Tumelo Khoza is a Spoken Word artist who is based in Durban. She grew up in Eshowe, a small town in northern KZN where her parents were both teachers. After the death of her father she was raised by her mother. She first fell in love with poetry in Grade 4 and was introduced to hip hop in Grade 11. The combination of these styles is known as Performance Poetry. She writes about matters of the heart, society, gender differences and equality, exploring the different shades and colours of the language by means of figures of speech and imagery.
Tumelo has performed and participated in the following festivals to name but a few:
She also contributed to Letter to South Africa: Poets Calling the State to Order. Which is an anthology of South African poems in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and Sepedi, all with English translations, addressing the Republic along the lines of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “America” in a nationwide appeal by poets calling the state to order.
2011. Letter to South Africa: Poets Calling the State to Order. Umuzi.