]
INTRO… Regarded as the most frank and candid Zimbabwean Comedian in the world, Doc Vikela stands tall as a cross – cutting, pragmatic, awesome, good – looking and available comedian. His experiences in life range from being a university drop out, school master, Human Resources Consultant to a renowned model choreographer and now he has finally got his call to serve.
…..DUCTION and BIO… Doc Vikela was born as Victor Tinashe Mpofu some 25 years ago in the rich plains of Gokwe South in a family of two boys. At the age of 8 it was time for this great phenomenon to move to newer and untamed area in the form of Gweru from whence his stature began growing from strength to strength. School became his new hunting ground and showed a lot of promise only to be shot down by the good grades he kept on attaining. At 18 he successfully attained fair A Level grades and could not stand the sight of University crushing his zeal, drive and esteem and thus dropped out!!!!!!!!!!!!! At 19 he became a relief teacher (Ascot Secondary and Mkoba 3 High School). At 20 he became a supervisor with Reflections Paper Products where he was fired for alleged theft which was however never substantiated. From there he was to teach at