Magical Realism, politics and everyday life. Xabiso Vili looks for the magic in the mundane and the mundane in the magical.
Xabiso Vili is a performer, writer and social activist. His writings explore his inner world to relate to the outer world. He is the champion of multiple slams and poet of the year 2014/2015. Xabiso has been published in various anthologies and online. He has performed all over South Africa, in Scotland, UK, the U.S. and India. He strongly believes that art influences his community positively and is constantly working towards creating alternative stages for art to be shared. Xabiso also runs writing, performance and event organizing workshops through Scribe Rites, a performance writing collective he co-founded that has produced other award-winning writers and performers. He also works with various abandoned spaces in Pretoria and converts them into art hubs. He released his album, "Eating My Skin", created with Favela Ninjas in 2016. His one-man show “Black Boi Be” has travelled extensively to critical acclaim in 2017 and “Laughing In My Father’s Voice” is his first collection of poems released in August of 2018. In 2019, he was awarded the Digital Lab Africa Web Creation Prize and will spend 2020 creating a digital art exhibition called “Re/Member Your Descendants”.
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