Nokuthula Mbongo, 'Thuli Da Poetess'is inspired by boundless beauty, living nature, and everyday people realities,rooted in spirituality and sparkled by a soul passion for creating aspiring worlds that ignite imagination into the beyond.....
Memories flash back to early days when her performance poetry ventures were seeded in the Vaal, an area straddling the Vaal river and fondly recognised as Gauteng’s urban heart .
When the teacher left the classroom, Thuli performed her poetry for classmates and soon , the local library became flooded with worded sounds flowing through the voice channels of ‘Thuli Da Poetess’.
“Writing exposed me to different languages as writing was a language on its own”
I mainly use English, but other African languages like Tswana and Swati as well and wish to use more. Sipho Mushwana, from the story development team on a groundbreaking feature film in development on the African Continent, #LANGUAGE REVOLUTION #SHUJAA _ KIROHO MTOTO ( spirit child taking back our Earth) following a language revolution, introduced me to a pertinent language on our continent, Kiswahili.
With my storytelling I wish to always influence the good.
“African languages as they tap into spirit or soul on earth .
We awaken the fallen creators.
We connect to them .
We give life to the lifeless.” Thuli Da Poetess
Based in Sebokeng, Zone 7, she encountered word rhythms with another poet called Touric. They created a group of four to explore events in the regional districts of Zone7 and Zone 12. The group eventually did split as time went by and life progressed in separated destined paths.
My pen was my sword healer and helper Thuli Da Poetess
Following regular performances at the Evaton church, by 2017, a special invitation called Thuli DaPoetes to perform at Lekoa FM, a local radio station. Performances were ongoing and she planted a thirst for her words.
Later that year she performed Braam Fischer after moving to Soweto. She met Soul Gondwana, and featured in two tracks and completed a recording of two memorable songs that were feathered with poetic sounds from ‘Thuli da Poetess’
After relocating back to the Vaal she met her manager and had a world of new opportunities arrived. She performed at the Soweto theatre, and at Protea Glen on June 16 in 2018 (a day commemorating youth uprising during the struggle period in South Africa)
Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica , South Africa’s Rhythmic flow bringing out the words -Thuli Da Poetess
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
What drives me are life challenges which I learn from …my family and love for creativity. Writing and using my hand is my passion.
Writing and language are eternal friends that cannot be seperated. My writing was my healing in the voiceless of time where I was seemingly a passenger at the back seat of my life and was transitioning from a child to a teenager …very curious ,very vulnerable
I don’t only write but style locks and can do more when given an opportunity and resources
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I was 17 when I found my passion then started performing in 2014 .
I started writing a diary. From there it developed into poetry …I was very shy and quiet so my pen gave me that voice and was my friend.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
What appeals to me the most about my passion is the creative part of it …relating to people and influencing their mindsets. Putting myself in people’s shoes. Living many lives I never lived creating a world of imagination
What drove you to make money from your passions?
What drove me to make money from my passion….well truly I have not made money out of my passion yet, like any real income
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
It is something I look forward to, at some stage
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
My love for art and my gift
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
The love and the passion I have for creativity and my family because they believe in my craft more and my potential
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I am not what you see or what you thought I am. Never judge the book by its cover.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
The sky is the limit everything and anything is possible …never stop believing in beautiful realities of your arts or passion. Love what you do and rest will follow