Siphokazi Jonas

AboutSiphokazi Jonas

Siphokazi Jonas is a writer, poet, performer, and storyteller with a strong national

footprint and growing international presence. She holds a MA in English Literature

BA in Drama and English from the University of Cape Town. Her background in the

theatre is what makes her a truly captivating performer whose work has a lasting

impact on all audiences. She has written and performed in numerous productions

including #WeAreDyingHere (2020) at Artscape and Joburg Theatre, and Around the

Fire (2018) at Artscape Theatre. She is a co-producer, co-writer, and performer on

the short film adaptation of the #WeAreDyingHere film. In 2016 she was the first

African ever to perform at Rhetoric, the largest poetry event in the world in Los

Angeles, California. In 2015 she was crowned the Cape Town Ultimate Slam

Champion. Her poetry education project also won Western Cape Top Achiever at the

DAC Debut Awards in 2019.

 

Siphokazi has shared the stage with South African legends such as Thembi Mtshali-

Jones, Celeste Matthews-Wannenburgh, Natalia da Rocha; musicians Hotstix

Mabuse, Pops Mohamed, Zolani Mahola, and Freshlyground. She was also one of

the storytellers invited to perform for Yo-Yo Ma on his visit to Cape Town. Siphokazi

has performed alongside international poets at major literary festivals and poetry

sessions around the country. Her work has been profiled national television on

SABC 3’s Expresso and SABC 2’s Hectic Nine-9 and Nhlanhla Ya Rixaka. She also

performed at the 2021 State of the Nation Address. Her poem, A place of many

names was commissioned for the collaboration between Google Arts and Culture

and SA Tourism. Siphokazi teaches spoken word and theatre online at an

elementary school in Florida, USA.