Queen of Lyrics, Rhymes: Poetess Zee'
She is the newest poet sensation and is surely destined for bigger things. Her mentor Mbongeseni ‘Bho-loja’ Ngubane describes her as a very talented poet who has a bright future in the industry. This is none other than UNISWA student Zinhle Simelane who goes by the stage name ‘Poetess Zee’ and a second year student studying BA Humanities.
Raised under the care of her grandmother at Ndzingeni in the Hhohho region, Simelane can spit a rhyming freestyle poem just about anything from out of the blue. That she did during an interview with Gcwala this week.
‘Poetess Zee’ is now harnessing a talent as a student at Bholoja Arts, Technology and Educational Foundation. "I started poetry when I was still at secondary school after I had this dream where I was reading a script written in a poetry format titled ‘Dear Mama’.
"When I woke up from that dream, strange as it may sound, I was able to recite it word for word and that was my first poem and since then I have been writing poems nonstop," said the 23-year-old Zinhle.
Loaded in her phone memory are poem write-ups which she says she writes about anything the minute an idea pops up her mind. "I write big time," she says, "and for me it comes like a rush through the brains and for that reason I even call myself a prisoner of words. It’s like being possessed"
Zinhle is the first on her mother’s side and second to her father. She went to Ndzingeni Primary and High School. Her favourite subject was English Language. She has big plans and says she is ever ready to even release a full album of her poems as well as write a book on poetry.
She is signed under Rooted Soulz.
"I met Themba of Rooted Soulz sometime last year after which Sihle Mtsetfwa then introduced me to Bholoja who is now nurturing my skills. I also intend venturing into dancing and singing as well," she says.
Most of her poems are motivational with a flair of culture. "I also write about love. However, I have never put anything on paper which has to do with politics, maybe that is because I’ve always had less interest in politics," she said.
When asked what else she does besides writing she responded: "I read a lot. If I am not reading I am writing poems or doing my school work. I am not a TV fan. However, I do listen to a lot of music more especially African sound beats."
Zinhle is on Facebook.
"I intend also to write a short book about social networking sites. People have this mentality that such networks like facebook are all evil and nothing good can come out of them which is not the case.
"I worry a lot when I hear some people saying Facebook is for heathens which is a totally a wrong and misleading concept," she says.
Zinhle’s passion for poetry and her desire to share her writings with the world Gcwala will be featuring her poems every week in these pages and we wish her the best of luck in the world of art.
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