By: Tasneem Amos
Open your own doors!!! The one person with a broader view of the dream is you, if you dont do it for yourself you will never know if you have really failed. Be patient with yourself and your craft, and pray tirelessly
Some advice from Kush for anyone wanting to venture into the creative world.
Lindokuhle “Kush” Mahleka is a 25 year old word expressionist that hails from the Eastern Cape. She studied Performing Arts at a Creative Arts College in Durban and is currently working on her first book of poetry and visuals, which could award her one of her dreams of working abroad.
Kush was introduced to poetry back in ’06 and stepped onto the stage for the very first time in 2007. She has since achieved quite a bit through her poetry journey and has dreams of soaring on. She was NMMU’s best poet in 2014, placed in the top three finalists for the EC Word N Sound competition and has had some of her work published in the EC Book Festival’s: Poetry Anthology. She is the co-founder of Umtata’s Word Festival and is also an executive member of the Resonance Poetry Movement.
A sound reflection of her work ethic and passion indeed.
When asked how the Arts changed her life, Kush explained that it healed parts of her that she never knew were broken. She says that the Arts created a louder voice for a kid who was punished for being different. “It gave me a better ear for others to”, she says.
Her journey hasn’t been all roses and unicorns. Like most arts, finding a paying gig or sponsorship and also not having her field of arts not being accepted at home, are just a few of the things that make it challenging for her but this is no force too great to stop her. She looks to prayer, writing and laughter with friends to help her cope through it all and describes the support from her Aunt Makazi, as being one of her major and consistent support structures.
Kush uses social media to be proactive, especially when it comes to making performance opportunities avail themselves, in cities other than the commons. She has managed to perform in Polokwane twice and has dreams of visiting Cape Town, JHB and three neighbouring countries.
She affirms that one day when she continues to tell the stories that don’t seem to matter, she wishes to reach girls who question the purpose of their big voices. She envisions poetry as a dependable source of income in the future.
Young and determined indeed.
This month’s edition is dedicated to creatives doing big things, and big things are sure being done.