Friday, July 14, 2017

Lesego Rampolokeng

Lesego Rampolokeng (1965) is a South African writer, playwright and performance poet from Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg. He studied law at the University of the North in South Africa, but he has not followed this path any further.
Lesego Rampolokeng came to prominence in the 1980s, a very turbulent time in South Africa. His poetry often criticises the establishment. His first instalment of poetry was Horns for Hondo (1991) and this was followed by End Beginnings (1993).
Lesego collaborates with musicians. He has performed in many countries and with musicians such as Julian Bahula, Soulemane Toure, Louis Mhlanga and Gunther Sommer
In one of his poems he claimed to "shoot the English with bullets that are British". In another piece of work, "Riding the Victim's Train" (on the CD / album The H.a.l.f Ranthology), Rampolokeng calls himself "a leper cast out in the desert, and cold, without a snout or paw in the pot of gold".

He participated in the 2001 Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam.

No comments:

Post a Comment