Friday 1 September 2017

Kela Griot

Kgosigadi Kela Griot 

Scribe | Poet | V/O Artist | Playwright | Copywriter | P.R Specialist |Model
Backing Vocalist.

Griot on Stage...

"Kela Griot Maswabi" is a scribe, lover of humanity and an evolving creative, finding expression in poetry, prose, playwrighting and just about anywhere else where ink marks the spot .

Voice of Cell C`s "Black", Inaugural Winner of the Canadian International CASA Play right competition and 2017 headliner at the annual Cape Town festival "Poetry in Mcgregor", she set off the year 2018 in style delivering the BET Human Rights Poem that aired on South Africa's Human Rights Day across Africa.
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Kela Griot & Ntate Don Matera - Melrose Gallery

Kela Griot's work has been published on Badilisha, Sibahle Online Magazine, Black On White, the acclaimed Conte Magazine #AfrikaIssue, Poetry
Potion 10th Edition and the Sol Plaatjie European Union Poetry Anthology for which she was longlisted. Her love for all things Afrikan led to her collaboration with musicians Luckey Mhebe and Duduzile Uthingo Majola. The experience was so beautiful that the trio formed a band "Asante" which fused Uthingo's signature Makhoyana and Mbira playing with Luckey's vocals and wizardry on keys with Kela Griot's moving story telling. Asante was the resident songoma band at Kisima's Health and Healing cafe.

Kela Griot has shared stages with Mak Manaka, Sello Maake ka Ncube, BCUC, Natalia Molebatsi, Myesha Jenkins, Rre Sipho Hotsticks Mabuse, Sakhile Moleshe, Rre Herbie Tsoaedi, Mkhulu Blondie Makhene, Rre Lefifi Tladi amongst a host of others. She was part of L7 Sativa's ensemble at Oppikoppi 2018 singing back up rocking out alongside POT, BOTM, Obsqo and Shynin Armour on the Bruilhof stage.

Art exists to fuel activism and this is what led to her to a moving collaboration with indigenous instrumentalist Farai Machingambi closing off the the Seed Dialogue by the African Centre for Biodeversity that was held at Constitution Hill in December 2017. "Without protecting that which sustains life, we are as good as inanimate. So there is no point really if what I create doesn't generate, protect or support life." Kela Griot states.

Described by Prof. Pitika Ntuli as "raw power" Kela Griot uses vivid imagery, childlike honesty and deep reflection to weave together stories. She describes herself as a deep empath and suspects that is why she is a medium for #heART. She hopes to help humanity art itself back to love, one poem and outlandish creative disruption at a time."

Sponsored events from: 5k (without live band).
12k (with live band)

Non sponsored events from: 2k (without band)
From: 5k (with band)

On set the ACTVST Summer Gear shoot

Twitter: @KelaGriot
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