Xabiso Vili

Xabiso Vili
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Poetry as Polyamory as Political Action


Xabiso Vili is a performer, writer, and social activist from South Africa, currently working in the City of Tshwane. His writings help him explore his inner world so as to be able to relate to the outer world.

He is the Pretoria Spoken Sessions Slam League Champion 2015/16 and the Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition Champion 2015. He has also represented the Eastern Cape in the Lover + Another Regional Poetry Slam (2011) and in 2013, he won the Gauteng Regional Slam and came in 3rd in the National Slam. Xabiso was also the Word N Sound poet of the year in 2014 and 2015.

Xabiso has been published in various anthologies and online, including SACE High School anthologies (2008, 2009, and 2010), Black Communion, Poetry Potion, Badilisha Poetry X-Change and most recently, Sky and Dust.

He has performed all over South Africa, in the UK and the U.S., including Cape Town, Grahamstown, Johannesburg, London, Scotland and Washington D.C. He strongly believes that art influences his community positively and thus is constantly working towards creating alternative stages for art to be shared in innovative ways. Xabiso also runs writing, performance and event organizing workshops.

He has recently released his African contemporary Lounge and Spoken Word fusion Album called; "Eating My Skin", created in collaboration with Favela Ninjas. He is also touring his one-man show; "Eating My Skin" and is launching his album in willing participants' homes and lounges in his Live Lounge Launches".