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Badilisha Poetry Xchange

Badilisha Radio was launched at the beginning of May as a home to a collection of live recordings of poets from Africa and the Diaspora.

The site launches with 25 podcasts of astounding calibre, including: Zena Edwards (UK), Michael Mabwe (Zim), Mojisola Adeyabo (UK), Omekongo Wa Dibinga (USA/DRC), Gabeba Baderoon (SA), Breyten Breytenbach (SA/Senegal), Lemn Sissay (UK/Ethiopia), D’bi Young (Canada/Jamaica), Tania Van Schalkwyk (SA/Mauritius), Mwila Mambwe (DRC), Emile Jansen (SA), Shailja Patel (Kenya), Philippa Yaa De Villiers (SA), Musa Okwonga, (UK/ Uganda), Ben ‘Caesar’ Le Roux (Dominica/SA), Halejoetse Tsehlana (Lesotho), Jethro ‘Tanneman Xam’ Louw (SA), Jacqueline ‘Pretty Poet’ Kibacha (Tanzania), Croc E Moses (Swaziland/SA), Morgan ‘Mwalim’ Peters (USA/Barbados), Warsan Shire (UK/Somalia), Aryan Kaganof (SA), Ngoma Hill (USA), Dorothea Smartt (UK/Barbados), and Samantha Thornhill (USA).

The clips can be streamed or downloaded and you can leave comments for each one.  Follow Badilisha on Twitter and Facebook.  As a taster here is a clip from  Ben Caesar – “I Stand Against” ,  a response to violence against women.


  1. Gabrielle Le Roux

    Wonderful initiative! Congratulations and a big thank you to Malika Ndlovu and her collaborators in creating Badilisha and to the wonderful poets who are sharing their work this way. What a feast!

    And just as importantly HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sokari, the wonderfully inspired and inspiring creator of blacklooks! And thank you for another year of tireless voluntary work putting together this stimulating and enriching blog that is appreciated day after day, year after year by so many thousands of people worldwide. Thank you!!

  2. Sokari

    Gabrielle – Thank you for your kind words and for caring 🙂