MoAfrika wa Mokgathi

AboutMoAfrika wa Mokgathi

Muriel Mokgathi-Mvubu known by her pen name MoAfrika wa Mokgathi is a Mamelodi born, South African based multifaceted artist, who is a Poet, Author, Performer, Cultural

activist, teaching artist, Curator, award winning Radio Presenter-Producer and a serial civic

leader amongst many in her talent hat. MoAfrika author of “My tongue is a rainbow “her poetry debut collection which was launched in Washington DC (USA) in April 2019 as part of the Azania to DC (#AzaniaToDC) Poetry tour and cultural exchange. The collection explores marginalised languages which are dying out, race, equality and inequality, women and children abuse and all that jazz.  MoAfrika started her artistic journey in 1999, professionally in 2005. Her uncle GoMoMo (Godfrey Modiba Mokgathi) and grandfather Ngwaoko Mokgathi played an indispensable role in her style of writing, using code mixing and code switching of English and Sepedi, which has become her signature style. 20 Years later in 2021 her fusion of poetry and music, Jazz / soul and Kiba vocals and rhymes has ushered her to headline an impressive list of literary events and festivals in South Africa, China, USA, and Sweden. Some of her works have been featured on community and online publications, national sub Saharan Radio stations like SAFM, Kaya FM, Ubuntu Radio and Channel Afrika and Tv shows like and Trendz (Dstv channel 404) , eTV The Morning show and eNCA (Dstv channel 404) . Recordings include Tribe Soul’s EP (2011), (Ndosa Kusa) Nduduzo Makhathini’s album

sketches of tomorrow (2014) and the 2019 Mzansi Jazz awards winner (Contemporary Jazz Album) Gabi Motuba’s Tefiti Goddess of creation (2018). MoAfrika is Co-founder of Hear My Voice an NGO that uses poetry as catalyst to address social issues (Uncensored), Hear My Voice has been assisting poets though its Poetry Relief fund during Covid-19 lockdowns in South Africa. She seats on the Airco (Association of independent Record Companies) as a non-executive and board member advocating for indies in the country. She is a director of (Jazz Camp for Female Instrumentalist) JCFI- Mamelodi, teaching young women to read and write music, Poetry, Drama, Dance and fine arts the show business. MoAfrika is currently working a music and poetry album “From Mamelodi to Mali “and a number of poetry and music commissioned work.