Poetry, Drama, Musical

I love it when an artist is able to project and still keep his persona and flair without losing the flow of his delivery. I am fascinated by how an actor on stage can transform from one character to more and yet in one body. As a poet and a writer, I am challenging myself to release the melodies I dream of and hear in my head.

WHAT I DO

Poetry

Live shows bring out the reality in me. I love the feedback I get right on the spot whether I fluffed lines or I said something that brings out a reaction from the audience. So as a Zulu poet I praise and I love it when ululations from the audience accompany my poem as this is usually done in our culture, when a poet praises, ululations come automatically so it becomes more of an unplanned and spontaneous collaboration, that’s when the magic happens for me. I love it when an artist is able to project and still keep his persona and flair without losing the flow of his delivery.

Drama

It was always lingering at the back of my mind that acting was my passion but I never gave it much attention until I started seeing plays at the theatre. I was fascinated by how an actor on stage can transform from one character to more and yet in one body. It took me time to figure out how I was going to get to the stage and start performances. I had a lot of unanswered questions and yet I had my aunt Mandy Kunene who sort of paraded the role of an artist in front of my eyes. It was funny because I grew up watching her on television but the thought of me being watched by her terrified me let alone performing for my friends.

Musical

Well, I guess music is embedded in most of us and as a poet and a writer I am challenging myself to release these melodies I dream of and hear in my head. I would be walking sometimes just to feel the breeze and the next thing I am hearing djembes and harps in a concoction or it would be just a base guitar and I throw in lines but lately, I am fascinated by the violin. She has me sinking to her highs and lows and I bow to her presence and get serenaded completely and I loose myself.

MY STORY

Hector Kunene

Hector Kunene is a poet born and bred in Kwazulu Natal ( 1981 ) in a location called Hammarsdale. He grew up there and due to the passing of his mother he then relocated to Johannesburg to stay with his father and to complete his secondary schooling. It is when his love for the art began to show at the age of 16 when he wrote his first poem that was published in a school’s newsletter in Brysnton High School.

MY JOURNEY

  • 2010

    First Anthology

    In 2010 he won the writer of the year from the two books he published in Bloemfontein. His first anthology “Through the tunnel” published in 2010 which was then followed by a biographical work or edition of Omoseye Bolaji, a man who played a major role in Kunene’s life as a budding writer. Both books were published by New Voices in Cape Town.

  • 2013

    Quitting a Full Time Job

    In 2013 Kunene left the official duty to pursue his artistic journey and never looked back. He started performing in poetry sessions called Colourful Poetry Nights led by Serame “Icebound” Makhele and Bloem Poetry Nights which then made his a popular poet in Bloemfontein and in the province at large.

  • 2015

    Achievements and Awards

    In October 2015 Kunene received his first International Artistic show in Botswana, to be part of the Maun International Arts Festival where he went on headlining as the winner of its first ever Poetry Slam Championship and returned to South Africa with a title. The Howick Writers Festival led by Darryl David also honoured Kunene with an appreciation award for his contribution to a successful festival which had the likes of novelist Mirriam Tladi and the political veteran Ahmed Kathrada whom both are since late.

  • 2016

    Author of His Book

    The next instalment was My Muse – In the healing Season, a book on a journey of love which is very personal to Kunene and co-written with Nthabiseng Jahrose Jafta, some of his poems are shared on stage as they appear in the book! My Muse was then adapted into a play by both writers and directed by Godfrey Manenyewhich opened at Pacofs and was staged for two consecutive successful nights.